Data transfer is an integral part of cloud computing and all our Simple plans include a generous amount of transfer capacity within the monthly pricing. Nevertheless, the needs of fast-growing businesses can quickly exhaust the monthly transfer quota of their front-end cloud server while other servers on their account never come even close. We recognise the unbalanced use of transfer quotas which is why on the 1st of October 2020 we will be bringing Network Transfer Pool to all public cloud users!
Introducing Network Transfer Pool!
Earlier this year, we lowered the excess data transfer pricing considerably to reduce the cost of outbound transfer to just $0.01 per GB when going beyond the included quotas. However, Network Transfer Pool is going to make even that an unlikely situation by allowing your UpCloud services to share their quotas!
Network Transfer Pool, as the name suggests, combines all transfer quotas included in all UpCloud public cloud products and services you use into a single account-wide transfer pool. This includes all traffic quotas across all data centres covering all current Cloud Servers as well as any future products that contain quotas for outgoing transfer. All metered network transfer is then first subtracted from the pool at a maximum expected hourly rate before any excess billing. Higher bursts of network usage exceeding the hourly transfer quota are billed at the standard transfer rate of $0.01 per GB.
The pooling is based on the goal to enable users to take full advantage of their allotted transfer quota but distributed evenly across the month to ensure fair playing field to all users. In practice, the summed up quota is divided by the hours in a calendar month for an hourly transfer quota for all your UpCloud services. The hourly transfer quota is regularly updated according to the changes in deployed services and is calculated at the beginning of every hour according to the currently allotted quotas.
Example of the new Network Transfer Pool:
- Cloud services have a combined transfer pool of 36 TB
- The pool is divided by 720 hours for an hourly transfer quota of 50 GB
- Applicable outbound traffic first uses the transfer quota of 50 GB per hour
- Any transfer exceeding 50 GB within the same hour is billed at $0.01 per GB
- The hourly transfer quota is then calculated again when the next billing hour starts
All of your cloud services which include transfer quota share the combined Transfer Pool and the calculated hourly quota allowing greater flexibility in service configurations. No longer will the transfer quotas of your database and other backend servers be left unutilised while the frontend or load balancers exceed their individual quotas. And as always, all transfers within SDN Private Networks and the Utility network remain unlimited and free of charge.
Learn more in our network documentation.
The new Network Transfer Pool comes into effect at 00:00 UTC on the 1st of October 2020!