95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing Explained

95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing: What Is It, How Is It Calculated And Why Is It Beneficial For you?

Consumers usually have second thoughts regarding the 95th Percentile Bandwidth billing. Unfortunately, many people, precisely, potential customers out there have no idea about what 95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing actually is. They don’t know the way how it works, thus, they are not able to cash upon its advantages.

Actually, it is an extensive billing method. This is the reason why it is absolutely essential to know what it is and understand its functioning. To curb the existence of these cases, in this post, we will discuss all the important aspects regarding it so prospective QuadraNet colocation customers can decide whether to opt for 95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing or flat rate transfer.

What is 95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing?

95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing is not as much convoluted as what people think it is. In simple terms, 95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing is used to meter the bandwidth usage that lets a customer go beyond the committed base rate and still allows them to scale their billing with the cost of infrastructure and transit commits.

Calculating 95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing

As now you know what 95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing is, you should also understand the way how we calculate it. We consider a lot of things in our account with the calculation part. In the next context, we’ll try to explain the procedure to you in simple steps.

Before we go ahead with the calculation part, you should know that 95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing depends on the colocation server package that you have ordered. You can initially choose from either a 100Mbps or 1000Mbps connectivity uplink port. The uplink port is the network speed your network will be allowed to burst up to. A majority of users are familiar with the process of paying on a per-unit basis, but that system does not go well with 95th Percentile rates. It follows a different standard procedure. The method is comparatively more advantageous for the users of QuadraNet Colocation services.

Since GB usage billing is based on total transfer during the month, if you choose the 95th percentile billing, then you’ll be able to avail various benefits as bandwidth is tracked at peak utilization by 95th percentile standard, ignoring the top 5% for the purpose of billing.

With 95th percentile billing, we’ll check your server’s usage with our bandwidth system frequently at the connectivity uplink port. It will collect that data as a ‘sample’. For next usage calculation, the collected sample is then stored in a database. All the samples that have been taken from the network switch port are then added to give out the 5-minute sampling totals. The totals are translated into kilobytes and then to megabytes from bytes (provided by the network) for a better and accurate understanding of the figure. After the translation or conversion has been done, the figure is divided by the total number of seconds that have been passed in the time to gather the sample for the purpose of finding the total amount of bandwidth that has entered and left your server during the time period.

Hereafter, values from the corresponding samples are then stored in a database whereas values from corresponding samples are stored and plotted on a graph. At the end of each month, the sampled throughput values are sorted from highest to lowest, and the top 5% of the readings are taken out to obtain ‘95th Percentile Usage Reading’.

How can 95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing Be More Beneficial For QuadraNet Clients?

95th Percentile Bandwidth Billing vs Flat Rate Transfer

Here are a few advantages of 95th Percentile over flat rate transfer:

  • Sustained customers are billed less than bursty customers for the same amount of data as the impact of bursty traffic is more and comparatively harder to plan in contrast to sustained traffic.
  • In addition to the previously mentioned benefits, we should note that 95th Percentile is an industry standard when it comes to calculating bandwidth usage.

GB Measurement

1Mbps is equivalent to ~325GB of sustained usage over a 30 day period. Some other examples:

10,000 GB (10TB) = ~30Mbps
20,000 GB (20TB) = ~60Mbps
100,000GB (100TB) = ~300Mbps

The 95th percentile method offers the perfect balance of cost, scalability, stability for both the customer and the carrier. In comparison to other methods of calculating bandwidth, it apparently works out to be better, and it is considered an industry standard in the colocation space. QuadraNet colocation customers can choose the 95th percentile billing or flat rate transfer. Contact us today to customize your colocation plan with the amount of bandwidth you need!