Subscription plans

When signing up for the CrateDB Cloud service, you have a choice of four different plans. Each plan is preconfigured for different use cases, depending on what your product needs are. By presenting plans in terms of ready-made configurations of database storage, memory, and computation capacity, the customer is spared the complexity of finding the exact required hardware combinations themselves.

At the same time, the plans also offer flexibility, since your use case may change. Not only do we offer multiple plans and tiers with different specifications, but within a given plan you can scale the required capacity for a cluster up or down by adding or subtracting nodes within a given plan.

In order to make the costs for a given set of hardware transparent and yet easy to use, this scaling is measured in terms of Database Transaction Units (DTUs). The simple rule of thumb is that plans and tiers increase the price per DTU, whereas the number of nodes represents the number of DTUs expended for an hour of usage.

This reference gives a brief description of the plans and subsequently explains the meaning and usage of nodes, tiers, and DTUs. This should make it easy to choose the right setup for your CrateDB Cloud subscription.


CrateDB Edge works differently. Since it allows hosting CrateDB Cloud on your local or self-service Kubernetes stack, there is no need for different subscription plans. You can combine CrateDB Edge with any suitable hardware configuration that works for your use case.

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CrateDB Cloud subscription plans

CrateDB Cloud’s service comes with four different subscription plans: Development, General Purpose, I/O Optimized, and Storage Optimized. Besides these, we also offer the CrateDB Cloud Contract.

  • The Development plan is aimed at users who want to try out what CrateDB Cloud has to offer. It offers modest but robust storage, memory, and computation capacity. Although intended for setting up trial clusters to evaluate the product, it offers full flexibility and functionality. The capacity can be scaled along three scale units. Per scale unit, one DTU is added (or subtracted).


The Development plan is not covered by 24/7 support.

  • The General Purpose plan suits all general use cases. This plan offers significant storage, memory, and computation capacity. The General Purpose plan can also currently be scaled between three scale units, each adding (or subtracting) one DTU.

  • The I/O Optimized plan is, as the name suggests, optimized for write and query speed. It offers double the capacity for inserts and queries per second of the General Purpose plan, but does not increase storage capacity.

  • The Storage Optimized plan is, by contrast, suited for use cases that are primarily about (warm) storage and have less emphasis on querying. It offers half the insert and query capacity of the General Purpose plan, but four times the storage capacity.

Subscription plan regions

We currently offer three regions for our subscriptions: one from AWS (West Europe) and two from Azure (East US 2 and West Europe). You can use any subscription plan in any region. Note that prices for a given plan differ depending on the region you select.

Subscription plan tiers and nodes

Besides the hardware composition described above, which outlines the ratio of the elements CPU, RAM, and storage HD for each subscription plan, each plan has two further dimensions: tiers and nodes.

Tiers are simply multiples of each hardware composition, and therefore allow vertical scaling within a given plan. For example, the Basic tier of the General Purpose plan has 3.5 CPUs, 14 GiB of RAM, and 1 TiB of storage. The next tier of that plan, the Pro tier, has 7 CPUs, 28 GiB of RAM, and 2 TiB of storage, and so forth.

The number of nodes in a cluster can also be adjusted manually for a given plan. Basic tiers of a plan allow scaling between 3, 4, and 5 nodes, whereas higher tiers allow scaling up to 15. (If you need more nodes than this, you can contact us any time.)


An even number of nodes can be used for testing and development without issue, but is not recommended for production workloads, due to the risk of split-brain syndrome.

The Development plan differs from the others: it has only a single tier and allows scaling between 1-3 nodes.


When you have scaled a Development plan cluster above one node, you cannot scale it back down to a single node again.

Each node, in turn, corresponds to one DTU, regardless of tier. Put simply, the tier determines the hardware ‘size’ of the node, the number of nodes determines the number of DTUs at that size. Since the Development plan starts at 1 node, it starts at 1 DTU; other plans start at 3 nodes and therefore start at 3 DTUs.

