Serverless Kubernetes (ASK) clusters are classified into standard ASK clusters and professional ASK clusters. The two types of ASK clusters have different billable items and billing rules. This topic describes the billing rules of standard ASK clusters and professional ASK clusters.

Billing of standard ASK clusters

Billing of professional ASK clusters

  • Compared with standard ASK clusters, professional ASK clusters charge you an extra fee for cluster management.
    Billing method Price
    Pay-as-you-go USD 0.09/hour per cluster

    The following section describes the billing rules:

    • Bills

      The billing cycle of a professional ASK cluster is 1 hour. You can view the billing details of the previous hour in the Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) console. The amount due 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 this billing cycle. Examples:
      • You create a professional ASK cluster at 10:15:00. The cluster is billed during the current billing cycle that ends at 11:00:00. The first bill is issued between 11:10:00 and 11:30:00.
      • You create a professional ASK cluster at 10:50:00. The cluster is not billed during the current 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 the professional ASK cluster becomes overdue. In this case, you cannot access the API server of the cluster. However, pods can still run. Your professional ASK cluster is suspended if you do not top up your account within 15 days after a payment becomes overdue. In this case, the cluster and pods are deleted. Pods released due to cluster deletion cannot be restored.

  • When you use ASK clusters, you are charged for pods instead of nodes. The fees of pods are calculated based on the pricing of Elastic Container Instance. For more information, see Elastic Container Instance billing overview.
  • You are also charged for other services used in the clusters, such as SLB and Alibaba Cloud DNS PrivateZone. For more information about the pricing, see the following references: