A storage plan is a subscription-based resource plan for PolarDB. You can use storage plans to offset storage fees and fees for level-1 backups that exceed the free quota. Storage plans can help you save on storage resources and level-1 backups. The larger the volume of the storage plan (capacity and duration), the more costs you save. For example, a monthly storage plan provides 10% to 45% savings when compared with a comparable pay-as-you-go cluster. The longer the duration of the plan, the more savings you get. If you purchase annual storage plans, you can save an additional 15% off the monthly price. This topic describes the billing rules of storage plans and how to purchase a storage plan.

Fees that can be offset by storage plans

You are eligible for storage plans when you use the following resources:

  • Storage for pay-as-you-go clusters

    The storage of each PolarDB cluster is charged based on the volume and storage duration of data. If you require a large storage capacity, such as 1,000 GB or more, we recommend that you use storage plans to reduce costs. For more information about the offset rules, see Rules for the deduction of storage plans.

    Note Storage plans can be used only on clusters that use the pay-as-you-go billing method for storage, and cannot be used on clusters that use the subscription billing method for storage.
  • Level-1 backups that exceed the free quota

    The remaining capacity of a storage plan after offsetting the storage of PolarDB clusters is automatically used to offset the level-1 backup storage space that exceeds the free quota. If the remaining capacity of the storage plan is insufficient to offset the level-1 backup storage space, you are charged for additional storage space on a pay-as-you-go basis. For more information about the offset rules, see Use storage plans to offset level-1 backup storage fees.

Storage plans provide cost savings over regular pay-as-you-go plans. The larger the volume of the storage plan (capacity and duration), the more costs you save.

Note

For more information, see Storage plans.

Prices of storage plans and discounts

This section describes the price comparison of different deductible capacity under the two purchase schemes of unused storage plans and monthly storage plans.

Capacity (GB) Regions in the Chinese mainland (USD/month)

(1.7% to 47.0% off compared with the pay-as-you-go billing method)

Regions outside the Chinese mainland (USD/month)

(1.6% to 46.6% off compared with the pay-as-you-go billing method)

50 28

(No discount)

31

(No discount)

100 55

(approximately 1.7% off)

61

(approximately 1.6% off)

200 109

(approximately 2.7% off)

121

(approximately 2.4% off)

300 163

(approximately 3.0% off)

182

(approximately 2.2% off)

500 271

(approximately 3.2% off)

302

(approximately 2.6% off)

1,000 490

(approximately 12.5% off)

550

(approximately 11.3% off)

2,000 980

(approximately 12.5% off)

1,090

(approximately 12.1% off)

3,000 1,210

(approximately 28.0% off)

1,340

(approximately 28.0% off)

5,000 2,020

(approximately 28.0% off)

2,230

(approximately 28.1% off)

10,000 3,260

(approximately 41.8% off)

3,630

(approximately 41.5% off)

20,000 6,510

(approximately 41.9% off)

7,250

(approximately 41.5% off)

30,000 9,760

(approximately 42.0% off)

10,870

(approximately 41.5% off)

50,000 14,860

(approximately 47.0% off)

16,550

(approximately 46.6% off)

100,000 29,720

(approximately 47.0% off)

33,110

(approximately 46.6% off)

200,000 59,440

(approximately 47.0% off)

66,220

(approximately 46.6% off)

Precautions

  • Storage plans can be used by all PolarDB clusters in the regions that are specified by the Plan Type parameter. You can select Chinese Mainland or Outside Chinese Mainland.
  • If the capacity of your storage plan is insufficient, you can purchase an additional storage plan or upgrade the storage plan. However, storage plans cannot be downgraded.
  • If the amount of used storage exceeds the capacity of your storage plan, you are charged for the additional storage resources based on the pay-as-you-go billing method.

    For example, assume that you have created three PolarDB clusters that each requires 400 GB of storage. If you purchase a storage plan of 1,000 GB and these clusters share the storage plan, the storage resources used in excess of 200 GB are billed on a pay-as-you-go basis. For more information, see View the database storage usage.

Procedure

  1. Log on to the PolarDB console.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the page, click Create Cluster.
  3. Set Product Type to Storage Plan and specify the following parameters.
    Storage plans
    Parameter Description
    Plan Type
    • Chinese Mainland: The storage plan can be used by all PolarDB clusters that are deployed in regions in the Chinese mainland, such as China (Hangzhou), China (Shanghai), and China (Beijing).
    • Outside Chinese Mainland: The storage plan can be used by all PolarDB clusters that are deployed in China (Hong Kong) and regions outside China, such as UK (London) and Singapore (Singapore).
    Size The storage capacity of the storage plan.
    Purchase Plan The validity period of the storage plan.
    Note If you purchase a storage plan for one year or more, you can save an additional 15% off the monthly price.
  4. Click Buy Now.
  5. Read and accept the agreement of service, and then click Pay to complete the payment.

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