The Free plan includes 10 starter devices. Starter devices are any devices created within a default starter fleet. Starter fleets are your playground to experiment with the full balena feature set.
These fleets have exactly the same feature set as the microservices ones, and starter devices will behave just like microservices devices. The only limit on the starter fleet is device count. You can have a maximum of 10 total devices shared across all the starter fleets you create. To learn more, please see balena.io/docs/learn/manage/app-types.
Microservices devices are any devices created within a microservices fleet. A device within a microservices fleet is capable of running multiple containers, enabling you to run a microservices architecture on your devices. This type of device also exposes an optional internet-accessible device URL. The microservices fleet type is what we recommend for most users and gives you the full power of container technology at the edge.
Essentials devices are any devices created within an essentials fleet. A device within an essentials fleet is limited to a single container and doesn’t have access to the device URL functionality. The essentials fleet type is recommended for users looking for a more traditional over-the-air update solution, and for those who do not run a microservices architecture.To learn more, please see balena.io/docs/learn/manage/app-types.
The Prototype plan includes 20 devices and the Pilot plan includes 50 devices. These included devices can be either microservices devices, essentials devices, or a mix of both. It’s up to you and depends on what type of fleets(s) you choose to create.
For example, if you are on a Prototype plan, you could have one essentials fleet with 10 devices and one microservices fleet with another 10 devices; or one essentials fleet with 20 devices; one microservices fleet with 20 devices; etc. These are in addition to your 10 free full-featured devices.