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The billing system will be updated to support containers and cloud components starting May 2019

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Since the recent release of the public beta version of Mackerel’s container agent, the number of cases used in container environments has increased.

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In Mackerel’s existing billing system, all components are converted into a unit called a ‘host’ based on usage, and calculated at a rate of 1,800 yen per host. The host unit has a strong connotation as equivalent to one server, and this concept doesn’t really match actual applications with recent container environments and cloud managed services.

So, starting from May 2019, the billing system will be newly revised, dividing the existing ‘host’ billing unit into two separate billing units, standard hosts and a micro hosts.

With the transition to the new billing system, there are no operations or procedures that need to be performed by the user. The new rates will be applied starting in May 2019, thus affecting the bill of June 2019.

Below, we’ll go over some of the details regarding standard host and micro host units.

Standard hosts

Standard hosts will function similar to the current ‘host’ unit. 1 standard host will be charged 1,800 yen (tax included).

The following are billable targets for a standard host.

  • 1 physical server or virtual server installed with mackerel-agent will count as 1 standard host
  • 1 VM system integration (AWS EC2, AzureVM) instance will count as 1 standard host
  • If the number of host metric exceeds 200, every 200 host metrics will count as 1 standard host
  • Every 200 service metrics will count as 1 standard host
  • Every 20 external monitoring items will count as 1 standard host

Micro hosts

Micro hosts are a new billing unit. 1 micro host will be charged 648 yen (tax included).

The following are billable targets for a micro host.

  • 1 pod or task with mackerel-container-agent registered as a sidecar will count as 1 micro host
  • Apart from VM system integration calculated as standard hosts, every AWS/Azure Integration component will count as 1 micro host
  • If the number of host metrics for a micro host exceeds 30, every 30 host metrics will count as 1 micro host

Micro host targets that are currently being charged as regular ‘hosts’ will be automatically change to being calculated as micro hosts starting in May 2019.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the support team at support@mackerel.io.