This topic describes the billing methods of AnalyticDB for MySQL.

AnalyticDB for MySQL supports the following billing methods.

Billing method Description
  • The subscription method is a prepayment plan. You must pay an upfront subscription fee when you create a cluster.
  • We recommend that you select this billing method if you have long-term requirements because it is more cost-effective than pay-as-you-go billing. Longer subscription periods have larger discounts.
  • You cannot switch the billing method of a cluster from subscription to pay-as-you-go.
  • The pay-as-you-go method is a postpayment plan. The system generates a bill every hour and deducts the corresponding amount from your account balance.
  • Pay-as-you-go is cost-effective for short-term requirements such as testing, because the cluster can be released at any time to save costs. After the resource usage becomes stable, you can change the billing method.