The Cloud Software (also called Priced Software) feature provides differential pricing for servers deployed from OS Images containing certain commercial software.
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Priced Software (also called "Cloud Software") represents commercial software loaded onto an OS Image that incurs additional charges when deployed as a server. This software can be installed on the image OS or it can be the image OS itself. The Priced Software images are identified in the Standard Priced Software Images filter as shown below:
Charges for Priced Software are calculated using Software Units that are associated with each Priced Software package. Priced Software packages incur Software Units based on one of two models:
- Per Server Priced Software incurs a specific rate of Software Units per hour when a server is running and a specific rate per hour when a server is stopped. This hourly rate is the same regardless of the number of CPU’s configured on the server.
- Example: Per Server Priced Software with a rate of 50 units per hour when the server is running and 25 units per hour when the server is stopped. If a 2 CPU Server is deployed in a running state for 2 hours and a stopped state for 1 hour, it will incur 125 software units (50 units x 2 hours running + 25 units x 1 hour stopped)
- Per CPU Priced Software incurs a specific rate of Software Units per hour per CPU when a server is running and a specific rate per hour per CPU when a server is stopped. In this case, the overall rate varies based on the number of CPU associated with the server on which the Priced Software is deployed.
- Example: Per CPU Priced Software with a rate of 50 units per hour when the server is running and 25 units per hour when the server is stopped. If a 2 CPU Server is deployed in a running state for 2 hours and a stopped state for 1 hour, it will incur 250 software units (50 units x 2 CPU x 2 hours running + 25 units x 2 CPU x 1 hour stopped)
Software Unit charges are only incurred on servers deployed from Images containing Priced Software. Client Images created from a Virtual Server with Priced Software will not incur charges. However, servers created from such Client Images will incur the same charges.
If multiple Priced Software packages are associated with a given Cloud Server or Cloud Image, the Software Units for each Priced Software package are incurred.
To view a report on Priced Software, see How to Create a Software Usage Report
The specific details of the pricing for all Priced Software packages are available by hovering your mouse over a specific Priced Software image:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Once a server is deployed from a Priced Software Image, the service will continue charging for Priced Software on that Server and any subsequent Client Images made from that server for the life of the server/image, even if the software is removed or deleted. In other words, you cannot remove the Priced Software charges from the Server/Image. Should you decide you no longer want to use the software, you will need to migrate your content/data off the Priced Software Sever to another server that does not have Priced Software, and then delete the Priced Software Server. You can then create a new Client Image if you need an Image without the software.
Additional details are included in the following articles: