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Select the Right Cluster Plan

Zilliz Cloud provides a range of cluster types and plans to suit diverse requirements. Whether you're new to vector databases or require robust solutions for enterprise-level tasks, making the right choice ensures optimal performance, scalability, and cost-efficiency. This guide will help you make an informed decision.

Understand cluster types

At its core, Zilliz Cloud offers two fundamental types of clusters: Serverless and Dedicated.

Cluster TypeDescriptionResource AllocationBest Suited For
ServerlessSimple, fully managed vector database cluster- Dynamic provisioning
- Shared resources with other users
- Vector database newcomers
- Hassle-free experience seekers
- Full feature set
- High availability & security
- Dedicated Compute Units (CUs)
- Optimal performance
- Enterprise setups
- Strict performance & security needs

For more in-depth details on cluster configurations, explore the Free Trials and Pricing Calculator.

Select a cluster plan

Zilliz Cloud categorizes its offerings into four distinct plans: Starter, Standard, Enterprise, and Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC).

FeatureStarterStandardEnterpriseBring Your Own Cloud (BYOC)
Cluster TypeServerlessDedicatedDedicatedDedicated
Cloud Provider & RegionGCP ExclusiveAWS, GCP, AzureAWS, GCP, AzureUser's VPC
CU Size Options
Single CU
- Up to 24 CUs. (You can directly create cluster of 24 CUs or less on the web UI. For larger CU sizes, please contact sales.
- Increments: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24
- Up to 256 CUs.(You can directly create cluster of 32 CUs or less on the web UI. For larger CU sizes, please contact sales.
- Increments: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32,...,256 (Notes: When CU size is greater than 8, the increment increase becomes 4 CUs)
Max. Collections2CustomizableCustomizableCustomizable
Private LinkNot AvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable
Cloud BackupNot AvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable
MigrationNot AvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable

Starter plan

  • Ideal for individuals or initial testing phases.

  • Supports up to two collections, maxing at 500,000, 768-dimensional vectors.

  • Free serverless cluster with dynamic resource provisioning.

Standard plan

  • Designed for SMEs or operations not mission-critical, with the flexibility to choose your preferred cloud provider and region.

  • Choice of three types of CUs: Cost-optimized, Capacity-optimized, and Performance-optimized.

  • Supports up to 24 CUs, maxing at 30 million 768-dimensional vectors.

Enterprise plan

  • Crafted for crucial business operations, boasting a 99.9% SLA guarantee.

  • Supports up to 32 CUs per cluster, with scalability options to thousands.

  • Premium features like disaster recovery across multiple availability zones, private links, and automatic backup.

Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC)

  • Deployment within your proprietary VPC.

  • Ideal for heightened security, compliance requirements, or tailored customizations.

  • Available for users operating on a scale of 128 CUs or more.

Visit the Pricing Page or reach out to for more details.

Plan limitations

  • Starter: Limited to one cluster per user on GCP, accommodating up to two collections with basic settings.

  • Standard & Enterprise: Scalability of CUs and collections is defined by the selected plan, with max capacities of 30 million and 300 million 768-dimensional vectors, respectively.

  • Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC): Exclusive to users requiring 128 CUs or more, offering enhanced security and compliance features via private VPC deployment.