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FAQ: Resource Planning

This topic lists the possible issues that you may encounter while planning your resources on Zilliz Cloud and the corresponding solution.



What is a Compute Unit (CU)?

A compute unit (CU) is a group of hardware resources for serving your indexes and search requests. You can simply consider a CU as a fully-managed physical node for deploying search service.

For more details, see Select the Right CU.

How can I avoid expenses on unused clusters?

We recommend suspending unused clusters to save computing costs. You can resume them later when necessary.

How can I estimate the cost of using Zilliz Cloud?

You can use our calculator to get a cost estimate.

Does Zilliz Cloud support deployment on Azure?

Yes. Zilliz Cloud now supports deployment on Azure. This feature is in beta version now.

How can I know which plan I am on?

To view your plan, choose a specific cluster under a project. Navigate to the Cluster Details tab, and you can find the plan detail under the Summary section.


How many CUs do I need for a given collection?

A Performance-optimized CU can serve 7.5 million 128-dimensional vectors or 1.5 million 768-dimensional vectors.

A Capacity-optimized CU can serve 25 million 128-dimensional vectors or 5 million 768-dimensional vectors.

Since your collection's schema may differ from the ones in the simple guide above, we highly recommend you test the actual requirements against different CU types.

What's the difference between Performance-optimized CU and Capacity-optimized CU?

The "Performance-optimized Compute Unit" suits low latency or high throughput similarity searches. This option works best for high-search performance scenarios.

The "Capacity-optimized Compute Unit" suits data volumes that are five times larger than the performance-optimized CU option. This option works best for increased storage capacity scenarios.

For more details, see Select the Right CU.

How can I downgrade from Enterprise plan to Standard plan?

You can downgrade your plan by deleting your enterprise plan clusters and creating new clusters in the standard plan.

If you want to ensure a smooth transition between plans with data retained, you can submit a request. We can downgrade the plan for you as well.