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Cloudera pricing & licensing updates

Latest update: September 2021

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 and updated in February 2020. 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

Prior to the merger of Hortonworks and Cloudera in January 2019, HDP and CDH node counts were determined quite differently, with many special exceptions and exclusions. We decided to streamline this and simply require a subscription for every node that runs Cloudera software. This change will be phased in as customers move to Cloudera Data Platform (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 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


CDP pricing

When CDP was announced 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 pricing overview

Since its inception, Cloudera has offered a flat node-based pricing model, regardless of specification. As compute density has increased significantly over time, that model no longer reflected 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 resultant pricing structure aligns cost, usage, and value. This blended pricing model was first introduced in November 2019 for CDP Data Center (which was subsequently 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. In August 2021 we introduced a new pricing metric called Cloudera GPU Unit (CGU). This new metric does not apply to HDP Enterprise Plus (HDPE+) and Enterprise Data Hub (EDH).

How does “variable pricing” work?

Variable pricing as opposed to fixed node-based pricing takes into account the compute as well as storage capabilities for individual nodes. Variable applies to HDPE+, EDH, and CDP Private Cloud Base Edition (previously named CDP Data Center).

Licensing for an individual node is determined by measuring compute (Cloudera Compute Unit or CCU) and storage metrics and comparing those 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 be higher than the list price base licensing cost.

How does “CGU” pricing work?

This new pricing metric introduced in August 2021 called Cloudera GPU Unit (CGU) is determined by the type and amount of GPU cards deployed on the server estate. Please refer to the CGU tables for more information. 

CGU only applies to CDP Private Cloud Base Edition, CDP Private Cloud Plus Edition and Cloudera Data Science Workbench.

CDP Private Cloud Base Edition pricing

The Base Edition is the base cluster software formerly known as CDP Data Center. It includes the latest Cloudera Runtime, SDX security and governance, and Storage Management for traditional big data cluster management and analytics. 

Licensing cost per node is made up of the following components (averaged or pooled across clusters or environments):

  • $10,000 per node for up to 16 Core, 128 GB RAM and 48TB of Storage

  • $75 per CCU for each additional CCU per node

  • $25 per TB for each additional TB per node

  • $7,500 per CGU

CDP Private Cloud Plus Edition pricing

CDP Private Cloud Plus Edition includes Base Edition and adds container-based analytic experiences—Machine Learning and Data Warehouse today with Data Engineering soon to follow—and management tools. 

Licensing cost is made up of the following component:

  • $400 per CCU (1 physical core and 8GB RAM)

  • $25 per TB

  • $7,500 per CGU

 A subscription is required for both container-based nodes and bare-metal nodes.

CDP Public Cloud pricing

Each CDP service—currently Data Engineering, DataFlow, Data Hub, Data Warehouse, Flow Management on Data Hub, Machine Learning, and Operational Database—has discrete rates ($0.XX/hr) for the instance or node types supported by each service. Pricing is “per instance per hour” or “per node per hour” based on the type of service. 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.

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.

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