What is 95th Percentile billing?
The term “95th percentile billing” is often heard when an Internet connection is provided as variable rate bandwidth billed in accordance to demand rather than restrictions. These rate plans are synonymously used within colocation facilities, dedicated server providers, and large ISPs across the globe. This method of bandwidth metering, allows VOLICO clients to enjoy a non-blocking, non-restrictive, burstable service across an ever growing and transparent internet demand.
How is 95th Percentile Measured?
95th Percentile is measured by the quantity of data transferred across a customer’s network port(s). Over the course of a customer’s monthly billing cycle, a group of eight thousand (8000) five (5) minute samples are recorded into a SQL database. These values are then sorted and ranked lowest to highest. The highest 5% ranked samples represent bursts of traffic that are discarded and not used. Once the top 5% of samples are discarded, the next highest sample is considered the 95th percentile sample rate. This sample represents a data rate that encompass 95% of the client’s traffic across the sample group.
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