The primary factor for determining the Orca Security Platform cost is the **average** number of compute instances scanned by Orca. While Orca provides cloud-wide security and compliance for compute and non-compute assets, the only input used for pricing is the number of compute instances scanned.

- What is considered a compute instance?
- How does Orca calculate the average?
- Benefits of the pricing model
- Where can customers purchase an Orca license?

## What is considered a compute instance?

Amazon Web Services | EC2, RDS, Redshift |
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Microsoft Azure | Azure VMs and the members of VM Scale Sets |

Google Cloud Platform | GCE |

For billing purposes, usage of these services directly or indirectly is counted. For example, an AWS EKS cluster that launches 10 EC2 will count as 10 compute instances.

## How does Orca calculate the average?

Orca's annual subscription price is based upon the annual high-water mark of the average daily-number of compute instances per month.

In other words, we count the average number of unique daily compute instances every month. So if there are 100 instances for 29 days and 1000 instances on one day, then the average will be ((100*29)+(1000*1))/30=130 instances.

This approach evens out any discrete increases in instances through auto-scaling and ephemeral workloads.

## Benefits of the pricing model

The Orca Security pricing model is simple and cost-effective. Customers aren't penalized by dividing their environments into microservices or into multiple subscriptions. Calculations rely on average support peaks and ephemeral workloads without a substantial cost increase.

## Where can customers purchase an Orca license?

Customers can purchase subscription licenses directly through Orca, through our Channel Partners, or through the AWS/GCP Marketplaces.

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