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

Billable items

Note You are charged a cluster management fee and a cloud service fee for the ACK cluster that you use. The cloud service fee is charged based on the cloud services that are used by your ACK cluster.
  • Cluster management: The cluster management fee varies based on the cluster type. ACK clusters are integrated with the virtualization, storage, networking, and security capabilities of Alibaba Cloud. These capabilities facilitate the management of high-performance and scalable applications that are deployed in ACK clusters. These capabilities also simplify the operations that are required to create or scale clusters. This way, you can focus on the development and management of containerized applications. For more information, see Billing of cluster management.
  • Cloud services: You are charged for the Alibaba Cloud services that are used by your ACK cluster. For more information, see Billing of cloud services.

Billing of cluster management

ACK provides the following cluster types: ACK managed clusters, ACK dedicated clusters, serverless Kubernetes (ASK) clusters, ACK edge clusters, and registered clusters. ACK managed clusters include ACK standard clusters and ACK Pro clusters. ASK clusters include ASK standard clusters and ASK Pro clusters. ACK edge clusters include ACK edge standard clusters and ACK edge Pro clusters. The following table describes how the cluster management fee is charged for different cluster types.
Cluster type Creation method Billing rule
ACK managed cluster Create an ACK Pro cluster

USD 0.09/hour per cluster

For more information, see Billing of ACK Pro clusters.

Create an ACK managed cluster No cluster management fee is charged.
ACK dedicated cluster Create an ACK dedicated cluster No cluster management fee is charged.
ASK cluster Create an ASK cluster ASK clusters are in public preview and are free for use.
Create an ASK cluster No cluster management fee is charged.

For more information, see ASK Billing.

ACK edge cluster Create a professional edge Kubernetes cluster

ACK edge clusters are in public preview and are free for use.

Create a managed edge Kubernetes cluster
Registered cluster Create a cluster registration proxy and register an on-premises cluster No cluster management fee is charged.

Billing of cloud services

You are charged for the Alibaba Cloud services that are used by your ACK cluster. The following table describes the billing rules of the related Alibaba Cloud services.
Cloud service Activation Description Subscription Billing rule
Elastic Compute Service (ECS) Required
Note ECS is optional when you create ASK clusters.
This service can be used to create nodes in ACK clusters. ECS is optional when you create ASK clusters.

For more information, see What is ECS?.

Supported 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?.

Not supported Billing
Classic Load Balancer (CLB) Required This service provides load balancing for ACK clusters.

For more information, see What is CLB?.

Not supported

CLB pay-as-you-go billing

Auto Scaling (ESS) Required This service enables ACK clusters to support auto scaling and automatically creates nodes in scale-out activities.

For more information, see What is Auto Scaling?.

Not supported Billing
Container Registry Recommended This service ensures the security of cloud-native applications that are fully managed on the cloud and allows you to manage the lifecycle of these applications.

For more information, see What is Container Registry?.

Not supported Billing
Elastic IP Address (EIP) Recommended This service enables Internet access for cloud resources.

For more information, see What is an EIP?.

Not supported 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?.

Not supported 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?.

Not supported 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?.

Not supported 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?.

Not supported Billing method
Prometheus Service Recommended This service allows you to monitor ACK clusters and generate alerts when exceptions are detected.

For more information, see What is Prometheus Service?.

Not supported Billing of Alibaba Cloud Prometheus Service
NAT Gateway Optional This service enables ACK clusters to communicate with the Internet and pull images over the Internet.

For more information, see What is NAT Gateway?.

Not supported Billing of Internet NAT gateways
Security Center (SAS) Optional This service allows you to monitor the security events of application runtimes in ACK clusters and generate alerts when exceptions are detected.

For more information, see What is Security Center?.

Not supported 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 NAS?.

Not supported Billing of General-purpose NAS file systems and Billing of Extreme 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?.

Not supported Billing overview
Key Management Service (KMS) Optional This service allows you to manage application Secrets and encrypt Secrets for ACK Pro clusters.

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

Not supported Billing of KMS
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?.

Not supported Alibaba Cloud DNS PrivateZone pricing

Billing of ACK Pro clusters

  • Bills

    The billing cycle of an ACK Pro 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 after bills are issued. A bill is issued within 10 to 30 minutes after the current billing cycle ends. After a bill is issued, the fee is automatically deducted from your Alibaba Cloud account if your account balance is sufficient.

    If you create a cluster less than 30 minutes before the end of a billing cycle, the cluster is not billed during the current billing cycle. Example:
    • You create an ACK Pro cluster at 10:15:00. The cluster is billed during the billing cycle that ends at 11:00:00. The first bill is issued between 11:10:00 and 11:30:00.
    • You create an ACK Pro cluster at 10:50:00. The cluster is not billed during the billing cycle that ends at 11:00:00. Instead, the cluster is billed during the next billing cycle that ends at 12:00:00. The first bill is issued between 12:10:00 and 12:30:00.
  • Overdue payments

    If your account balance is insufficient, the payment for your ACK Pro cluster becomes overdue. In this case, you cannot access the API server of the cluster. However, pods can still run on cluster nodes. Your ACK Pro 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 and pods are deleted, but the nodes are not released. The containers that are 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 > User Center.
      Note If you log on to the console by using your Alibaba Cloud account, you can choose Expenses > Bills in the top navigation bar.
    3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Spending Summary to view bills.
      1. On the Bills page, click the Bills tab.

        You can 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. On the Bills page, click the Details tab.

        You can 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 also select Instance and Billing Period to filter the bills.

    4. On the Bills and Details tabs, you can customize columns and export billing details to 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 columns 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 verification code, and then click OK. After the bill details are exported, click Download to download the CSV file.