Customers often ask us if they can pause or permanently stop their MongoDB cluster.
Pause Your Cluster
You can pause an M10+ cluster at any time and pay a greatly reduced rate while keeping the instances in a stopped state. Storage and connection string details are preserved while the cluster is in a paused state. In case you forget to restart the cluster, it will auto-resume in 7 days. Things to note:
You cannot modify a paused cluster
You cannot read or write to a paused cluster
Any configured alerts will not be triggered
Ongoing backups will be stopped, but your older snapshots will be retained
Terminate a Cluster
Otherwise, your Atlas cluster can be terminated - when the cluster is terminated, all data and all backup files for that cluster are deleted. If you require a copy of your data, you should download the file before terminating the cluster!
Read more in our documentation about pausing your cluster here.