Database Backup (DBS) no longer provides free storage capacity for the backup files of deleted ApsaraDB RDS instances. The Backup for Deleted Instances feature is available for commercial use in some regions on September 14, 2022 and September 20, 2022. After the feature becomes available for commercial use, if the backup files of a deleted RDS instance are retained for more than seven days, you are charged for the backup storage of the RDS instance.

Commercial release dates and regions

Date Region
September 14, 2022 China (Hohhot), China (Chengdu), and Singapore (Singapore)
September 20, 2022 China (Hangzhou), China (Beijing), China (Shanghai), China (Shenzhen), China (Qingdao), China (Guangzhou), China (Hong Kong), Japan (Tokyo), South Korea (Seoul), China (Zhangjiakou), China (Heyuan), China (Ulanqab), Australia (Sydney), US (Silicon Valley), US (Virginia), Germany (Frankfurt), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Indonesia (Jakarta), Philippines (Manila), Thailand (Bangkok), India (Mumbai), UAE (Dubai), and UK (London)

Commercial release details

Application scope

ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instances that use local SSDs

Usage notes

If you set the Backup Retention Policy After Release parameter of your RDS instance to All or Latest, the most recent backup file is retained after the RDS instance is accidentally deleted or released. You can download the most recent backup file to restore the data of the RDS instance on the Backup for Deleted Instances page.

Billing rules

After an RDS instance is deleted, the backup files of the RDS instance are stored free of charge for seven days. After the seven-day period elapses, you are charged fees for the backup storage. From September 14, 2022, backup storage fees are generated in Alibaba Cloud regions in phases. The following table describes the billing rules.
Type Region Unit price (USD per GB per day)
Public cloud China (Hangzhou), China (Beijing), China (Shanghai), China (Shenzhen), China (Qingdao), China (Zhangjiakou), China (Hohhot), China (Chengdu), China (Heyuan), China (Ulanqab), and China (Guangzhou) 0.00058
China (Hong Kong), Singapore (Singapore), US (Silicon Valley), Germany (Frankfurt), Indonesia (Jakarta), Philippines (Manila), and Thailand (Bangkok) 0.00067
Japan (Tokyo), South Korea (Seoul), and Australia (Sydney) 0.0007
US (Virginia) 0.00062
India (Mumbai) 0.00063
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) 0.00064
UK (London) 0.00065
UAE (Dubai) 0.00072


You can check the policy that you want to use to retain the backup files of your RDS instance after the RDS instance is released on the Backup Settings tab of the Backup and Restoration page of the RDS instance. For more information about how to modify the retention policy, see Retain data backup files after instance release.