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Consolidated billing

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2019

Consolidated billing

An enterprise may have multiple Alibaba Cloud accounts using EDAS at the same time, like admin@alibabacloud.com, dept.1@alibabacloud.com, and dept.2@alibabacloud.com. If EDAS service is activated for each of these three accounts, then costs are incurred for each account, which is a waste. To optimize resource allocation and minimize cost, EDAS service can be activated for one account, and shared among all other accounts bound to this account.

After you subscribe to EDAS service with a company account as the billing account, you can use this account to log on to the EDAS console and bind other accounts to it, and then those bound accounts can also use EDAS service.

Count application instances

After the company’s accounts are bound to the billing account, the number of application instances used by all the accounts will be summed up and charged against the billing account.

Suppose a company has the following three accounts:

Billing account: admin@alibabacloud.com. It is used to activate the EDAS services, and uses 120 instances out of maximum 200 allowed.

Account A(dept.1@alibabacloud.com): Bound to the billing account and uses 50 instances.

Account B(dept.2@alibabacloud.com): Bound to the billing account and uses 10 instances.

Therefore, the company uses a total of 180 instances (120 + 50 + 10 = 180), which is within the limit of 200 instances.

Consolidated billing process

  1. Subscribe to EDAS with a primary account which is designated as the billing account.

  2. Bind primary accounts to the billing account.

    1. Depending on the account type, go to the EDAS console, and then select Accounts > Primary Accounts from the left-side navigation pane.

      primary-account-mgmt

    2. At the upper-right corner of the page, click the Bind Primary Account button, and then enter a valid Alibaba Cloud account number, the maximum number of instances allowed for the account and edition.

      Note: The value can effectively protect the billing account from going over the maximum number of instances allowed for it due to misoperations on the bound accounts.

  3. When logging on to the EDAS console with a bound primary account, you can see the binding request on the displayed page. Click OK to complete account binding.