12 September 2016 News

Announcing Annual Discounts for Elastic Cloud Standard

By Tyler Hannan

The current forecast?
Cloudy with a 15% annual discount.

If you haven’t perused our Cloud subscriptions, you may be unaware that we sell hosted Elasticsearch in 3 ways. These subscription levels are Standard, Gold, and Platinum. They are distinguished by features and different SLAs for support. For the purpose of this post, I want to focus exclusively on Cloud Standard, our most affordable feature-packed offering.

Starting Simple, Starting Small, Full Access

As the creators of Elasticsearch, our support team is backed by the engineers who wrote the code. And, for critical use cases, this is an incredibly important requirement. However, we know that the business of hosted products differs slightly. The ability to start small and expand on demand is an assumption for any “hosted” or “SaaS” or “other cloudy term” offering. With that in mind, we believe Cloud Standard is a fantastic starting point for those looking for a hosted Elasticsearch solution.Does your cluster require less than 64 GB of RAM in total?

All Platinum X-Pack Products & Features (including Field & Document-level security and Graph) are available for no additional cost.

And, starting last week, annual subscriptions of Cloud Standard enjoy a 15% discount on the total cost. The math is simple. Design the cluster you desire in the pricing calculator, then apply the discount and calculate the annualized cost. You can get the details, and sign the contract, by contacting us.

But why a discount for annual customers?

Put simply, we believe that Elastic Cloud is the best hosted Elasticsearch service around. And, for those of you who desire an ongoing relationship, we want to recognize your commitment with a discount. Don’t dismay. The hourly pricing isn’t going away. But it doesn’t stop there.

Infrastructure Matters. Here Are Some Updates to Ours.

Reporting - Is there a manager or business user in your life who just wants to see a report -- either periodically or at a scheduled interval -- in their email? Reporting matters, so much so that we wrote an entire blog post about it. What we didn’t share in that post is that the reporting release required rethinking Kibana instance sizing (Yeah, Elastic Cloud comes with Kibana) and ensuring that the asynchronous report process would not negatively impact the experience of usage of Elasticsearch and visualization and discovery in Kibana. Report away in Cloud.

New Region Coming Soon - You want ‘em?  You got ‘em. Our approach to expanding available regions has been simple. Let you, the user, tell us what is the priority. There has been enough feedback on a specific region, that we will be adding the ability to launch Elastic Cloud clusters in us-west-2 (Oregon) soon.

5.0 RC1 - Getting the latest release, on the day of release, simply isn’t enough. We’re starting to expose milestone releases on Cloud as well, so you can kick the tires of the cutting edge. This requires a substantial amount of tooling and work with our build process and will be first realized with the release of 5.0 RC1 for public consumption on Elastic Cloud. (Still not familiar with 5.0 or the Elastic Stack? You should be.)  The goal is to be  able to expose nightlies. (Do you test nightlies or use updated, non-release software in your environment? Soon you can in Cloud.)

Seeing is Believing. Coding is Understanding.

We have long said that the best way to understand the Elastic Stack is to use it. The same is true for Elastic Cloud. 

It is simple, really simple.
It is powerful, absurdly powerful.
It is -- now -- cheaper, 15% cheaper.