silas
September 29, 2023, 9:08pm
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Hello, I’m trying to better understand Pinecone pricing using the Price Estimator.

Scenario 1:

Standard plan on GCP
p1 pod type
x2 pod size
2 pods
1 replica
Estimate: $277/mo
At p1-x2 pricing of $0.1920/hour, this seems to imply that only 2 pods were used to calculate: `$0.1920/hr x 720 hr/mo x 2 pods == $277/mo`

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But I would have expected 3 pods (2 pods + 1 replica), for a cost of $415/mo .

Question: Is the first replica being included for free?

Scenario 2:
And then if I increase the replicas to 2 and keep everything the same, the price jumps to $553/mo .

Standard plan on GCP
p1 pod type
x2 pod size
2 pods
2 replicas
Estimate: $553/mo
Which implies the pricing is based on 4 pods (as would be expected): `$0.1920/hr x 720 hr/mo x 4 pods == $553/mo`

Question: But in this case, is the first replica no longer being included for free?

Thanks for your help!

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Hi @silas ,

The replica count is a bit of a misnomer. When replicas == 1, it just means there’s only a single cluster of pods running your index. Each replica greater than 1 means an additional cluster of equal pods has been added. You can think of replicas as indexed at ordinal 1 and not 0.

So 2 p1.x2 pods with a single replica is a total of 2 x2 pods. 2 p1.x2 pods with two replicas is 4 x2 pods.

I hope this clears up the confusion.

silas
September 29, 2023, 10:46pm
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Thanks! Just to confirm with a few more examples, are all of these correct?

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silas
September 29, 2023, 11:09pm
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Based on this, I’d suggest a couple of wording updates to your pricing page and documentation.

I think it would be better to refer to clusters more prominently/specifically, e.g. “replicas clusters” vs just “replicas”.

Hope this helps.

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Your understanding in the graphic is spot on. And your wording suggestion is a good one, I’ll pass that along to our marketing team. Thanks!

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