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Unmetered HOSTING, WHAT is it and WHY do you need it?

    In IT jargon unmetered referrers to something that is unmonitored and the usage of the same product / service is not measured. This leads us to unmetered hosting, unmetered hosting means that your hosting or dedicated server have unmetered traffic.

    But unmetered does not mean unlimited, while many hosting companies tend to trick their clients by advertising unlimited services we at BlackHOST want to keep our records straight. Besides obvious hardware limitations such as CPU, RAM, HDD the true limit of the unmetered hosting plans, unmetered VPS services and unmetered Dedicated servers lies in the bandwidth of the service. In this blog post we will cover some basic subjects about trafic and bandwidth so you can better understand the whole unmetered concept.

 

What is the difference between traffic & bandwidth?

    When you buy a server, you can choose specifications relating to the amount of traffic included in the server package. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a dedicated server, VPS or shared hosting. With the number and variety of hosting providers in the market you can always find a provider who gives a clear picture of what to expect in terms of traffic limits, data transfer speed and pricing.

    Traffic or sometimes called data transfer is the volume of data passed between your server and the public web over a certain period usually 1 month.

    Traffic is usually measured in terabytes (TB), So if you see a server whose traffic (meaning traffic limit) is 5TB, that means there’s a limit of 5TB of data that can be passed between your servers and the public web during the month before you start to incur additional fees or your network is limited.  These additional fees or limitations should be published on a provider’s website as well as in the terms of service.

 

    Many hosting providers usually can misplace the true traffic limitations as bandwidth so for example when they say “Bandwidth: 10TB/month” they actually refer that the monthly traffic limit is 10TB.

    Bandwidth is defined as the amount of data that can be transmitted in a fixed amount of time. For digital devices, the bandwidth is usually expressed in bits per second(bps) or bytes per second, while in hosting environments we usually measure it in Megabits per second ( Mbps ) and Gigabits per second ( Gbps ). Hosting bandwidth typically ranges between 10Mbps and 1Gbps, with 100Mbps a common bandwidth for high-performance dedicated servers.

    Bandwidth is sometimes referred to by the size of the port. For example, a dedicated server with a dedicated 100Mbps port affords you 100Mbps bandwidth. In real case usage the actual throughput can be slightly smaller than the actual bandwidth due to hardware limitations, or BGP routing.

 

Why UNMETERED != UNLIMITED

    When you buy unmetered hosting, unmetered VPS or unmetered dedicated servers it’s important to understand that you are not buying unlimited traffic. Traffic is always limited, in practice, by the other factors: time and bandwidth.

Traffic (MB) = Time ( s) * Bandwidth (Mpbs) / 8

    We’ve came up with this formula to better understand the traffic limitations on unmetered hosting services which basically means that the true traffic limit in MB is defined by the bandwidth  consumed in in MB ( 1 MB/s =  8 Mbps ) in a specific time period.

Which leads us to the following monthly limitation table for the unmetered services:

 

Bandwidth

Monthly traffic

10 MBps

~3.3 TB

100 Mbps

~33 TB

1 Gbps

~330 TB

10 Gbps

~3300 TB


* the following traffic rates are for dedicated bandwidth plans

    The monthly traffics shown in this table are actually the theoretical limits for the corresponding bandwidth upstreams, in real usage they might be slightly lower also for achieving the speeds of 1Gbps 10Gbps you will need good server configuration.

 

Why do you need UNMETERED hosting solution?

There are several reasons why having unmetered traffic might be important for you:

  1. Unexpected traffic on your page - sometimes your site might experience global “publicity” which will lead to increased visits / traffic on your site which can really can exhaust your traffic limit very quickly, which will lead to service suspension or at least disruption.  With the unmetered traffic plans your only limit will be on the throughput from your bandwidth which can be very high and won’t lead to service suspension.
  1. DDoS attacks - you can easily become target of some random or intentional DDoS attack, which is also unexpected traffic to your site which again can lead to exhausting your traffic limit. Also having higher bandwidth plan can help you handle most of the DDoS attacks coming your server, so for example if your site usually is consuming 100Mbps traffic and all of sudden you experience some kind of attack from 500Mbps having 1Gbps bandwidth plan will enable you your site to function properly and give you time and liberty to take action against this attacks.
  2. High overusage bills - overusing your traffic limit can sometimes lead you to very high bills at the end of the month with some providers.
  3. Cheaper traffic prices - unmetered traffic plans usually offer lower pricing than the other “dynamic” packages where you can upgrade your monthly traffic limits

 

How to choose what’s best for you?

    First of all you need to understand what are your current needs and what might be your needs in the future, then you should contact your web hosting provider support team and inform better for their products services, ask them about their upstream provider, see where their services are located, check for latency from your client location to their services etc..

    We at BlackHOST are always trying hard to provide as many information as possible about our services on our web also we’re always happy to assist you and answer all your questions you might have about any of our services or products, all you need to do is to contact our support here or you can check out our unmetered shared hosting plans, unmetered VPS hosting plans and our unmetered dedicated servers with speeds up to 10Gbps.