When setting up a new server for your business or next project, you must first determine what your network and bandwidth requirements for the server will be. This is an important decision because choosing the wrong bandwidth options may have costly consequences.
Metered vs Unmetered Bandwidth
There are two common data allocation strategies for server hosting plans: those that allocate by traffic or by bandwidth, also known as metered and unmetered plans.
You have access to 20TB of traffic on a 1Gbps connection.
You have access to an unmetered amount of traffic on a 1Gbps connection. You can use as much or as little traffic as needed to accomplish your server goals.
Traffic is a measure of how much data a hosting client can use. Server hosting providers who limit data by traffic usually express this as the amount of data which can be transferred per month — 20 Terabytes per month, for example.
Bandwidth is the speed at which data can be transferred to and from a server. A server hosting provider that allocates by bandwidth might advertise accounts with 1Gbps bandwidth. That means you can transfer a maximum of 125 MB each second, but there is no limit to how much data you can transfer in a month.
Plans that are limited by bandwidth and not by traffic — also called unmetered plans — do have an upper limit on the amount of data they can transfer in a given period. It’s the amount of data the connection can transfer in a second multiplied by the number of seconds in that period. A 1Gbps connection for instance can transfer roughly 324TB in a month. But there is a big difference in the way metered and unmetered plans are paid for.
With a metered hosting plan, clients can use up to their traffic allocation, and if they consume more bandwidth, they will be charged a set rate for each additional gigabyte or terabyte. Standard ServerMania dedicated server plans include 20 TB of traffic with a maximum bandwidth of 1 Gbps. That’s more than enough for most business websites, publishing sites, and small ecommerce stores. But what happens when 20 TB isn’t enough?
When Unmetered Bandwidth May Be the Right Option
Consider a media company that serves videos or a large game hosting provider. They will burn through their 20 TB allocation and start racking up excess charges for the additional data they use. For server hosting clients that frequently need to transfer huge amounts of data, unmetered plans are more cost-effective. They can move as much data as they need to without worrying about incurring additional charges. The only limit is the bandwidth capability of their network connection.
Metered connections are the right choice for moderately sized ecommerce and business sites, publishers, web applications.
Server hosting clients that could benefit from unmetered plans include:
Game hosts that need to support lots of concurrent games at low latencies.
Media businesses that stream video and audio to large audiences.
News media sites, blogs, and ecommerce stores with a substantial volume of daily visits.
Businesses that use their servers to store and distribute large amounts of data.
ServerMania’s server hosting plans are designed to give our clients the most cost-effective infrastructure solutions, which is why provide a range of metered and unmetered bandwidth options.
To learn more about our range of dedicated and hybrid hosting solutions, book a free consultation today to get started.