The Anti-virus, Advanced, Enterprise, Ultimate, and Value-added Plan editions of Security Center use the subscription billing method. This topic describes the billable items and pricing of Security Center.

Overview

Subscription billing method

Subscription is a billing method that allows you to pay in advance for the use of resources. This billing method allows you to reserve resources at discounted rates and reduce costs. Subscription is suitable for the following business scenarios:
  • The usage period of resources can be estimated.
  • The resource usage does not frequently fluctuate.
  • Resources are required for long-term use.

Billing cycle

The billing cycle of a subscription resource is the time commitment you make when you purchase the resource. The time must be based on UTC+8. The billing cycle begins at the time when the subscription resource is purchased or renewed, which is accurate to the second, and ends at 00:00:00 on the day after the expiration date.
Note The unit for the billing cycles of subscription resources is calendar years or months.

Billing formulas

Edition Billing formula
Basic Free
Anti-virus Fee = (Value of the vCore parameter × Basic fees + Fees of value-added features) × Subscription duration
Note The vCore parameter specifies the total number of virtual CPUs (vCPUs) for servers that you want to protect.
Advanced Fee = (Value of Protected Servers × Basic fees + Fees of value-added features) × Subscription duration
Note The Protected Servers parameter specifies the total number of assets that can be protected by Security Center. The assets include Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances and third-party servers on which the Security Center agent is installed. The default value is the total number of ECS instances and third-party servers on which the Security Center agent is installed within your Alibaba Cloud account.

When you purchase Security Center, the value that you specify for the Protected Servers parameter must be greater than or equal to the number of servers within your Alibaba Cloud account. If the value is less than the number of servers within your Alibaba Cloud account, the system displays a message after you purchase Security Center. The message indicates that the number of servers that need to be protected exceeds the limit. In this case, your use of Security Center may be affected, and you cannot renew your subscription to Security Center. To resolve the issues, you must upgrade Security Center and increase the value of the Protected Servers parameter.

Enterprise
Ultimate Fee = (Value of Protected Servers × Basic fees + Value of the vCore parameter × Basic fees + Fees of value-added features) × Subscription duration
Value-added Plan Fee = Fees of value-added features × Subscription duration
Note

Security Center Basic is automatically activated for all Alibaba Cloud users. To enable more security features, upgrade Security Center Basic to the Anti-virus, Advanced, Enterprise, Ultimate, or Value-added Plan edition based on your business requirements.

For more information about the pricing of Security Center, go to the Price Calculator page of Security Center.

Billable items

The billable items vary based on the edition of Security Center and the value-added features that you purchase. The prices in the following table are provided for reference only. For more information about the actual prices,go to the Security Center buy page.
Billable item Basic Anti-virus Advanced Enterprise Ultimate Value-added Plan
Basic fees Free USD 1 per core per month USD 9.5 per server per month USD 23.5 per server per month USD 23.5 per server per month + USD 1 per core per month Free
Fees of value-added features Web Tamper Protection Not supported USD 165 per server per month USD 165 per server per month USD 165 per server per month USD 165 per server per month USD 165 per server per month
Anti-ransomware Not supported USD 0.045 per GB per month USD 0.045 per GB per month USD 0.045 per GB per month USD 0.045 per GB per month USD 0.045 per GB per month
Log Analysis Not supported USD 0.1 per GB per month USD 0.1 per GB per month USD 0.1 per GB per month USD 0.1 per GB per month Not supported
Container image scan Not supported Not supported USD 0.3 per image USD 0.3 per image USD 0.3 per image USD 0.3 per image
Cloud honeypot Not supported USD 333.33 per honeypot per month USD 333.33 per honeypot per month USD 333.33 per honeypot per month USD 333.33 per honeypot per month USD 333.33 per honeypot per month
Subscription duration Unlimited Monthly subscription supported Monthly subscription supported Monthly subscription supported Monthly subscription supported Monthly subscription supported
Important
  • On July 21, 2022, the basic fees for Security Center Ultimate is changed from USD 3 per core per month to USD 23.5 per server per month + USD 1 per core per month. You can no longer purchase the product expert service but you can still renew the product expert service that you purchased.
  • If you purchase Security Center Ultimate before July 21, 2022, you are charged when you renew, upgrade, or downgrade Security Center based on the original prices.
  • Starting from July 21, 2022, you are charged the basic fees for Security Center Ultimate in scenarios when you purchase Security Center Ultimate or upgrade Security Center to the Ultimate edition.Basic fees = USD 23.5 per server per month + USD 1 per core per month.

Overdue payments

Security Center uses the subscription billing method. Therefore, no overdue payments can occur for Security Center.

Refunds

For more information about refund policies, submit a ticket.

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