Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch and Logstash clusters support the subscription and pay-as-you-go
billing methods. This topic describes the billing rules of pay-as-you-go Elasticsearch
and Logstash clusters.
Pay-as-you-go is a billing method that allows you to pay only for resources that you
actually use. The pay-as-you-go billing method provides the following features:
- You can purchase pay-as-you-go clusters on demand. You do not need to purchase a large
number of resources in advance.
- During the use of pay-as-you-go clusters, you can switch their billing methods based
on your business requirements. For more information, see Switch the billing method of a cluster from pay-as-you-go to subscription.
- You can release or scale in pay-as-you-go clusters based on your business requirements
to reduce costs.
For more information about the billable items and billing rules of pay-as-you-go Elasticsearch
and Logstash clusters, see Elasticsearch billable items and Logstash billable items.
You are billed for your pay-as-you-go Elasticsearch and Logstash clusters every hour
on the hour (in UTC+8). A new billing cycle starts after the previous bill is paid.
If the sum of your account balance and vouchers is less than the amount due indicated
on the bill, the system sends you a notification by text message or email.
If the sum of your account balance and vouchers is less than 0, the system may suspend
your cluster and send you a suspension notification. You must top up your account
within a specific period. If you do not top up your account within this period, the
system suspends or releases your cluster. For more information about the changes in
the status of a cluster after a payment becomes overdue, see Overdue payments and cluster suspension or release