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Cloud Backup:Billing methods and billable items

Last Updated:Feb 21, 2024

This topic describes the billing methods and fees of Cloud Backup, and the billable items and prices for various data sources.

Billing methods

Cloud Backup supports only the pay-as-you-go billing method.

  • You are billed for the resources that you use.

  • Bills are generated on an hourly basis and payments are settled on a monthly basis.

  • By default, you are billed for Cloud Backup based on the pay-as-you-go billing method after you activate Cloud Backup.

Billable items

The standard backup feature and Elastic Compute Service (ECS) backup Basic Edition have different billable items.

Important

You are not charged for activating Cloud Backup. You are charged for using Cloud Backup.

Billable items of the standard backup feature

The following tables describe the billable items of Cloud Backup.

  • Backup fees

    Fee

    Billable item

    Billing method

    Unit price

    Client usage fee

    • Cloud Backup clients for file backup

      You are charged based on the number of servers or ECS instances on which the Cloud Backup client is installed.

    • Cloud Backup clients for SAP HANA instance backup

      You are charged based on the number of instances on which the Cloud Backup client is installed.

    • Cloud Backup clients for ECS instance backup

      You are charged based on the number of ECS instances that are specified in a backup plan. The fees for the storage usage of ECS snapshots that are used by this feature are included into your ECS bills. If you enable cross-region replication, the fees for the storage usage of ECS snapshots that are replicated to the destination region and the fees for cross-region traffic are also included into your ECS bills.

    • Cloud Backup clients for Object Storage Service (OSS) backup, NAS backup, and Tablestore backup

      Free of charge.

    • Cloud Backup clients for VMware backup

      You are charged based on the disk size allocated to the source virtual machine (VM).

    • Cloud Backup clients for ECS disaster recovery

      You can use the ECS disaster recovery feature free of charge for 30 days. You are charged for the ECS instances, the Elastic Block Storage (EBS) disks, and the ECS snapshots that are used when you implement disaster recovery for ECS resources.

    • Migration of VMs to the cloud

      You are charged based on the number of migrated VMs.

    • Cloud Backup clients for SQL Server database backup (old version)

      You are charged based on the number of instances on which the Cloud Backup client is installed.

    Pay-as-you-go

    The pricing is the same for all regions. For more information about the pay-as-you-go billing method, see Cloud Backup Pricing.

    Storage usage fee

    • Usage of backup vaults

      Cloud Backup deduplicates and compresses data for backup. You are charged for the backup storage based on the storage space occupied by the data that is deduplicated and compressed. You can back up an OSS bucket or a NAS file system free of charge within 30 days after you create a backup plan.

    • Usage of the Archive tier for backup vaults

      Backup vaults are automatically archived. You are charged based on the size of the source data that is transferred from the Standard tier to the Archive tier. The minimum billable size of the data stored at the archive layer is 1 MB. For a source object or file whose size is less than 1 MB, you are charged based on 1 MB. For a source object or file whose size is greater than or equal to 1 MB, you are charged based on the actual size.

    • Volume of data restored from the Archive tier for backup vaults

      If you restore data from a backup and restore point at the archive layer, you are charged based on the actual size of the restored data. The minimum billable size of the data stored at the archive layer is 1 MB. For an object or file whose size is less than 1 MB, you are charged based on 1 MB. For an object or file whose size is greater than or equal to 1 MB, you are charged based on the actual size.

    Note

    Mirror vaults can be used in the same way as backup vaults. The pricing for the storage usage of backup vaults is the same as the pricing for the storage usage of mirror vaults.

    Pay-as-you-go

    The pricing is the same for all regions. For more information about the pay-as-you-go billing method, see Cloud Backup Pricing.

  • Database backup fees

    Fee

    Billable item

    Billing method

    Unit price

    Rental fee of database backup vaults

    Rental of database backup vaults

    You can use the database backup vaults free of charge for 30 days. A free capacity of 100 GB is provided for each backup vault per month.

    Pay-as-you-go

    The pricing is the same for all regions. For more information about the pay-as-you-go billing method, see Cloud Backup Pricing.

    Storage usage fee

    Storage usage of database backup vaults

    You can use the database backup vaults free of charge for 30 days. After the free period ends, you are charged based on tiered pricing.

    Note

    Mirror vaults can be used in the same way as backup vaults. The pricing for the storage usage of backup vaults is the same as the pricing for the storage usage of mirror vaults.

    Pay-as-you-go

    The pricing is the same for all regions. For more information about the pay-as-you-go billing method, see Cloud Backup Pricing.

  • Traffic fees

    Fee

    Description

    Billing method

    Unit price

    Outbound traffic fee

    When you restore data from Cloud Backup to your on-premises servers over the Internet, you are charged for the download traffic.

    • When you restore data from Cloud Backup to ECS instances over the internal network of Alibaba Cloud, you are not charged for the download traffic.

    • When you back up data to Cloud Backup, you are not charged for the upload traffic.

    Pay-as-you-go

    The pricing is the same for all regions. For more information, see Cloud Backup Pricing.

    Traffic fee of cross-region replication for backup vaults

    You are charged for the traffic that is generated when you replicate backup data from backup vaults to mirror vaults.

