When you use an elastic container instance to provide long-term services, you can use reserved instances to offset the cost of the elastic container instance. This topic describes how to use reserved instances.


  1. Reserved instances are purchased based on your business requirements. For more information, see Purchase reserved instances.
  2. Reserved instances are checked and managed. For more information, see Split a reserved instance.
Note Reserved instances are automatically applied to pay-as-you-go elastic container instances based on match rules. For more information about match rules, see Match between reserved instances and pay-as-you-go instances.

How to use reserved instances

A reserved instance is applicable only when you create an elastic container instance based on a specified Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance type. For more information, see Create an ECI from a specified ECS instance type.

Add the following annotation to the template field of pod configurations. In this example, the reserved instance is used to purchase an ecs.c5.large instance.

    k8s.aliyun.com/eci-instance-type : "ecs.c5.large"  # Replace the value with the actual ECS instance type in the following format: ecs.instance family.instance specification. For example, ecs.c6.3xlarge.
Note annotations must be added to the spec field of pod configurations. Specify the ECS instance type based on your requirements. For more information about the supported ECS instance types, see Instance family.

Deployment example

annotations must be added to the metadata field of pod configurations.

Note The zone of the reserved instance must be the same as that of your cluster. Otherwise, the reserved instance cannot match the elastic container instance created in your serverless Kubernetes (ASK) cluster.
apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
  name: nginx
    app: nginx
  replicas: 2
      app: nginx
        app: nginx
        k8s.aliyun.com/eci-instance-type : "ecs.c5.large"  # Replace the value with the actual ECS instance type based on your requirements.
      - name: nginx
        image: nginx:1.7.9
        - containerPort: 80

View the billing and application details about a reserved instance

  1. Log on to the ECS console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Instances & Images > Reserved Instances.
  3. In the top navigation bar, select a region.
  4. Find the reserved instance that you want to view and click View Bill in the Actions column.
  5. On the Manage Reserved Instances page, click the Details tab.
    You can view the usage details of the reserved instance. These details show the ECS instance or elastic container instance whose fees are offset by the reserved instance during every billing hour.
    Note One computing unit equals one vCPU. The applicable duration (hours) equals the number of computing units multiplied by the number of hours.