Below are some (FAQs) Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to Wasabi pricing. If you have additional questions regarding our pricing, please contact us.
1. How much does Wasabi cost?
With Wasabi, storage is priced at $0.0039 per GB per month, and you only pay for what you use. There are no setup fees and no charge for API calls. The only additional charge associated with Wasabi (beyond applicable taxes and optional paid support plans) is for egress data transfer, which is priced at $.04 per GB for customers that access our service over our standard public internet interfaces. Egress data transfer is free when using Wasabi Direct Connect.
Wasabi subscribers incur a minimum 1 TB monthly charge ($3.99 per month) and objects stored on Wasabi incur a minimum 90-day storage charge and then daily thereafter. Objects deleted before 90 days incur a pro-rated charge equal to the storage charge for the remaining days (see FAQ#3 for more details). This policy is comparable to the minimum storage charge period applicable to some of Amazon’s object storage services.
2. How are my Wasabi charges calculated?
The Wasabi charges are calculated in accordance with the terms described below.
- Timed Active Storage: This item is associated with the amount active storage that is stored with Wasabi for the billing cycle. The unit price of $.00013 per GB per day is based on Wasabi’s published storage charge of $.0039 per GB per month divided by 30 days. Wasabi always bills on a 30-day cycle (regardless of the length of the month or when the billing cycle starts).
- Minimum Active Storage (if applicable): In the event the Timed Active Storage charge is less than $3.99, a charge associated with Wasabi’s minimum 1 TB per month storage requirement charge applies. At $.0039 per GB per month, this results a minimum monthly charge of $.0039 * 1024 or $3.99 per TB per month. This charge is applied to cover Wasabi’s fixed costs per customer account. Timed deleted storage (described below) does not count in the calculation of whether Wasabi’s minimum 1 TB per month requirement is met.
- Timed Deleted Storage: This item is associated with the amount of deleted storage that has not yet reached the 90-day minimum storage charge with Wasabi for the billing cycle. Wasabi charges a minimum of 90 days for any storage object (active or deleted). This policy is comparable to the minimum storage charge period applicable to some of Amazon’s object storage services. The unit price for timed deleted storage is the same as the unit price for timed active storage. As an example, if you store an object with Wasabi for 15 days and then delete it, you will still be charged for 90 days of storage (15 days of timed active storage and 75 days of timed deleted storage). The storage charges for this simple example will be spread over three sequential 30-day billing cycles in a manner that looks like this:
- First 30-day billing cycle: 15 days of timed active storage + 15 days of timed deleted storage
- Second 30-day billing cycle: 30 days of timed deleted storage
- Third 30-day billing cycle: 30 days of timed deleted storage
- API Calls (PUT, GET, COPY, POST, LIST & all other requests): This item is associated with number API calls associated with interaction between third-party storage clients or the Wasabi Management Console and the Wasabi storage service for the billing cycle. One API call includes both the request and response. Unlike most object storage service providers, Wasabi does not charge for number of API call requests.
- Data Transfer (In): This item is associated with the amount of data (storage data and the data consumed by API calls) that enter (ingress) the Wasabi Service. Wasabi does not charge for Data Transfer (In).
- Data Transfer (Out): This item is associated with the amount of data (storage data and the data consumed by API calls) that leave (egress) the Wasabi Service. The unit price for Data Transfer (Out) is $.04 per GB over the public internet and free over Wasabi Direct Connect.
- Service Credits: This item is associated with any promotional or other credit made available by Wasabi to a customer.
- Wasabi Basic Support Plan: This item is associated with the free support plan that is available by default for all customers.
- Wasabi Premium Support Plan: This item is associated with the premium support plan that is available as an optional paid upgrade for all customers. Premium Support is priced at $300 per month.
3. According to Wasabi’s pricing policy, objects stored on Wasabi incur a minimum 90-day storage charge and then daily thereafter. Given this policy, when does it make sense (or not make sense) to use Wasabi vs. S3 for my storage?
