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Standard

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Confluent Cloud Pricing Details

Confluent Cloud offers four different cloud-native Apache Kafka cluster types: Basic, Standard, Enterprise, and Dedicated. Billing dimensions vary by cluster type and cloud provider. Visit cluster type documentation to learn more about specific features, capabilities, and limits by cluster type.

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eCKU

eCKUs or Elastic CKUs are units of horizontal scalability in Confluent Cloud which autoscale to meet demand. eCKU limits vary by cluster type. Learn more.

$/eCKU/hour
First eCKU free, then $0.141$0.751$2.25
Data In/Out (Ingress/Egress)
$/GB
$0.05$0.05$0.05
Data Stored 2
$/GB-month
$0.08$0.08$0.08
Total Monthly Starting Cost
$0/Month$550/Month$1,650/Month

Basic

eCKU

eCKUs or Elastic CKUs are units of horizontal scalability in Confluent Cloud which autoscale to meet demand. eCKU limits vary by cluster type. Learn more.

$/eCKU/hour
First eCKU free, then $0.141
Data In/Out (Ingress/Egress)
$/GB
$0.05
Data Stored 2
$/GB-month
$0.08
Total Monthly Starting Cost
$0/Month

Standard

eCKU

eCKUs or Elastic CKUs are units of horizontal scalability in Confluent Cloud which autoscale to meet demand. eCKU limits vary by cluster type. Learn more.

$/eCKU/hour
$0.751
Data In/Out (Ingress/Egress)
$/GB
$0.05
Data Stored 2
$/GB-month
$0.08
Total Monthly Starting Cost
$550/Month

Enterprise

eCKU

eCKUs or Elastic CKUs are units of horizontal scalability in Confluent Cloud which autoscale to meet demand. eCKU limits vary by cluster type. Learn more.

$/eCKU/hour
$2.25
Data In/Out (Ingress/Egress)
$/GB
$0.05
Data Stored 2
$/GB-month
$0.08
Total Monthly Starting Cost
$1,650/Month

1 Beginning 4/16/2024, the pricing model for Basic and Standard clusters will utilize Elastic CKUs (eCKUs) instead of Base & Partitions. These changes are only applicable to Confluent Cloud organizations created on or after 4/16/2024. All organizations created before this date are not impacted and will continue to utilize their existing cluster pricing model and limits. If you have any questions, please contact us by creating a Support request via the Confluent Cloud Support Portal or by reaching out to your account team.

2 Prices displayed based on 730 hours per month. Actual storage billing occurs by the hour at a rate of $0.00010959/GB-hr.

Prices vary by cloud region. Learn more about Confluent Cloud Billing.

Discounts based on usage are available. Contact us or your Confluent Cloud account team to find out more.

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FAQ

What are Elastic CKUs (eCKUs) and why are they important?

Elastic Confluent Units for Kafka (eCKUs) are a unit of horizontal scalability in Confluent Cloud. eCKUs autoscale up to meet spikes in demand and back down based on workload with no user intervention required, and you only pay for the resources you use when you actually need them. With eCKUs, you never need to worry about cluster sizing and provisioning or overpaying for resources again. Autoscaling eCKUs enable you to free up your teams to focus on innovation and business differentiation while simultaneously lowering costs.

How is my monthly bill calculated?

Confluent monthly bills are based upon resource consumption:

  • Kafka clusters are billed for eCKUs/CKUs ($/hour), networking ($/GB), and storage ($/GB-hour).
  • Use of connectors is billed based on throughput ($/GB) and a task base price ($/task/hour).
  • Use of stream processing with ksqlDB is billed based on CSUs ($/unit/hour).
  • Use of stream processing with Confluent Cloud for Apache Flink is calculated based on CFUs ($/unit/minute).
  • Use of Cluster Linking is billed at an hourly rate per link ($/hour/link) and by the data sent/received over all links ($/GB).

Confluent storage and throughput is calculated in binary gigabytes (GB), where 1 GB is 2^30 bytes. This unit of measurement is also known as a gibibyte (GiB). Please also note that all prices are stated in United States dollars unless specifically stated otherwise.

All billing computations are conducted in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

How can I get Confluent discounts?

When you commit to an annual plan, you can get discounts based on your usage.

What are annual commitments?

Confluent Cloud offers the ability to make a commitment to a minimum amount of spend. This commitment gives you access to discounts and provides the flexibility to use this commitment across the entire Confluent Cloud stack, including any Kafka cluster type, ksqlDB, Connect and Support. With self-serve provisioning and expansion, you have the freedom to consume only what you need from a commitment at any point in time. For more information about annual commitments, contact us.

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