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Application Real-Time Monitoring Service:Billing (new)

Last Updated:Dec 13, 2023

Application Real-Time Monitoring Service (ARMS) has introduced new billing rules. You are charged based on the observable data or enabled features. This topic describes the billing modes, billable items, and billing cycles of different sub-services.

Important

Users that activate Application Real-Time Monitoring Service (ARMS) after 00:00 on November 20, 2023, are charged based on the observable data. For users who activated ARMS before then, billing can be upgraded in late December. For more information, join the DingTalk group (ID: 37120013838) to obtain technical support.

Billing modes and billable items

If you use the pay-as-you-go billing method, you are charged based on the observable data or enabled features.

Pay-by-observable-data

Sub-service

Billable item

Monthly free quota

Retention period (days)

Unit price (Alibaba Cloud)

Rule

Application Monitoring

Metric

50 GB

90

  • Chinese mainland: USD 0.062/GB

  • Regions outside the Chinese mainland: USD 0.087/GB

Billing (new)

Trace

30

Profiling

7

Managed Service for OpenTelemetry

Metric

50 GB

90

Billing (new)

Trace

30

Profiling

7

Managed Service for Prometheus

Metric

50 GB

90

Billing

Note
  • Observable data is collected by the self-developed ARMS agent or open source agents or SDKs, cleansed, aggregated, transformed, analyzed, and stored in ARMS. The amount of observable data is not equal to the traffic.

  • You are charged based on the amount of observable data. After data is written to ARMS, you are entitled to free storage. The storage duration depends on the data type, and cannot be modified.

  • If you use an Alibaba Cloud account to purchase an ARMS sub-service, the sub-service provides a free quota for the account. The free quota is shared among the applications or instances that belong to the account.

  • Managed Service for OpenTelemetry does not charge fees for default performance metrics, but charges fees for custom metrics based on the data volume. Managed Service for OpenTelemetry provides 50 GB of traffic per month free of charge.

  • You can store the basic metrics of Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) clusters in Managed Service for Prometheus for seven days free of charge. For more information about basic metrics, see Metrics.

  • Profiling data is generated when you use the CPU and memory diagnostics and application diagnostics features of Application Monitoring. Profiling data includes memory snapshots, flame graphs of performance analysis, and thread status and call stack information of thread analysis.

  • For Application Monitoring and Managed Service for OpenTelemetry, the minimum billing unit of each billable item for an application is 0.1 GB per day. Assume that an application is monitored in Application Monitoring on a day. 20 MB of metric data, 10 MB of trace data, and 0 MB of profiling data are collected. You are charged for 0.1 GB of metric data, 0.1 GB of trace data, and 0 GB of profiling data.

  • For Managed Service for Prometheus, the minimum billing unit of an instance is 0.1 GB per day. Assume that 20 MB of metric data is collected by a Prometheus instance on a day. You are charged for 0.1 GB of metric data.

Pay-by-feature

Sub-service

Billable item

Monthly free quota

Unit price (Chinese mainland)

Rule

Application Security

Agent

None.

USD 0.015/Agent/Hour

Billing

Managed Service for Grafana

Number of managed workspaces

  • A free shared workspace is provided by default.

  • The first time that you activate the Pro Edition, a one-month free trial is provided.

As low as USD 37.74/dedicated workspace/per month

Billing

Note

If you are charged based on the enabled features, free quotas are automatically provided for your Alibaba Cloud account.

Billing cycle

The billing cycle of ARMS is one day. ARMS generates the bills of the previous day at 00:00 every day. Generally, bills are generated before 08:00. If your Alibaba Cloud account has sufficient balance, the system deducts fees from the balance. You can view bills in the Billing Management console and view resource usage in the ARMS console.

View data volume

Note

You can query observable data only in the Chinese mainland.

You can view data volume on the Usage Statistics tab of the Overview page in the ARMS console.image.png

Estimate fees

Estimate fees based on data volume

  • If you have not monitored an application in ARMS, you can connect a test application to ARMS. Then, you can view data volume on the Usage Statistics > Overview to estimate the overall cost.

  • If you have applications monitored in ARMS, you can directly view data volume on the Usage Statistics > Overview to estimate the overall cost.

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    Assume that you use Application Monitoring to monitor your applications. In a month, applications deployed in the China (Hangzhou) region generate 1,000 GB of observable data and applications deployed in the China (Beijing) region generate 800 GB of observable data. Considering that you have a 50-GB free quota per month, the fee of the month is calculated based on the following formula: USD 0.062 × (1,000 + 800 ‒ 50) = USD 108.5.

Estimate fees based on the business scale

You can estimate fees based on the following data models. Estimated fees are not accurate, and are for reference only.

Application Monitoring

Assume that queries per second (QPS) are 100, sampling rate is 10%, convergence is enabled for interface metrics, and profiling is disabled. Each agent collects about 2 GB of data. The following table lists the differences between previous and current prices.

Application scale

Estimated monthly data volume

Current price (pay-as-you-go)

Previous price (pay-as-you-go)

Previous price (resource plan)

Small (50 nodes = 50 agents)

3,000 GB

USD 186/month

USD 1,490.4/month

88% costs saved

USD 776/month (76% costs saved).

Two 28,800 Agent × Hour resource plans that cost USD 1,241.9 are required.

Medium (200 nodes = 200 agents)

12,000 GB

USD 744/month

USD 5,961.6/month

88% costs saved

USD 2,328.57/month (68% costs saved).

One 230,400 Agent × Hour resource plan that costs USD 3,725.71 is required.

Large (500 nodes = 500 agents)

30,000 GB

USD 1,860/month

USD 14,904/month

88% costs saved

USD 4,657/month (60% costs saved).

Two 230,400 Agent × Hour resource plans that cost USD 7,451.42 are required.

Managed Service for OpenTelemetry

Fees for Managed Service for OpenTelemetry of the new version are billed based on existing data. For example, the average size of a span is 1.27 KB. 0.1 billion spans are generated each day and each span is stored for 30 days. In this case, the following table compares the daily fees for Managed Service for OpenTelemetry of the new version and the previous version.

Business scale

Estimated daily data volume

Pay-as-you-go fees for the new version

Pay-as-you-go fees for the previous version

Percentage of saved fees

0.1 billion spans stored for 30 days

121 GB

USD 7.5 per day

USD 10.75 per day

30%

Note

In the billing of Managed Service for OpenTelemetry of the new version, you are not separately charged the reported fee, storage fee for traces, and storage fee for each metric.

Managed Service for Prometheus

Assume that the average size of a metric entry is 0.5 KB. The following table lists the differences between previous and current prices of Managed Service for Prometheus.

Number of reported metric entries per day

Estimated daily data volume

Previous price (pay-as-you-go)

Current price (pay-as-you-go)

Cost saved

0 - 50 million

0 - 25 GB

0 - USD 1.55/day

0 - USD 6.299/day

75%

50 million - 150 million

25 GB - 75 GB

USD 1.55 - USD 4.65/day

USD 6.299 - USD 16.535/day

71% - 75%

150 million - 300 million

75 GB -150 GB

USD 4.65 - USD 9.3/day

USD 16.535 - USD 29.528/day

68% - 71%

300 million - 600 million

150 GB - 300 GB

USD 9.3 - USD 18.6/day

USD 29.528 - USD 50.787/day

63% - 76%

600 million - 1200 million

300 GB - 600GB

USD 18.6 - USD 37.2/day

USD 50.787 - USD 83.858/day

55% - 63%

More than 1200 million

More than 600 GB

More than USD 37.2/day

More than USD 83.858/day

55%