Pricing FAQs

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?

Wasabi’s Unlimited Egress pricing plan offers storage at $.0049 per GB/month (which translates to $4.99 per TB/month) with unlimited free egress and no additional charges for API calls.

Wasabi also offers our original legacy pricing plan that compares to the storage + egress pricing model used by AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft for their public cloud object storage services.  The Wasabi Legacy pricing plan is $.0039 per GB/month (which translates to $3.99 per TB/month) plus $.04 per GB for egress downloads and no additional charges for API calls.      Below is a summary of the two plans:

Wasabi Unlimited Egress Pricing Plan: $.0049 / GB / month + unlimited free egress + no API call charges

Wasabi Legacy Pricing Plan: $.0039 / GB / month + $.04 / GB egress + no API call charges

All Wasabi subscribers incur a minimum 1 TB monthly charge ($4.99 per month for Unlimited Egress plan customers or $3.99 per month for Legacy plan customers) 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#6 for more details). This policy is comparable to the minimum storage charge period applicable to some of Amazon’s object storage services.

 

2.  How do I know which Wasabi pricing plan is best for me?

If your cloud storage use case involves the need to periodically download your data from Wasabi, then you will generally benefit from our default Unlimited Egress pricing plan.  This is because you won’t have to pay for egress download data.   If your cloud storage use case involves storing data in the cloud and generally never accessing the data except in the case of an emergency, the Wasabi Legacy pricing plan may be the best fit for you. Let’s consider an example where you have 10 TB of storage and you have to access 10% of that storage (1 TB) in a given month:

Wasabi Unlimited Egress pricing plan costs:  (10 TB of storage * $4.99 TB/month) + (1 TB of egress * $0) = $49.99 per month

Wasabi Legacy pricing plan costs: (10 TB of storage * $3.99 TB/month) + (1 TB of egress * $.04 / GB) = $80.95 per month

So, in this example, it is clear that the Wasabi Unlimited Egress pricing plan provides you with more savings then the Wasabi Legacy pricing plan

 

3.  What use cases are a good fit (vs. not a good fit) for Wasabi’s Unlimited Egress pricing plan?

Wasabi’s hot cloud storage service is designed for use cases where you store your data in our public cloud storage service and you access this data at a reasonable rate.      If your use case creates an unreasonable burden on our infrastructure, we reserve the right to limit your egress traffic and/or ask you to switch to our Legacy pricing plan.  Wasabi’s hot cloud storage service is not designed to be used to serve up (for example) web pages at a rate where the downloaded data far exceeds the stored data or any other use case where a small amount of data is served up a large amount of times.    Please note that we often have excess egress bandwidth available for our customers and while we don’t expect to have to limit a customer’s egress traffic, if this condition occurs we will inform you of the condition via a service notification.

 

4.  If I’m a current Wasabi customer and wish to change from the Wasabi Legacy plan to the Wasabi Unlimited Egress plan (or visa-versa), how do I make this change?

Wasabi doesn’t automatically change customers from the Legacy pricing plan to the Unlimited Egress pricing plan.    If you wish to change your pricing plan, please contact our support team and provide the email associated with your Wasabi account.    In the near future, we plan to allow you to change between plans yourself via the Wasabi Management Console.  More details on this topic can be found in this Knowledge Base article.

 

5.  Can I use the Wasabi Unlimited Egress pricing plan and the Wasabi Legacy pricing plan within a single Wasabi account?

No, you can only have a single Wasabi pricing plan per Wasabi account.   If you have multiple storage use cases and you want to use (for example), the Wasabi Unlimited Egress pricing plan for use case #1 and the Wasabi Legacy pricing plan for use case #2, then you can use separate Wasabi accounts (one account for each use case).

 

6. 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. For the Unlimited Egress pricing plan, the unit price of $.00016 per GB per day is based on Wasabi’s published storage charge of $.0049 per GB per month divided by 30 days. For the Legacy pricing plan, 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 $4.99 for Unlimited Egress pricing plan customers or $3.99 for Legacy pricing plan customers, a charge associated with Wasabi’s minimum 1 TB per month storage requirement charge applies. 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. If you are on the Wasabi Legacy pricing plan, the unit price for Data Transfer (Out) is $.04 per GB over the public internet and free over Wasabi Direct Connect.    If you are on the Wasabi Unlimited Egress pricing plan, we do not charge for Data Transfer (Out)

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.

 

7. 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 (Wasabi Legacy Pricing Plan Used In This Example)

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.

 

8.  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.

 

9.  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.

 

10.  What is the cost impact of using Wasabi’s immutability feature for compliance purposes?

Immutability means the stored objects cannot be deleted 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.

 

11.  What is the cost impact of using Wasabi to store very small files (less than 4 kilobytes in size)?

If you use Wasabi to store files that are less than 4 kilobytes (KB) in size, you should be aware that Wasabi’s minimum file size from a charging perspective is 4 KB.  You can store files smaller than 4 KB with Wasabi but (for example), if you store a 2 KB file with Wasabi, you will be charged as if it were a 4 KB file.    This policy is due to the processing overhead that each file that is less than 4 KB requires in Wasabi storage.  This minimum file size charging policy only applies to files that are less than 4 KB in size.

 

12. What is the math behind the $4.99 / TB / month?

The math behind the $4.99 / TB / month price used in the Unlimited Egress pricing plan is as follows:

 $.00016243 GB/day * 30 days in a Wasabi billing cycle * 1024 GB-in-a-TB = $4.99 per TB per month

Please visit this knowledge base article for a discussion on GB/TB vs. GiB/TiB.

 

13.  What pricing for AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure are you using in your pricing comparisons?

Wasabi uses publicly-available competitor pricing in our comparisons.    Based on our interpretation of competitor pricing as of March 2018, the following pricing is used:

AWS S3: $.023 / GB / month for storage & $.09 / GB for egress

Google Cloud: $.026 / GB / month for storage & $.08 / GB for egress

Microsoft Azure: $.0184 / GB / month for storage & $.01 / GB for egress

Wasabi acknowledges that there is some variability in our competitors complex pricing based on which specific tier, volume, and other parameters that are used.   If you wish to better understand the pricing for one of our competitors for your specific storage use case, we recommend you use the storage pricing calculators from those providers.

 

14.  What is the basis for the pricing claim that Wasabi is ‘80% less than AWS S3’?

Wasabi’s Unlimited Egress plan price of $.0049/GB/month is approximately 20% of Amazon S3’s price of $.023/GB/month.    This is the primary basis for the ‘80% less’ statement.    In addition, when you look at the total cost of a typical public cloud storage use case, you have AWS S3 total charges = $.023/GB/mo for storage + $ charges for egress +  $ charges for API calls compared to Wasabi total charges = $.0049/GB/mo for storage + no charge for egress + no charge for API calls, you can see how Wasabi is easily 80% less than S3 (and often greater than 80% less).

 

15.  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.