Question About "Burstable Internet"
I work for a company of about 30 people. We currently have a Time Warner Business Cable modem with 5Mbps DOWN and 1.5Mbps UP. We've had some other stuff over the years, a T1 at one point, and an SHDSL line, and all of them were sold to us the same simple way (with a cap UP and a cap DOWN).
We are exploring moving into a new space, and they say they have a "45Mbps Burstable Internet Connection".
You need to commit to a minimum amount each month, (i.e. 3Mbps, 2Mbps, etc etc), and for every 1Mbps over they charge you an overage fee. They say they use the "95th Percentile Method" to calculate usage.
How am I supposed to determine how much bandwidth we currently use in a month (our firewall has nothing to help w/ this). Also, how much bandwidth should I buy as a minimum if we go this route? We mainly do web surfing, email, GoToMyPc, and VPN for about 10 of the 30 people.
This seems like a complicated way to bill for internet access. Why the heck can't hey just cap it like most of the ISPs out there....
Sorry for the rant....any help / input would be appreciated. Thanks!
SteveI know your IP addressConsultant
Yorba Linda, CA
95th percentile billing is how all large-scale bandwidth is sold, and there is no automatic transformation from a cap to a 95/5 - it depends on how the bandwidth is used.
If you can, start measuring your current bandwidth now (anything that samples every 5 minutes) so you can get a feel for what you're using over time. This will help you figure out what you should buy.
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