Subscription indicates that you must make an upfront payment to use a dedicated host. You can purchase a yearly or monthly subscription based on your needs. This topic describes the status changes of associated resources after a subscription dedicated host expires.This topic also describes the methods to renew a dedicated host and check bills, and the limits that apply when you use a dedicated host.

Billing cycle

A billing cycle starts from the time a dedicated host is purchased, and ends at 00:00:00 on the day following the expiration date. The billing cycle is accurate to the second. It follows the UTC+8 time zone.

For example, you purchased a monthly subscription for a dedicated host at 13:23:56 on March 12, 2018. In this case, the subscription expired at 00:00:00 on April 13, 2018.

You can create both subscription and pay-as-you-go Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances on a subscription dedicated host. You are not charged for the vCPUs, memory, and local SSDs of the ECS instances. However, you are charged for additional ECS resources, such as paid images, disks, public bandwidth, and snapshots, as shown in the following table.
Instance billing method Instance status Billing of additional ECS resources
Subscription Running You are charged for additional ECS resources such as images, disks, public bandwidth, and snapshots based on their individual billing methods.
Stopped You are charged for additional ECS resources such as images, disks, public bandwidth, and snapshots based on their individual billing methods.
Pay-as-you-go Running You are charged for additional ECS resources such as images, disks, public bandwidth, and snapshots based on their individual billing methods.
Stopped
  • If the economical mode is disabled, you are charged for additional ECS resources such as images, disks, public bandwidth, and snapshots based on their individual billing methods.
  • If the economical mode is enabled:
    • Image: Images are retained. The billing for paid images continues.
    • Disk: Disks are retained, and the billing continues.
    • Public bandwidth:
      • If ECS instances are assigned public IP addresses, the IP addresses are released and you are no longer charged for the public bandwidth.
      • If ECS instances are associated with elastic IP addresses (EIPs), the EIPs remain unchanged. You are charged for the EIPs until the instances are stopped.
      Note After ECS instances are stopped, the private IP addresses of the instances remain unchanged.
    • Snapshot: Snapshots are retained, and the billing continues.

Pricing

For pricing about dedicated hosts, go to the Dedicated Host section on the Pricing tab of the ECS product page.

Renewal methods

After a billing cycle expires, you can manually renew your subscription. For more information, see Manually renew a dedicated host.

You can also enable the auto renewal feature when you purchase a subscription dedicated host. If you enable auto-renewal for a dedicated host, fees are deducted from your credit card or PayPal account on the expiration date. If fees fail to be deducted, the system attempts to deduct the fees 6 days and 14 days after the expiration date until the renewal is successful. For more information, see Enable auto-renewal.

Change billing methods

After you purchase a subscription dedicated host, you cannot change the billing method. However, you can switch the billing method of an ECS instance on a dedicated host from pay-as-you-go to subscription. For more information, see Change the billing method of an instance from pay-as-you-go to subscription.

Resource status changes of dedicated hosts after expiration

The status of the resources may change on the expiration date based on whether auto renewal is enabled.
  • The following table describes the resource status changes that occur if the auto renewal feature is not enabled.
    Period DDH ECS instance (vCPU and memory) Additional ECS resources, such as images, disks, public bandwidth, and snapshots
    Within 15 days after the expiration date The dedicated host is shut down at any time from 00:00:00 of the expiration date to 00:00:00 of the following day. ECS instances are automatically stopped after subscription dedicated hosts are stopped.
    • For information about the status changes of subscription resources, see Subscription.
    • For information about the status changes of pay-as-you-go resources, see Pay-as-you-go.
    15 days after the expiration date The dedicated host is released. All ECS instances on the dedicated host are released. The related data is lost and cannot be recovered.
    • For information about the status changes of subscription resources, see Subscription.
    • For information about the status changes of pay-as-you-go resources, see Pay-as-you-go.
  • The following table describes the resource status changes that occur if you have enabled the auto renewal feature but your payment fails.
    Period DDH ECS instance (vCPU and memory) Additional ECS resources, such as images, disks, public bandwidth, and snapshots
    Within 15 days after the expiration date Working as expected. Working as expected. Working as expected.
    15 days after the expiration date The dedicated host is shut down at any time from 00:00:00 of the fifteenth day to 00:00:00 of the sixteenth day after the subscription expires. ECS instances are automatically stopped after subscription dedicated hosts are stopped.
    • For information about the status changes of subscription resources, see Subscription.
    • For information about the status changes of pay-as-you-go resources, see Pay-as-you-go.
    30 days after the expiration date The dedicated host is released. All ECS instances on the dedicated host are released. The related data is lost and cannot be recovered.
    • For information about the status changes of subscription resources, see Subscription.
    • For information about the status changes of pay-as-you-go resources, see Pay-as-you-go.
Note Before an ECS instance is automatically released, you can migrate it to another subscription dedicated host. Additional ECS resources can be migrated along with the instance. For more information, see Migrate ECS instances between different dedicated hosts.

Overdue payments

  • For information about the resource status changes that occur after a subscription dedicated host expires, see Resource status changes of dedicated hosts after expiration.

    If you want to continue using the dedicated host, you must settle overdue payments and then renew your subscription. For more information, see Manually renew a dedicated host.

  • The following table describes the resource status changes that occur if the subscription dedicated host does not expire.
    Resource Status
    DDH Working as expected before expiration.
    ECS instance (vCPU and memory) Working as expected before expiration.

    When you created a dedicated host, you paid for the CPU, memory, and local SSDs (optional) of the ECS instance. In this case, the status of the instance is the same as that of the dedicated host.

    Paid image
    • For information about the status changes of subscription images, see Subscription.
    • For information about the status changes of pay-as-you-go images, see Pay-as-you-go.
    Disk
    • For information about the status changes of subscription disks, see Subscription.
    • For information about the status changes of pay-as-you-go disks, see Pay-as-you-go.
    EIP
    • For information about the status changes of subscription EIPs, see Subscription.
    • For information about the status changes of pay-as-you-go EIPs, see Pay-as-you-go.
    Snapshot For more information, see Snapshots.

Limits

When you use subscription dedicated hosts, take note of the following limits:
  • When you create a subscription ECS instance on a dedicated host, the expiration time of the instance cannot be later than that of the dedicated host.
  • When you renew a subscription ECS instance, the expiration time of the instance cannot be later than that of the dedicated host. If the auto renewal time specified for an ECS instance is later than that of the dedicated host, the auto renewal settings fail to take effect.
  • If you switch the billing method of an ECS instance from pay-as-you-go to subscription, the expiration time of the instance cannot be later than that of the dedicated host.
  • After you purchase a subscription dedicated host, you cannot apply for a refund.

View bills

Log on to the Billing Management console, and view the bills of your subscription dedicated hosts on the Bills page.