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Billing method

Last Updated: May 31, 2020

ApsaraDB supports the following two payment options.

Billing method Description Notes
  • In subscription method you must pay when you create the instance.
  • If you buy a 10 months monthly subscription, you get a 2 months complimentary service free of charge.
    • During the contract period, the instance can only be upgraded, and cannot be downgraded or released.
    • Subscribed instances cannot be converted to Pay-As-You-Go instances.
      • The billing cycle is 1 hour. If you use an instance for less than one hour, you are charged for the full hour.
      • If you change the instance capacity within one billing cycle, the billed amount is calculated based on the largest capacity used during the cycle.
        For example, if your instance capacity is 1 GB at 01:10 and changed to 8 GB at 01:20 and later to 2 GB at 01:50, then the instance is billed for the 8-GB capacity during the billing cycle between 01:00 and 02:00.
      • The bill is generally provided within one hour (not later than 3 hours) after the current billing cycle. The specific time may vary depending on the system billing time.
        For example, the bill for the billing cycle from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. is generally provided before 11:00 a.m.
      • After a bill is generated, the fee is automatically deducted from your account balance.
      • The instance can be released at any time, and no fee is charged after release.
      • A Pay-As-You-Go instance can be converted to a subscribed instance. After the billing method is successfully changed, the instance is billed in Subscription mode.
      • Every real-name authenticated Alibaba Cloud account can activate a maximum of 10 Pay-As-You-Go instances (including ApsaraDB for Memcache and ApsaraDB for Memcache instances). If you need more instances or intend to purchase instances with larger capacities, you can open a ticket to apply accordingly.


      • ApsaraDB for Memcache charges fees based on the instance capacity you have activated, rather than the cache capacity that you actually use.

        For example, if you have activated a 2 GB ApsaraDB for Memcache instance storing 256 MB data, the instance is charged based on the capacity of 2 GB.

      • Intranet traffic that arises from using ApsaraDB for Memcache instances is free of charge. That is, the data transmitted between ECS and ApsaraDB for Memcache is free of charge.