Auto Scaling is free of charge. However, you must pay for the resources of other Alibaba Cloud services used in Auto Scaling, such as Elastic Compute Service (ECS), Server Load Balancer (SLB), and ApsaraDB for RDS instances.

ECS instances

Auto Scaling manages ECS instances. You are charged for instance-related resources such as instance types, Block Storage devices, and public bandwidth.

Service Description Reference
ECS ECS instances in scaling groups are categorized into the following types:
  • ECS instances that are manually added to scaling groups
  • ECS instances that are automatically created by Auto Scaling during scale-out events
    Note Only pay-as-you-go and preemptible instances can be automatically created.
Notice By default, Auto Scaling considers stopped ECS instances to be unhealthy, removes these instances from a scaling group, and may release them. If you want to retain some ECS instances, you must put these instances into the Protected state. For more information, see Switch to the protected state for an ECS instance.

Other Alibaba Cloud services

Auto Scaling does not create resources listed in the following table. Auto Scaling must associate scaling groups with these resources during the usage. You must create and pay for these resources in advance in the consoles of other Alibaba Cloud services or by calling API operations of other Alibaba Cloud services.

Service Description Reference
SLB If you want to associate a scaling group with SLB instances, you must create and pay for the SLB instances in advance. Billing method
ApsaraDB for RDS If you want to associate a scaling group with ApsaraDB for RDS instances, you must create and pay for the ApsaraDB for RDS instances in advance. Pricing, billing items, and billing methods