The fact that Wasabi is on average one-fifth the cost of S3 is a compelling argument for moving all of your cloud storage to Wasabi from S3. However, if you have files that you only need store for 15 days or less, it may make more economic sense for you to keep those files on S3. This is because of a difference in minimum storage duration charging policies between S3 and Wasabi.
With the S3 “standard” tier, there is no minimum storage duration charge (however, there is a 30-day minimum charge for the S3 Infrequent Access tier and a 90-day minimum charge for the Glacier tier). With Wasabi, there is a 90-day minimum storage duration charge.
Due to the differences in minimum storage charging policies, for data that you expect to quickly erase, it may be more economical for you to keep short-lived data in S3. The breakeven point is approximately 15 days: if you expect to store your data for more than 15 days, it will be less expensive to store your data in Wasabi (even though you will be charged for 90 days). The longer you store your data with Wasabi, the greater the savings. Data that is stored for 90 days or more will be approximately one-fifth the price of S3. These metrics are illustrated in the chart below (note that the chart focuses strictly on storage costs; not network transfer or other charges such as API call charges imposed by S3).
Illustration Of How After 15 Days, Wasabi Is Cheaper Than S3
Although the cost savings with Wasabi are quickly realized for data stored with Wasabi for over 15 days, it’s worth explaining why Wasabi has a minimum 90-day storage charge. There are two main operational costs for Wasabi: first, the actual storage cost (i.e. data center infrastructure) and second, the actual network bandwidth costs for transferring your data.
While Wasabi’s technology provides a significant advantage over Amazon on storage costs, Wasabi essentially has no advantage on network bandwidth costs. For files retained for short duration periods (i.e. 15 days or less), the storage costs can be comparable to the network bandwidth costs to transfer the data. However, if the storage data is retained for longer periods, the cost of the storage can greatly exceed the network bandwidth and associated transfer charges.
If you send Wasabi data that is stored for years, the network costs are insignificant compared with the storage costs. Conversely, if you send us data that you erase moments later, Wasabi’s network costs are far higher than Wasabi’s storage costs. It is these economics that drive Wasabi’s minimum storage duration policies.
4. What is the cost impact of using Wasabi versioning and bucket logging features?
Versioning is an object storage feature that is available from Wasabi as well as S3 (the S3 definition of versioning is useful reference). Any time you enable versioning (on Wasabi or S3), you are essentially creating new versions of the objects you are storing. This will result in an increase in storage charges. Bucket logging is another object storage feature that is available from Wasabi and S3. As the feature name implies, when this feature is enabled, you will be creating log files for all bucket activity. This log files are treated just like any other type of billable storage.
5. I’m not planning to use the versioning feature but I may be overwriting a file (via API delete & put actions) with the same name multiple times. What is the cost impact of this?
As a means of answering this question, let’s consider an example where on day 1, you store a file called “foo.pdf”. On day 2, you then overwrite foo.pdf with a new copy of foo.pdf but do not change the file name or use versioning. As part of this overwrite action, the original copy of foo.pdf will transition from active storage to deleted storage. This will result in a charge for this particular object of 1 day of active storage and 89 days of deleted storage. In addition, you will be charged for storage of the new copy of foo.pdf.
6. What is the cost impact of using Wasabi’s immutability feature for compliance purposes?
Immutability means the stored objects cannot be delete by the user or by Wasabi until the specified retention period has expired (this is a security feature for data protection). Any storage (immutable or not) will be charged as active storage.
7. Your website indicates $.0039 per GB per month but the pricing comparison on the website indicates 1 TB is priced at $3.99 / month (instead of $3.90 / month for 1 TB). Why is that?
The Wasabi monthly price is $.0039 GB / month. Given that there are 1024 GB in 1 TB (not 1000 GB), the price for 1 TB is $.0039 * 1024 or $3.99 per 1 TB per month. Please visit this knowledge base article for a discussion on GB/TB vs. GiB/TiB.
8. Where can I get more information on other pricing-related FAQs and info regarding Wasabi’s usage reporting and billing capabilities?
Please visit the Wasabi Knowledge Base section on this topic.