After you activate Log Service, you are charged based on the pay-as-you-go billing method. This topic describes the details of the pay-as-you-go billing method.

For more information about the billable items and billing method of Log Service, see Billable items. For more information about the pricing of Log Service, see Log Service pricing.

Billing period

A bill is generated every day at 00:00 based on the amount of resources that you consumed on the previous day. Fees are deducted from the balance of your Alibaba Cloud account on a daily basis.

Free quotas

Log Service provides free quotas for some billable items. The following table shows the details.
Note Log Service offers monthly free quotas. These free quotas are cleared at the end of each month. If the amount of resources that you consume in a month is within the free quotas, you are not charged. However, you are charged for the excess amount.
Billable item Monthly free quota
Storage space occupied by log data 500 MB
Read and write traffic 500 MB
Index traffic of log data 500 MB
Read and write operations 1 million read and write operations
Active shards 31 shard days per month

For more information, see Why am I charged for active shards?

Billing examples

  • Example 1: free quotas

    For example, you have a server that generates 10 MB of log data per day. You want to use Log Service to analyze the log data and use a Java program to subscribe to log processing events. The number of shards is one and the retention period is one day. In this example, the compression ratio is 5:1. The following table shows the billing details.

    Billable item Description Monthly amount Monthly fee
    Active shards Only one Logstore and one shard are created. 31 shard days Free
    Read and write traffic
    • The traffic that is generated by uploading logs to Log Service is 62 MB (10 MB/day × 20% × 31 days = 62 MB).
    • The traffic that is generated by using a Java program to subscribe to log processing events is 62 MB (10 MB/day × 20% × 31 days = 62 MB).
    124 MB Free
    Storage space occupied by log data
    • The storage space that is occupied by log data is 62 MB (10 MB/day × 20% × 31 days = 62 MB).
    • The storage space that is occupied by indexes is 310 MB (10 MB/day × 31 days = 310 MB).
    372 MB Free
    Index traffic of log data The full-text indexing feature is enabled and 10 MB of index traffic is generated per day. 310 MB Free
    Read and write operations The number of times that logs are uploaded to Log Service. Less than 1 million read and write operations Free
  • Example 2: A website receives 100 million requests per day. Each request generates a 200-byte log. The size of logs that are generated per day is 18.6 GB. The website owner wants to upload the logs to Log Service and then analyze the logs. The number of shards is two and the retention period is three days. In this example, the compression ratio is 5:1 and no free quota is provided.
    You are charged USD 2.171985 per day. The following table shows the billing details.
    Billable item Description Daily amount Unit price Daily fee
    Read and write traffic The traffic that is generated by uploading logs to Log Service is 3.72 GB (18.6 GB × 20% = 3.72 GB). 3.72 GB

    USD 0.045 per GB per day

    USD 0.1674

    Index traffic of log data The full-text indexing feature is enabled and 20 GB of index traffic is generated per day. The reserved fields generate 1.4 GB of index traffic. 20 GB

    USD 0.0875 per GB per day

    USD 1.75

    Storage space occupied by log data
    • The storage space that is occupied by log data is 11.16 GB (18.6 GB/day × 20% × 3 days = 11.16 GB).
    • The storage space that is occupied by indexes is 60 GB (20 GB/day × 3 days = 60 GB).
    71.16 GB

    USD 0.002875 per GB per day

    USD 0.204585

    Read and write operations Logs are uploaded to Log Service about 1 million times. 1 million read and write operations

    USD 0.03 per million operations per day

    USD 0.03

    Active shards The peak traffic is 6 MB/s and two shards are created. 2

    USD 0.01 per shard per day

    USD 0.02

  • Example 3: An application generates 10 GB of time series data per day. The application uploads the data to Log Service by initiating 200,000 requests. Two shards are created and the retention period is three days. In this example, the compression ratio is 5:1 and no free quota is provided.
    You are charged USD 0.4169 per day. The following table shows the billing details.
    Billable item Description Daily amount Unit price Daily fee
    Read and write traffic The traffic that is generated by uploading time series data to Log Service is 2 GB (10 GB × 20% = 2 GB). 2 GB

    USD 0.045 per GB per day

    USD 0.09

    Index traffic of time series data Log Service creates indexes for all fields. 10 GB

    USD 0.02721 per GB per day

    USD 0.2721

    Storage space occupied by time series data
    • The storage space that is occupied by time series data is 30 GB (10 GB/day × 3 days = 30 GB).
    • The storage space that is occupied by indexes is 30 GB (10 GB/day × 3 days = 30 GB).
    60 GB

    USD 0.00048 per GB per day

    USD 0.0288

    Active shards The peak traffic is 6 MB/s and two shards are created. 2

    USD 0.01 per shard per day

    USD 0.02

    Read and write operations Times series data is uploaded to Log Service about 200,000 times. 200,000 read and write operations

    USD 0.03 per million operations per day

    USD 0.006

  • Example 4: Company A stores 40 billion logs in Log Service. When the company queries and analyzes the logs, it enables a dedicated SQL instance. The following table shows the billing details when the company uses the dedicated SQL instance to perform a query and analysis operation.
    Note In this example, only the dedicated SQL instance is described as a billable item.
    Billable item Description CPU time per operation Unit price Fee per operation
    Dedicated SQL instance The CPU time that is used when a query and analysis operation is performed is 3.6 seconds. For information about how to obtain the CPU time, see How do I obtain the CPU time? 3.6 seconds/3600 = 0.001 hour

    USD 0.05174 per core hour

    USD 0.00005174