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Re: 95th Percentile again (was RE: C&W Peering Problem?)

  • From: Alex Rubenstein
  • Date: Sat Jun 02 20:22:41 2001



I believe, as well, that 95th %tile billing is quite dumb, and there are
better measurements (gigs, average (which, remember is not 50th %tile)),
and there are no measurements at all ($x for y mb/s, whether you use it or
not).

Then again, VHS beat out BetaMax.



-- Alex Rubenstein, AR97, K2AHR, alex@nac.net, latency, Al Reuben --
--    Net Access Corporation, 800-NET-ME-36, http://www.nac.net   --


On Sat, 2 Jun 2001, E.B. Dreger wrote:

>
> > Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001 17:28:52 -0400
> > From: Timothy Brown <tcb@ga.prestige.net>
> >
> > As an interesting aside to this discussion, Digital Island bills for
> > total traffic transmitted per month (in GB increments).   Does anyone
> > using them have any comments on this approach besides the obvious?  Does
> > anyone else do a similar deal?
>
> I only care to mention the obvious... this is essentially the same type of
> billing as average-use total traffic billing.  Total traffic in + out,
> just not divided by number of days in a month. :-)
>
> I can't recall names, but I believe that several colo shops (space +
> bandwidth, not carrier-neutral, a la Exodus) do this.
>
> IMHO, 95th percentile has its drawbacks.  Sure, one can charge more for
> "peaky" customers than with average-use billing, but that can backfire in
> extreme cases:  Recall when the Starr Report was released... 5% of a month
> is 1.5 days, so the heavy traffic during that time was simply "above the
> cutoff".
>
>
> Eddy
>
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