Pricing plan details

Features with hourly and monthly pricing

Plan Lite Standard Transaction Engine
  • Description
  • Free trial. No credit card, no time limit. Limited throughput and capacity.
  • Serverless scaling. Pay only for what you need. Control capacity.
  • Uses IBM’s next-generation data layer architecture to lower costs.
  • Provisioned throughput capacity
  • Fixed at:
  • 20 reads/sec
  • 10 writes/sec
  • 5 global queries/sec
  • Fixed ratio of:
  • 100 reads/sec
  • 50 writes/sec
  • 5 global queries/sec
  • Fixed ratio of:
  • 50 reads/sec
  • 50 writes/sec
  • Read capacity
  • Not applicable
  • USD 0.00034/hr
  • USD 0.25/mo
  • USD 0.00012/hr
  • USD 0.0876/mo
  • Write capacity
  • Not applicable
  • USD 0.00068/hr
  • USD 0.50/mo
  • USD 0.00048/hr
  • USD 0.3504/mo
  • Global query capacity
  • Not applicable
  • USD 0.0068/hr
  • USD 5.00/mo
  • USD 0.0068/hr
  • USD 5.00/mo
  • Storage
  • 1 GB included
  • USD 1.00/GB/mo
  • 20 GB included
  • USD 0.25/GB/mo
  • 25 GB included
  • Dedicated hardware
  • Not applicable
  • USD 5,000.00/mo add-on
  • Not applicable
  • Monthly pricing
  • No charge — only in multitenant
  • Starting at USD 75.00
  • Starting at USD 22.00
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Frequently asked questions

How does provisional throughput capacity pricing work?

Provisioned throughput capacity (PTC) is based on a reserved amount of throughput operations you select for your IBM® Cloudant® instance and peak allowed number of operations per second. The throughput allowed rate is limited on a per-second PTC throughput capacity set for the instance at that time. Pay prorated hourly charges based on the capacity set.

How do I know I exceeded the capacity limit that I set?

You will receive a 429 status code (that is, “too many requests”) response if the number of operations per second exceeds the provisioned throughput capacity (PTC) allocated for a given request class. Various user interface (UI) and application programming interface (API) options are available to view throughput consumption and number of rate-limited operations.

Where can I see my usage data?

You can see your current and historical usage bills in the IBM Cloud® dashboard. Go to Manage > Billing and usage > Usage to see the total charges and usage for the month by service, plan or instance. Only hourly costs accrued for the current month and time are available.

Can I change my capacity setting?

You can change your provisioned throughput capacity (PTC) and see your current capacity settings in the IBM Cloud dashboard. Launch the IBM Cloud dashboard, choose Cloudant instance page > Manage > Capacity to view and change your PTC and see the hourly and approximate monthly costs. See the documentation for more information.

How does the pricing for data usage work?

Each plan has a base storage limit; more storage can be purchased in all but the Lite plan. The Lite plan includes 1 GB of storage at no cost. The Standard plan includes 20 GB of storage; additional storage is available at USD 0.0014/GB/hr. The Standard on Transaction Engine plan includes 25 GB of storage; additional storage is available at USD 0.000342/GB/hr.

What happens if I exceed the 1 GB storage limit on the Lite plan?

Storage usage is checked daily. If you exceed your 1 GB storage limit, requests to the IBM Cloudant instance receive a 402 status code (that is, “Your Lite account contains over 1 GB of data, and is restricted”). To remove the restrictions on your account, upgrade to a paid plan or delete data (link resides outside IBM) to reset storage to below the 1 GB limit.

How many Lite instances can I create?

You’re limited to one IBM Cloudant Lite plan instance per IBM Cloud account. If you already have one Lite plan instance, you cannot create a second Lite plan instance or change a Standard plan instance to a Lite plan. To create a new instance, either delete your existing Lite plan instance or select a paid plan.

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