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Billing for Image Search

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2019

Billing overview

You can purchase a Subscription-billed resource package for Image Search. Your billing fee for this subscription is calculated based on the potential quantity of indexed images and the QPS quota of calls you require on a monthly basis.

  • The quantity of indexed images refers to the number of images you upload when you create indexes. This number is calculated on a monthly basis.

  • The QPS quota of calls refers to the number of queries to the Image Search API conducted each second. This number is calculated on a second basis. Your QPS quota determines how many business operations you are capable to handle at one time. For example, if you purchase subscription package with a QPS quota of 5, you can add new images up to five times or query images up to five times within a second. (With this package, the QPS quota for deleting images is 20, rather than 5.)

Billing price list

The following table details specific figures based on the billing method you choose for your Subscription-billed resource package. The numbers of the indexed image quantities and QPS quota of calls given are the maximum number allowed for each package. For reference purposes, prices are given in USD.

Subscription Billing method Indexed image quantity (month) QPS quota of calls (second) Price (USD)
Free Trial Free of charge (1 month) 100,000 1 $0.00
Subscription Prepaid (1 month) 2,500,000 5 $800.00
10 $1,500.00
Subscription Prepaid (1 month) 5,000,000 5 $1,600.00
10 $2,900.00
Subscription Prepaid (1 month) 10,000,000 5 $2,900.00
10 $5,500.00
Subscription Prepaid (1 month) 20,000,000 5 $5,500.00
10 $10,300.00
Subscription Prepaid (1 month) 30,000,000 5 $7,900.00
10 $14,700.00
Subscription Prepaid (1 month) 40,000,000 5 $10,000.00
10 $18,600.00
Subscription Prepaid (1 month) 50,000,000 5 $11,800.00
10 $22,100.00

Notes:

  1. The preceding prices are calculated based on potential capacity scenarios for uploading indexed images and for the QPS quota of calls to be sent. Note that you cannot purchase resource packages separately, and resource packages can only be purchased once a month.

  2. The number of API calls is unlimited in a Subscription-billed resource packages.

  3. You can use a resource package Free Trial for one month. However, note that a Free Trials are limited to one use per customer and cannot be renewed.

  4. If you want to purchase a resource package that is larger than the largest package given here, contact Alibaba Cloud customer service or email us at imagesearch-support@alibaba-inc.com for a custom quote.

Upgrading and downgrading

You can upgrade or downgrade your current resource package at any time. After you upgrade or downgrade a resource package, the effective period for your Subscription-billed resource package remains the same. Your previous Subscription becomes invalid at the same time that the upgrade takes effect. Subscription payments for an upgraded or downgraded resource package are calculated based on the difference between the billing balance for the new and old resource packages.

Renewal

You can renew your purchased resource package at any time. When renewing a resource package, specify the service duration and specifications. The system displays the price for your specified Subscription-billed resource package. Then, after you click Renew, the effective period for your Subscription will change accordingly.

Overdue payments

In the case that the quota of your purchased resource package has been exhausted but you do not renew or extend the package, your instances are retained for an additional 15 days and then released.