LeaseWeb offers you the three industry standard methods to pay for your network use: traffic billing, unmetered (flat fee) or 95th percentile.
Bandwidth: Unmetered (Flat Fee)
With a bandwidth flat fee, your server is connected to a network port with the maximum speed in megabits, preset to the agreed amount, for which you pay a fixed monthly fee, usually included in the server price. The advantage for customers is obvious: there is no limit to the bandwidth traffic. You do not have to worry about any sudden or unexpected bandwidth peaks. You cannot exceed the fixed speed or be charged a bandwidth coverage fee with this billing method, so you have maximum billing security with an unmetered flat rate port providing a guaranteed speed. You should be sure the speed you select meets your requirements, since the server will not be able to exceed the preset speed. LeaseWeb has one of the largest networks in the world and can offer very attractive pricing for high quality flat rate unmetered bandwidth packages for many of our servers.
Bandwidth: 95th Percentile
This burstable tariff gives you the flexibility to economically burst traffic to meet short term demands, without having to commit to this level of usage on a monthly basis, which you may seldom require. In this case, LeaseWeb commits dedicated bandwidth to you: if your traffic goes up, so does the bandwidth we provide you, up to the maximum speed of the dedicated port, which LeaseWeb provisioned for you.
With 95th percentile billing, an international industry standard, bases your bill on peak utilization. LeaseWeb continuously measures your bandwidth usage in real-time (every five minutes) and invoices any overage at the end of the month. However, the top 5% of the bandwidth speed samples are ignored and will not be billed. So you can have short bandwidth bursts of up to 36 hours per month (on average) without surcharges. You can follow your 95th percentile status on your Self Service Console (SSC). The horizontal red line on bandwidth chart shows your current 95th percentile usage for the month.
To use a simple example: if you are a on gigabit port and have a 100Mbps 95th percentile commit, you can burst up to 1Gbps for an average of up to 36 hours (as calculated in 5 minutes samples) without additional charge. If your bandwidth usage is in excess of that 5%, you will pay a one-time fee for that month on the basis of each 1Mb/s you exceed your monthly commit of 100Mbps, based on pre-arranged 95th percentile overage pricing. This overage is billed at the end of each month.
Traffic Billing is very straightforward and the most common method in use at LeaseWeb: you simply pay for each GB of data transfer to and from your server, which exceeds the fixed bandwidth amount included in the monthly server charge. Any bandwidth used above the substantial amounts of traffic included at no extra charge, in all of LeaseWeb’s servers is billed at the end of the month on a per GB basis.