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.

Why Alibaba Cloud ECS

5 X

Higher Computing Performance

With Intel Xeon E5-2682 v4CPU (Broadwell) processor


Single-Disk IOPS

Local SSD cloud disk capable of 240,000 IOPS

7 Million

PPS Throughput

Maximum PPS throughput of 7 million PPS

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

Featured Customers

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.


Getting Started

Launch a Linux Instance on ECS

Learn how to launch a Linux instance on Alibaba Cloud ECS.

Getting Started

Launch a Windows Instance on ECS

Learn how to launch a Windows instance on Alibaba Cloud ECS.


How to Manage Data Drives on Alibaba Cloud ECS

Learn how to create separate OS and data drives, and move the data drive from one ECS instance to another.

Getting Started

3 Ways to Set Up a Linux Server on Alibaba Cloud

Find out how you can quickly and easily set up a Linux server on Alibaba Cloud ECS

Best Practices

Choosing the Right ECS Instance through Benchmarking

Performance benchmarking of ECS Instances with Phoronix Test Suite.

Best Practices

How to Deploy a WordPress Instance on Alibaba Cloud

Learn how to manage blogs and websites with WordPress.


A Methodology For Getting Started With Cloud Computing

A Starter Package offers IT departments a simple way to select, provision and deploy worldleading IT resources.


Building a Dynamic and Highly Elastic WordPress Website

Learn how to build a dynamic website on Alibaba Cloud and prepare for the Apsara Clouder.


Migration to Alibaba Cloud

Learn various migration scenarios, tools and methodologies available to migrate your web application to Alibaba Cloud.


Enhanced Management of ECS Instances with System Event

The new System Event function gives you better control over computing resources.


Diagnosing ECS Faults with Serial Port Logs

A one-click system log view for you to conveniently diagnose system faults and exceptions on your ECS instances.


Elastic Compute Service vs. Simple Application Server

View whether to use Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service or Simple Application Server to build websites and apps.

Being a Cloud Expert

Get hands-on experiences and certificates with your featured courses.

Getting Started

Operate and Manage a Cloud Server

Learn how to purchase a cloud server on Alibaba Cloud, manage the server on our console.

Real World Practice

Construct a Dynamic Website

In this Clouder lesson, you will learn how to build a WordPress website on Alibaba Cloud.

Related Architecture

Alibaba Cloud Fundamental Architecture and Case Study

This course is to introduce the core services of Alibaba Cloud Fundamental Architecture.


Alibaba Cloud Marketplace includes a set of free and commercial software from global famous vendors that you can run on your ECS instances. Explore Marketplace

WordPress 4.9.8 on LAMP Ubuntu 16

WordPress image with LAMP built by partners can be quickly launched on Alibaba Cloud servers.

WordPress 4.9.8

Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP web stack

Easy Installation and Upgrades

Learn More >

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is a stable, high-performance, enterprise level operating system.

Red Hat Certification

High Availability and Reliability

Alibaba Cloud Support

Learn More >

Plesk Onyx on Ubuntu 16.04 (Web Admin)

Plesk Onyx is more than just a control panel on Alibaba Cloud.

Leading WebOps Platform

WordPress Toolkit

3 Domains and Mailboxes

Learn More >

Magento on LAMP CentOS 7.2

Magento Community Edition is an open-source eCommerce platform.

Popular Ecommerce Platform

Magento Community Edition

Ready-to-run Application Stack

Learn More >

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Data Transfer Plan

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