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Pricing Models: Compute & Containers

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Here’s how your monthly bill for compute and containers works

For the core offer of the Elastic Cloud Server, in addition to hourly pay-as-you-go models, there are also discounted reserved models available. These offer discounts to users of up to 60 percent on regular orders of resources over 12 or 24 months. Two discount models are available: monthly advance payments and prefinancing of the entire period (upfront). The upfront model offers the biggest discounts.

Elastic Cloud Server (ECS)


Generally speaking, in the hourly billing model only the time during which the ordered instances are active, i.e., running, is charged.
Note: If the instances are stopped, costs continue to be incurred for the connected Elastic Volume Storage (EVS) and Elastic IP! These need to be deleted separately. Flavors that already have an integrated disk or GPU will continue to be charged even if they are in the “stopped” state (bare metal servers, some high-performance flavors or disk-intensive flavors, and GPU flavors).
A separate billing item is created for each type of VM (flavor plus operating system): One s3 flavor with CentOS and one s3 flavor with Windows are accounted for separately, but multiple s3 flavors of the same type with Open Linux derivatives are not. The usage time of the individual VMs is recorded every second and added over the course of the calendar month. The total time in hours is then used for the invoice.

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Example: Summation of usage time

Example: Pay-as-you-go


Reserved instances are not available for all flavors. The service description sets out the available instances. Reserved instances can be reserved for a period of 12 or 24 months. They are not fixed to a specific instance, but rather only to the instance type, and are billed even if the instance is inactive. Users acquire a credit balance corresponding to the uninterrupted use of an instance of the selected type for the chosen period. This credit balance is spread across the individual months of the contract term (days of each month x 24 hours). The contract term always starts at midnight on the order date. If a reserved package is ordered, the usage in the first month is billed proportionately (only the remaining days of the month in which the order occurred are billed). The same is valid for the last month of the duration of the package. Reserved packages are not renewed automatically: If the instance is not used for the full month, the unused contingent for that month is forfeited, nor can it be used later in the reserved period. However, it is possible to use two instances for partial periods during a month instead of using one instance for the entire period. The use of capacities in excess of the ordered amount is billed on top using the elastic model.

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Example 1

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Dedicated Host (DeH)

Dedicated hosts are also available on the Open Telekom Cloud. Within the technical parameters, several separate virtual machines (VMs) can be set up and modified on these reserved resources. The bill shows only the licenses for the VMs. No costs are incurred for open Linux. The same billing models for ECS also apply for dedicated hosts: elastic, reserved and reserved upfront, with the rates applicable for the hosts.


Image Management Service (IMS)

The use of the Image Management Service is free of charge. But when storing private images, the used object storage (OBS) is billed. These costs are integrated into the OBS invoice item. There are no traffic costs and the storage of public images is of course completely free of charge.


Cloud Container Engine (CCE)

The Cloud Container Engine (CCE) is also classified as a computing service on the Open Telekom Cloud. CCE is free for up to 50 nodes (not HA). If a larger cluster or an HA cluster is set up, there are hourly costs for using the service. CCE makes use of ECS instances, meaning those will also appear on the invoice when CCE is used. Reserved packages can also be ordered for the instances used by CCE. Since this service uses autoscaling, the exact demand should be determined in advance. Due to the flexible use of the contingent included in the reserved package, the model also harmonizes well with the cloud native CCE.

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