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    Question Bandwidth to user ratio?

    Hey all...

    I was wondering, do you use some kind of ratio for bandwidth to users?

    For example, a dial-up provider might have 10 users to every 1 modem, because they will all not be using it at the same time.

    Is there a comparable best-practice ratio for selling bandwidth as a hosting provider?? What would be consider "over-sold" knowing that "all" your users won't be using "all" of their bandwidth "all" the time?

    Thanks for any insights!

    Last edited by machineman; 08-26-2002 at 11:11 PM.

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    good question....
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    This depends a lot on who you target as a customer.

    For instance, if you go for the bandwidth hungry customers, you'll chew through a ton of bandwidth and get very little money out of it.

    On the other hand, if you go for someone looking to setup an e-commerce oriented site (an online store, etc.), you will use much less bandwidth and have considerably higher revenues.

    Our customers are primarily running e-commerce sites. On average, they use between 2Kbits/sec and 5Kbits/sec each during our peak hours.

    Of course, some are using none and about 5% of the sites account for 90% of the bandwidth usage. This is pretty normal.

    But, we're not using Cogent bandwidth, nor are we trying to attract any customers that are looking for dirt cheap bandwidth.

    A good place to start if you've got a single server is 1.5Mbits/sec. Then load up the server and watch your bandwidth usage.

    If you suddenly get a bunch of usage, its most likely a download mirror, porn site, or warez site. With a good TOS and well designed plans, you'll be able to get your usage back under control easily.

    Over time, you'll develop your own averages that you can use for planning.
    Andrew Kinney
    CTO, Advantagecom Networks

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