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How to charge for traffic

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2019

How to charge for traffic

  • A pay-by-traffic data plan offers a monthly data transfer. Traffic included in the traffic package is free of charge. Traffic that exceeds the traffic package is charged based on the amount that you use.
  • Only outbound traffic is counted as used traffic, and this includes monthly traffic package and the traffic that exceeds the quota of the traffic package. Inbound traffic is not counted.
  • In the same Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) network, traffic between Simple Application Server instances is free of charge. You are charged for the Internet traffic between Simple Application Server instances and other Alibaba Cloud services.

Traffic packages

Simple Application Server offers free monthly traffic packages. A traffic package is dedicated to a single instance. In most cases, the quota of a traffic package can meet data transmission requirements. A traffic package is reset on the first day of each month. After the traffic package is reset, the amount of used traffic will start from zero.

Note: Notifications will be sent to customers when the amount of traffic used in a package exceeds 50%, 80%, and 95%.

How to charge for traffic after a traffic package is depleted

After a monthly traffic package is used up, the billing method is changed to pay-by-traffic. The charge incurred will be deducted from your account balance.Note: We recommend that you keep a sufficient balance in your account to ensure business continuity after a traffic package is depleted.

Overdue payment

If a monthly traffic package is depleted and the balance is insufficient to pay the charge incurred by actually used traffic, the overdue instance is suspended. After the overdue payment is settled, the instance will be reactivated.

How to view the details of traffic usage

You can choose Overview > Network to view the details of traffic usage (used/total) for a single instance.Used trafficYou can also click Details to view more information about daily traffic usage.Daily trafficFor the details of hourly traffic usage for all instances, you can choose Expense Center > Purchases Record > Usage Record to export usage records.Export usage records