    Pay-as-you-go

    The pricing is the same for all regions. For more information, see Cloud Backup Pricing.

    Traffic fee of cross-region replication for disaster recovery

    You are charged for the traffic that is generated when you replicate ECS disk data to disaster recovery sites.

    Pay-as-you-go

    The pricing is the same for all regions. For more information, see Cloud Backup Pricing.

Note

Cloud Backup provides a free trial period of 30 days to allow you to back up each NAS file system and OSS bucket. During the free trial period, you are not charged for the storage space that is occupied by the backup data of the NAS file systems and the OSS buckets in a backup vault.

Billable items for data sources

The following table describes the billable items for data sources.

Data source

Billable item

References

Database

  • Rental of database backup vaults

    You are charged based on the number of backup vaults that you use.

  • Storage usage of database backup vaults

    Tiered pricing

SAP HANA

  • Cloud Backup clients for SAP HANA instance backup

    You are charged based on the number of instances that are backed up.

  • Storage usage of backup vaults

    You are charged based on the storage space occupied by the data that is deduplicated and compressed.

  • Cross-region replication traffic

    You are charged when you use mirror vaults.

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ECS files

  • Cloud Backup clients for file backup

    You are charged based on the number of Cloud Backup clients that you use.

  • Storage usage of backup vaults

    You are charged based on the storage space occupied by the data that is deduplicated and compressed.

  • Cross-region replication traffic

    You are charged when you use mirror vaults.

Get started with ECS file backup

OSS

  • Storage usage of backup vaults

    You are charged based on the storage space occupied by the data that is deduplicated and compressed.

  • Cross-region replication traffic

    You are charged when you use mirror vaults.

  • HTTP requests that are sent to OSS

    Fees for the billable item are included into your OSS bills.

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NAS

  • Storage usage of backup vaults

    You are charged based on the storage space occupied by the data that is deduplicated and compressed.

  • Cross-region replication traffic

    You are charged when you use mirror vaults.

On-premises NAS

  • Storage usage of backup vaults

    You are charged based on the storage space occupied by the data that is deduplicated and compressed.

  • Outbound traffic that is generated when data is restored over the Internet

    You are charged when you restore data over the Internet.

  • Cross-region replication traffic

    You are charged when you use mirror vaults.

Gateways

  • Cloud Backup clients for file backup

    You are charged based on the number of Cloud Backup clients that you use.

  • Storage usage of backup vaults

    You are charged based on the storage space occupied by the data that is deduplicated and compressed.

  • Cross-region replication traffic

    You are charged when you use mirror vaults.

CSG Backup

On-premises files

  • Cloud Backup clients for file backup

    You are charged based on the number of Cloud Backup clients that you use.

  • Storage usage of backup vaults

    You are charged based on the storage space occupied by the data that is deduplicated and compressed.

  • Outbound traffic that is generated when data is restored over the Internet

    You are charged when you restore data over the Internet.

  • Cross-region replication traffic

    You are charged when you use mirror vaults.

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VMware backup

  • Cloud Backup clients for VMware backup

    You are charged based on the volume of data that you back up from the source VMs.

  • Storage usage of backup vaults

    You are charged based on the storage space occupied by the data that is deduplicated and compressed.

  • Outbound traffic that is generated when data is restored over the Internet

    You are charged when you restore data over the Internet.

  • Cross-region replication traffic

    You are charged when you use mirror vaults.

Get started with VMware backup and disaster recovery

ECS disaster recovery

  • Cloud Backup clients for ECS disaster recovery

    You are charged based on the number of instances that are protected.

  • Cross-region replication traffic for disaster recovery

    You are charged when you replicate data between geo-disaster recovery sites.

  • ECS instances, ECS disks, and ECS snapshots

    You are charged for the resources that are created during ECS disaster recovery.

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VMware disaster recovery

  • Cloud Backup clients for VMware backup

    You are charged based on the volume of data that you back up from the source VMs.

  • Storage usage of backup vaults

    You are charged based on the storage space occupied by the data that is deduplicated and compressed.

  • Cross-region replication traffic

    You are charged when you use mirror vaults.

  • ECS instances, ECS disks, and ECS snapshots

    You are charged for the resources that are created during ECS disaster recovery.

Get started with VMware backup and disaster recovery

VMware migration

  • Migration of VMware VMs to the cloud

    You are charged based on the number of VMs that are migrated to the cloud.

  • ECS images

    You are charged when you perform incremental migration.

  • ECS instances, ECS disks, and ECS snapshots

    You are charged for the resources that are created during ECS disaster recovery.

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ECS instance backup

Cloud Backup clients for ECS instance backup The fees for the storage usage of ECS snapshots that are used by this feature are included into your ECS bills. If you enable cross-region replication, the fees for the storage usage of ECS snapshots that are replicated to the destination region and the fees for cross-region traffic are also included into your ECS bills.

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Tablestore

  • Storage usage of backup vaults

    You are charged based on the storage space occupied by the data that is deduplicated and compressed.

  • Cross-region replication traffic

    You are charged when you use mirror vaults.

Get started with Tablestore backup

Billing examples

Cloud Backup provides billing examples for typical scenarios. For more information, see Billing examples.