F5 DNS Load Balancer Cloud Service Pricing

F5 DNS Load Balancer Service offerings are charged monthly in arrears for services consumed. We keep track of usage and bill only for resources used.

A Free Tier is applied to all users but is most useful to those who wish to try the service without incurring any charges. If usage is kept below the tier thresholds, no charges will be billed. Any usage beyond the free tier is charged at the normal rates. The free tier allows for:

  • One free Load Balanced Record (LBR) per month.
  • First 3 million queries per month are free.
  • First 10 standard health checks are free. These may span LBRs or service instances.

Beyond the Free Tier, the DNS Load Balancer Cloud Service is priced based on three metrics:

  • Number of configurations (LBRs)
  • Number of queries
  • Number and type of health checks

Number of Configurations

The number of configurations is charged hourly and is based on the largest number of LBRs which persisted for the complete hour billing interval.  Configurations created and destroyed within the same hour interval are not counted.

The hourly charge per LBR is:

LBR Free Tier One free LBR per month
Charge Per Config/LBR $0.013 per hour

Proration: No proration necessary, as hourly usage data will be sent.


Number of Queries

The query volume is charged monthly and is based on the total number of DNS queries made against a given LBR during the month in increments of 1 million (rounded up to the nearest million). The charge is tiered such that the more queries you receive, the lower the cost per query. Once you exceed a given tier, the very next query and subsequent queries are charged at the rate for the next tier. The tiers are as follows:

Free Tier First 3 million queries per month
Query Tier 1 $0.50 per million queries, up to 1 billion queries
Query Tier 2 $0.25 per million queries - Over 1 billion

Number and Type of Health Check

Health Checks/Monitor charges are billed monthly and are based on the number and types of health checks on configurations that persisted for the complete hour billing interval. This charge is applied every time a check is made against an IP endpoint. Configurations created and destroyed in less than a one-hour period are not counted. Only unique monitor/IP endpoint combinations are billed (e.g. identical monitors/IP endpoint combinations that appear in multiple services/pools are only executed and charged once). Health check pricing is as follows:

Free Tier First 10 standard health checks per month
Standard Check $0.73 per endpoint monthly
Advanced Check $2.19 per endpoint monthly

Additional details:

Health Check Type Changes: If a health check/IP endpoint configuration is changed during a billing cycle between a standard and advanced types, charges will prorated and billed accordingly.

Health Check Deletion/Restoration: If a health check/IP endpoint configuration is deleted and/or restored during a billing cycle, charges will be prorated and bills accordingly.


Pricing Examples

Example 1: This pricing example is for a customer with 200 configurations, 400 basic health checks, 50 advanced health checks, receiving a total of 50 million queries per month.

Item Rate Total
1 config $0 (Free Tier) $0
199 configs $0.013/hr (*730 hrs/mo) $1,888.51
3 M queries $0 (Free Tier) $0
47 M queries $0.50 (Query Tier 1) $23.50
10 Std HC $0 (Free Tier) $0
390 Std HC $0.73 $284.70
50 Adv HC $2.11 $105.50
Monthly Total $2,302.21

Example 2: This pricing example is for a customer with 10 configs, 20 advanced health checks, receiving a total of 1.235 billion queries per month.

Item Rate Total
1 config $0 (Free Tier) $0
9 configs $0.013/hr (*730 hrs/mo) $85.41
3 M queries $0 (Free Tier) $0
1 B queries $0.50 (Query Tier 1) $500
232 M queries $0.25 (Query Tier 1) $58
20 Adv HC $2.11 $42.20
Monthly Total $685.61

Note: The above pricing does not include taxes.