If you use our SaaS Marketplace offers, you will encounter DTUs/hour as the measure of actual usage that we bill for. If you subscribe to CrateDB Cloud directly via credit card, you do not have to concern yourself with DTUs. For a more detailed explanation of DTUs, see the section below.

Explaining DTUs for scaling and billing

What are DTUs and how do they work? As mentioned above, to make finding the right combination of hardware capacity more tractable and accessible, CrateDB Cloud’s offers use DTUs. These DTUs have essentially two purposes: they allow the user to choose the right combination of plan and scale to find the capacity they need, and they provide clarity for the purposes of pricing. In order to keep things simple, scaling in each plan is currently set up so that one scale unit = one node = one DTU, and billing is set up so that bills only for DTUs/hour actually used.

Let’s break this down further to clarify what each of these statements mean.

As seen above, CrateDB Cloud’s SaaS offer is divided into four plans. Each plan has a starting number of nodes (usually 3), that can be scaled to a larger number (between 4 and 15). Because the hardware capacity in each plan and tier is different, a node of the GP plan at the Basic tier, for example, is of a different size (in terms of storage, memory, and computation) than a node in the I/O Optimized plan at tier Premium. But the billing for these varied hardware compositions and scales is made easy by the fact that for any given plan and tier, one node corresponds to one DTU. Since for SaaS Marketplace users we bill in terms of DTUs/hour, all the different dimensions of horizontal and vertical hardware scaling are resolved into a single measure.

An overview showing the range in terms of capacity of each plan can be found on the Azure offer page and the AWS subscription page, respectively. All details about each hardware dimension, plan, tier, and node, can be found on the deployment screen in the CrateDB Cloud console when deploying your cluster. For SaaS Marketplace offers, you can also find the price per DTU/hour for each subscription plan in the same overview.

To summarize:

The DTU approach to scaling means that although the offered plans differ considerably in capacity per plan, tier, and number of nodes, the DTU system allows you to easily compare these different magnitudes for a single usage price on the SaaS Marketplaces.

The precise calculations of hardware capacity, actual usage of that hardware, and a corresponding cost are all handled by The user only needs to choose a plan, a tier within that plan, and the number of nodes. You will then know the price in DTU/hour that corresponds to your choice.

The CrateDB Cloud Contract

The CrateDB Cloud Contract allows you to pay for a full year’s worth of the service of your choice in advance. You purchase a certain number of DTUs for one of the subscription plans mentioned above, and pay them up front for the full year. Depending on the specifics of the contract chosen, it may be possible to negotiate a discount based on the up front payment. The CrateDB Cloud Contract is only available via our supported cloud providers on the SaaS Marketplaces. For more information, contact our Sales team.

The process depends on whether you sign up via Azure or via AWS, as described below:


To sign a CrateDB Cloud Contract via Microsoft Azure, follow the initial steps for signup while selecting the CrateDB Cloud Contract as your subscription plan. This will automatically alert our Sales team, who will get in touch with you to configure the specifics of your contract according to your needs.


To sign a CrateDB Cloud Contract via AWS, simply follow the link to the Contract page on the AWS Marketplace. The Contract will be visible as a product you can subscribe to. The pricing information is indicative of the cost of a single DTU for a given subscription plan (see the descriptions of the plans above) for the full year.

AWS Marketplace CrateDB Cloud Contract offer

By subscribing to the CrateDB Cloud Contract product, you will automatically be put in contact with our Sales department, which will further help you configure the right plan and contract according to your needs.

Cautionary notes

For clarity, we add here a few notes of caution:

  • The correspondence between one node and one DTU is provisional and may change in the future.

  • Remember that not all plans, currently or in the future, necessarily start at one DTU. All plans except the Development plan currently start at three DTUs of that plan. Therefore, when referring to the pricing per DTU/hour on the SaaS Marketplace cloud offer, keep this in mind. The price for a single DTU/hour, as listed on the cloud offer pages, is not necessarily the minimum price for an hour usage of a given plan.

  • New plans may be offered in the future with different capacity ranges that may suit your use case. This reference document will then be updated accordingly. Plan terms and prices are subject to change.


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