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Does AWS charge for RDS Instance Startup Time?

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I have an app that starts and stops an RDS instance on-demand. I understand how AWS charges for a stopped RDS instance.

Does AWS charge for startup/shutdown compute time?

asked 3 years ago53 views
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The pricing documentation for RDS indicates:

Pricing is ... from the time a DB instance is launched until it is stopped or deleted.

For RDS, more specifically:

RDS is billed in one-second increments for database instances and attached storage. Pricing is still listed on a per-hour basis, but bills are now calculated down to the second and show usage in decimal form. There is a 10 minute minimum charge when an instance is created, restored or started.

FYI, for regular EC2 instances:

Each time you start a stopped instance we charge a minimum of one minute for usage. After one minute, we charge only for the seconds you use.

answered 3 years ago
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For Stopped instances you are charged for any storage being used, but not for the instance itself. Remember that Stopped instances automatically re-start after 7 days.

I believe that no charges accrue when an instance is in "Starting" or "Stopping" state, but my memory is a little fuzzy on that.

answered 3 years ago

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