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Cloudera pricing & licensing updates

Latest update: October 2020

Our pricing and licensing have undergone changes as we have aligned legacy Hortonworks and Cloudera offerings and established new CDP offerings. Here is a summary of some of the significant changes and rationale.


Open source policy

Cloudera adopted a revised enterprise open source policy modeled after that of Red Hat. This was initially detailed in a blog post in July 2019. We continue to execute on that strategy.

Subscription for binary access

A key part of adopting the Red Hat model was that access to enterprise software binaries requires an active subscription. All Cloudera software version releases, maintenance and security releases, and new product releases require a subscription effective November 2019. This change was shared in the July 2019 open source policy blog.

Node counting

Pre-merger HDP and CDH node counts were determined quite differently, with many special exceptions and exclusions. We decided to simplify this and simply require a subscription for every node that runs Cloudera software. This change will be phased in as customers move to CDP. The updated definitions are included in the licensed metrics section.

What’s included in a subscription

World-class technical support, for a start. More importantly, access to an enterprise data platform, built from 50+ open source software projects, that is integrated, tested, optimized, and hardened for enterprise scale, security, and reliability. In addition to support and binary access, a subscription entitles a customer to entitlements for version upgrades, maintenance releases, bug fixes, and security patches. And, of course, access to the source code used to build the enterprise data platform software.


2019 HDP and CDH pricing changes

Pre-merger (January 2019), list pricing for HDP and CDH pricing was significantly different. We normalized that by aligning list pricing at the CDH level, at the time $10,000 per node. Existing pricing commitments were honored, only the list price changed.

CDP pricing

When we announced CDP in September 2019, we also announced new cloud-based pricing for both CDP Public Cloud services and the new CDP Private Cloud software. Pricing for both is compute-based, the industry standard for cloud data management and analytics.

CDP Private Cloud Base Edition pricing

Since its inception, Cloudera has offered a flat node-based pricing model. As server density has increased significantly over time, that model no longer reflects the usage of our software. Two customers may be paying the same subscription fees, but the customer with higher density nodes could be deriving a much higher benefit from the platform. The new pricing model aligns cost, usage, and value. This blended pricing model was introduced in November 2019 for CDP Data Center (renamed to CDP Private Cloud Base Edition), as well as existing data platforms HDP Enterprise Plus (HDPE+) and Enterprise Data Hub (EDH), effective February 2020.

How does “variable pricing” work?

Variable pricing is the term given for the variable compute and storage pricing component described above. It is variable (compute and storage) as opposed to the fixed node-based pricing component ($10,000 per node). Variable applies to HDPE+, EDH, and CDP Private Cloud Base Edition (previously named CDP Data Center).

The variable compute and storage uplift is determined by comparing the amount of compute and storage in a customer’s environment to a baseline compute and storage cap of 16 physical cores, 128GB RAM, and 48TB of addressable storage per node, pooled across an entire cluster or environment. This means that, if your server estate on average is at or below this baseline, there will be no uplift to your pricing. If your server estate is above this baseline on average, your subscription list price will increase.

What are the variable compute and storage prices?

The variable compute and storage uplift is determined by comparing the amount of compute and storage in your environment to a baseline compute and storage cap of 16 physical cores, 128GB RAM, and 48TB of addressable storage per node pooled across an entire cluster or environment. There are calculators on our pricing page that help illustrate how this list pricing is determined.

CDP Public Cloud pricing

Each CDP service—currently Data Engineering, Data Warehouse, Machine Learning, and Data Hub—has discrete rates ($0.XX/hr) for the instance types supported by each service. Pricing is per instance per hour. As you use services you are charged for the services that you use. Please see the rate tables and terms on the pricing page for more details.

Buying CDP Public Cloud

There are two ways to buy—Pay-as-You-Go and Cloud Credits. With either option you can use any CDP service at any time. You do not commit to a specific “SKU” or set of SKUs. You have total flexibility on using any CDP service. With the Pay-as-You-Go option, you are billed monthly based on what you use. You pay the published rates. With Cloud Credits, you buy an amount of Credits that you use over a 12-month period. The amount of Credits purchased determines your rate, discounted off the published rates. Any credits not used at that end of the 12-month period are forfeited. Please see the rate tables and terms on the pricing page for more details.

CDP Private Cloud Pricing

CDP Private Cloud annual subscriptions are offered for Base Edition and Plus Edition.

CDP Private Cloud Base Edition pricing

The Base Edition is the base cluster software formerly known as CDP Data Center. It includes the new Cloudera Runtime, SDX security and governance, and Storage Management for traditional big data cluster management and analytics. List pricing is $10,000 per node, plus variable compute and storage—$75 per Cloudera Compute Unit (1 physical core & 8GB RAM) and $25/TB addressed storage OVER 16 cores, 128GB, and 48TB per server, averaged or pooled across clusters or environments. Pricing is identical to what was introduced with CDP Data Center in the fall of 2019.

CDP Private Cloud Plus Edition pricing

CDP Private Cloud Plus Edition includes Base Edition and adds the container-based analytic experiences—Machine Learning and Data Warehouse today—and management tools. Pricing is compute- and storage-based, industry standard for cloud—$400 per Cloudera Compute Unit (1 physical core and 8GB RAM) and $25/TB addressed storage. A subscription is required for both container-based compute and bare-metal compute and addressed storage at the $400 per compute and $25 per TB addressed storage rate.

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