Elastic Compute Service

An online computing service that offers elastic and secure virtual cloud servers to cater all your cloud hosting needs.

Alibaba Cloud ECS

Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) provides fast memory and the latest Intel CPUs to help you to power your cloud applications and achieve faster results with low latency. All ECS instances come with Anti-DDoS protection to safeguard your data and applications from DDoS and Trojan attacks.

Deploy ECS instances with just a few clicks from the easy-to-use console and scale capacity up or down based on real-time demands. This means you only pay for the resources you use and avoid the need to procure expensive IT infrastructure and hire large network teams.

ECS Starter Package Plans

Various pricing options to meet your requirements.

Hong Kong
Mainland China

Worldwide: Singapore, Sydney, Frankfurt, Virginia, Silicon Valley

Mainland China: Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Zhangjiakou

Operating System:


Achieve Faster Results
Achieve Faster Results
Deploy on I/O-optimized instances with fast memory, 99.999999999% data reliability, and the latest Intel CPUs.
Deploy and Grow Globally
Deploy and Grow Globally
Choose from 19 international regions with multiple availability zones in each region and manage all regions from a single global account.
Protect and Backup Your Data
Protect and Backup Your Data
Choose how you safeguard your data with free Anti-DDoS Basic service, automatic snapshots, and triplicated backups.
Unrivaled Performance For China
Unrivaled Performance For China
Deploy from 7 regions in Mainland China and receive ICP license application support to deploy your website.


  • Elastic and Flexible Resource Utilization

    A variety of payment types and payment cycles are available for users to balance their needs between flexible resource utilization and low usage cost

    Annual/monthly subscription

    Suitable for long-term use scenarios to access ECS resources at prices as low as 50% off the list price for three years


    Create and consume resources as they are needed for specific business requirements and only be billed for the resources used in the corresponding cycle

    Real time bidding subscription

    Purchase instances at a price as low as 90% discount off Pay-As-You-Go subscription to further optimize the cost of the temporary resource utilization. The price per hour is determined by the relationship between supply and demand

  • Enterprise-oriented Computing Instances, Storage and Networking

    Instance specifications and storage types optimized for various scenarios in computing, storage and network, together with the private network, are provided for enterprises to locate the most cost-effective resource solution during the deployment of various applications

  • Highly Stable Applications and Reliable Data Storage

    Large-scale redundancy architectures guarantee the availability of running instances and the reliability of data stored in cloud disks

    High data reliability and service availability

    Instance availability up to 99.95% and cloud disk data reliability no less than 99.9999999%

    Automatic downtime migration and data backup

    Automatic downtime migration and automatic snapshot backup (manual configuration of snapshot policies required) make data recovery simple

  • Various Security and Monitoring Resources

    Alibaba Cloud Security is available free of charge to provide basic protection for network security and server security. CloudMonitor is also available free of charge to guarantee service security through a range of real time alert and notification services.


    Alibaba Cloud Anti-DDoS Service Basic provides up to 5Gbps anti-DDoS capacity to prevent general DDoS attacks, as well as SYN flood, UDP flood, ICMP flood, and ACK flood attacks
    Server security through Alibaba Cloud Server Guard provides such features as interception against brute-force password attacks, Trojan scans, remote logon reminders, and anti-intrusion against high-risk vulnerability repair

    CloudMonitor and alert mechanisms

    Site Monitoring: Provides statistics-collection, monitoring, and alert notifications for availability and response time for services including http, ping, dns, tcp, udp, smtp, pop and ftp
    Cloud Service Monitoring: Provides cloud service monitoring and alert notifications, as well as a custom monitoring service to allow users to customize their personalized monitoring needs
    Alert and Contact Management: Provides uniform batch management for alert policies and alert notifications through a range of channels including text message, email, TradeManager (WangWang), and interface callback

  • Multiple Management Methods and Full Management Permissions

    The product console, remote terminals, and APIs provides multiple management methods and full management permissions to manage and control resources

  • Wide Range of Image Types For Accelerated Application Deployment

    Official public images provided by Alibaba Cloud

    Multiple release versions are available for Windows and Linux operating systems

    Choose from images provided by independent software vendor on the Alibaba Cloud Marketplace

    A vast number of server running environments, tools and software images are available

    Shared images

    Through the ECS console or ECS API, the owner of user-defined images can share their images with another user. The user with whom the images are shared can use the images to create ECS instances and replace the system disk

    Choose How You Pay

    Alibaba Cloud ECS provides different purchasing methods. Based on your needs, you can select Pay-As-You-Go or Subscription.

    • Pay-As-You-Go

      Bills you for the exact amount of resources you use. Activate or release resources at any time with no hardware or maintenance costs.

    • Subscription

      Subscription fees are lower on average than that of Pay-As-You-Go, and suited for those requiring long-term resources at reduced cost.