Alibaba Cloud charges fees for the initiator instance of a peering connection and does not charge fees for the acceptor instance.

Billing method

Billing method Description Configuration change Expiration and overdue payment
Subscription You must pay for a peering connection on a monthly or yearly basis when you purchase it.

You can change the configuration of a peering connection when you renew it.

  • The initiator instance stops forwarding traffic 15 days after the peering connection expires. If you do not renew the peering connection, the initiator instance is locked. After the peering connection expires, Alibaba Cloud sends you reminders on the 8th, 12th, and 14th days. After the initiator instance is locked, Alibaba Cloud also sends you reminders on the 8th, 12th, and 14th days.
  • After you clear the overdue payment, the initiator instance resumes forwarding traffic.
  • The initiator instance is released 15 days after it is locked. Its configuration is cleared and cannot be restored.

Prices of peering connections

Alibaba Cloud charges fees for the initiator instance of a peering connection and does not charge fees for the acceptor instance. The prices vary based on the bandwidth of the initiator instance and the distance between the initiator and acceptor instances. The prices of peering connections between VPCs in the same region are lower than the prices of peering connections between VPCs across regions.
  • The final prices of cross-region peering connections are subject to the amount displayed on the buy page. If you have questions about the prices, consult your business manager.

  • The following table provides the price of peering connections in the same region. However, Alibaba Cloud does not charge you for such peering connections until August 01, 2021.
    Table 1. Price of peering connections in the same region in mainland China
    Bandwidth (Gbit/s) Initiator instance (USD/month)
    1 70