As of September 2013, a sub-set of customer accounts were not being billed for actual usage in comparison to their pre-selected MSSQL storage allocations. As a result, some accounts have been identified as consuming MSSQL usage over their pre-selected allocations. Those accounts were not being billed for overages.
Due to the disparity between actual usage and pre-selected allocations, Rackspace Cloud Sites will capture and invoice for actual MSSQL usage starting in October 2013.
Customers who have actual usage exceeding their pre-selected allocations in the control panel will likely see increased charges.
If a customer utilizes 241 MB for MSSQL storage, the invoice will show their MSSQL usage fee total as $15. Since we bill in 100 MB increments, 241 MB of MSSQL storage would result in a fee for 300 MB of MSSQL storage.
No, customers will not be retroactively billed for past usage on MSSQL overages.
We are providing a 30 day advance notice of this change to remain within our terms of service. Our billing system will start collecting and including the MSSQL storage amount in the customer billing cycle after that 30 day period.
Customers can optimize or reduce the size of tables, clear out redundant entries, remove empty tables, or remove any unnecessary whitespace from data.
Customers using MSSQL Server Management Tools 2012 or MyLittleAdmin can shrink their databases from within those applications.
Discussing your database requirements with a Technical Account Manager may also help determine options within the Rackspace portfolio. For example, a customer may decide to spin up a Cloud Server with MSSQL installed, using either the Web or Standard versions.
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