Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) provides multiple cluster types. The billable items and billing rules vary by cluster type. This topic describes the billable items and billing rules of ACK.

Billable items

  • Cluster management: ACK clusters are integrated with the capabilities of Alibaba Cloud in virtualization, storage, networking, and security. This allows ACK clusters to provide high-performance and scalable management of containerized applications. This also simplifies the operations required to create or scale clusters and allows you to focus on the development and management of containerized applications. Therefore, the cluster management fees of different cluster types are different. For more information, see Billing of cluster management.
  • Cloud services: You are charged for the Alibaba Cloud services that are used by ACK clusters. For more information, see Billing of cloud services.

Billing of cluster management

ACK provides the following cluster types: managed Kubernetes clusters, dedicated Kubernetes clusters, serverless Kubernetes (ASK) clusters, edge Kubernetes clusters, and registered Kubernetes clusters. Managed Kubernetes clusters include standard managed Kubernetes clusters and professional managed Kubernetes clusters. Edge Kubernetes clusters include standard edge Kubernetes clusters and professional edge Kubernetes clusters. The following table describes the billing rules for the management of different cluster types.
Cluster type Description Billing rule
Managed Kubernetes cluster Professional managed Kubernetes cluster

For more information, see Create a professional managed Kubernetes cluster.

USD 0.09/hour per cluster

For more information, see Billing of professional Kubernetes clusters.

Standard managed Kubernetes cluster

For more information, see Create a standard managed Kubernetes cluster.

Free of charge
Dedicated Kubernetes cluster

For more information, see Create a dedicated Kubernetes cluster.

Free of charge
ASK cluster

For more information, see Create an ASK cluster.

Free of charge
Edge Kubernetes cluster Professional edge Kubernetes cluster

For more information, see Create a professional edge Kubernetes cluster.

Edge Kubernetes clusters are in public preview and are free for use.

Standard edge Kubernetes cluster

For more information, see Create a managed edge Kubernetes cluster.

Registered Kubernetes cluster

For more information, see Create a cluster registration proxy and register an on-premises cluster.

Free of charge

Billing of cloud services

You are charged for the Alibaba Cloud services that are used by ACK clusters. The following table describes the billing rules of the related Alibaba Cloud services.
Cloud service Activation Description Billing rule
Elastic Compute Service (ECS) Required
Note ECS is not required when you create ASK clusters.
This service can be used to create nodes in ACK clusters. ECS is not required when you create ASK clusters.

For more information, see What is ECS?.

Billing overview
Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Required This service can be used to build networks and create routing rules for ACK clusters.

For more information, see What is a VPC?.

Billing
NAT Gateway Required This service enables ACK clusters to communicate with the Internet and pull images over the Internet.

For more information, see What is NAT Gateway?.

Billing overview
Server Load Balancer (SLB) Required This service allows you to enable load balancing for ACK clusters.

For more information, see What is SLB?.

SLB pay-as-you-go billing
Auto Scaling (ESS) Required This service enables the auto scaling of nodes and automatic node creations in scale-out events.

For more information, see What is Auto Scaling?.

Billing
Container Registry Recommended This service ensures the security of cloud-native applications that are fully managed in the cloud and allows you to manage the lifecycle of these applications.

For more information, see What is Container Registry?.

Billable items and pricing
Elastic IP Address (EIP) Recommended This service enables Internet access for cloud resources.

For more information, see What is Elastic IP Address?.

Billing overview
Elastic Container Instance Recommended
Note Elastic Container Instance is required when you create ASK clusters.
This service can be used to host workloads in ACK and ASK clusters.

For more information, see What is Elastic Container Instance?.

Billing overview
Alibaba Cloud Service Mesh (ASM) Recommended This service allows you to manage the network traffic of applications in multiple ACK clusters by using service meshes.

For more information, see What is ASM?.

Billing
Log Service Recommended This service allows you to collect and query the log data of ACK components and applications.

For more information, see What is Log Service?.

Billing overview
CloudMonitor Recommended This service allows you to monitor the status of nodes and applications in ACK clusters.

For more information, see What is CloudMonitor?.

Billing method
Prometheus Service Recommended This service allows you to monitor ACK clusters and raise alerts when exceptions are detected.

For more information, see What is Prometheus Service?.

Pricing of Prometheus Service
Security Center (SAS) Optional This service allows you to monitor the security events of application runtimes in ACK clusters and raise alerts when exceptions are detected.

For more information, see What is Security Center?.

Billing
Apsara File Storage NAS (NAS) Optional This service allows you to store application data in NAS file systems.

For more information, see What is Apsara File Storage NAS?.

Billing of General-purpose NAS file systems
Object Storage Service (OSS) Optional This service allows you to store application data in OSS buckets.

For more information, see What is OSS?.

Overview
Key Management Service (KMS) Optional This service allows you to manage application Secrets and encrypt Secrets for professional Kubernetes clusters.

For more information, see What is Key Management Service?.

Billing
Alibaba Cloud DNS PrivateZone Optional Alibaba Cloud DNS PrivateZone is intended for resolving private domain names in VPCs. You can access applications that are deployed in ASK clusters by using this service to resolve the domain names of the applications.

For more information, see What is Alibaba Cloud DNS PrivateZone?.

Alibaba Cloud DNS PrivateZone Pricing

Billing of professional Kubernetes clusters

  • Bills

    The billing cycle of a professional Kubernetes cluster is 1 hour. You can view the billing details of the previous hour in the ACK console. The service fee is automatically deducted from your Alibaba Cloud account. A bill is issued within 10 to 30 minutes after the current billing cycle ends.

  • Overdue payments

    If your Alibaba Cloud account does not have a sufficient balance, the payment for the professional Kubernetes cluster becomes overdue. In this case, you cannot access the API server of the cluster. However, services that run on nodes are not affected. Your professional Kubernetes cluster is suspended if you do not top up your account within 15 days after a payment becomes overdue. In this case, the nodes are removed from your cluster and the cluster is deleted, but the nodes are not released. However, the containers released due to cluster deletion cannot be restored.

  • View billing details
    1. Log on to the ACK console.
    2. In the top navigation bar, choose Expenses > Bills.
    3. Check bills.
      1. Click the Bills tab. Set Billing Cycle, enter an order number or bill number in the Order/Bill No. field, and then click Search. The system displays all bills that match the search conditions. You can select Container Service for Kubernetes from the Product Name drop-down list to filter the bills. You can also select other filters from the Subscription Type and Item drop-down lists.
      2. Click the Details tab. Set Billing Cycle, enter an instance name or an instance ID in the Instance Name or Instance ID field, and then click Search. The system displays all bills that match the search conditions. You can set Statistic Item and Statistic Period to filter the bills. You can select Container Service for Kubernetes from the Product Name drop-down list to filter the bills. You can select Instance and Billing Period to filter the bills.
    4. Customize the column filters and export billing details into a comma-separated values (CSV) file.
      • On the right side of the page, click Customize Column Options. In the Customize Column Options dialog box, select the column filters that you want to use and click OK.
      • To export billing details into a CSV file, click Export Billing Overview (CSV), select the content that you want to export, enter the CAPTCHA code, and then click OK.