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I need some help sizing up this co-lo provider. I accidentally left a proxy open for three days after deploying a new server. My bandwidth usage for the month ended up being 3.4Mbps at the 95th percentile. The co-location provider is billing me $4,080 for the bandwidth overage. My normal monthly rate is $200 for 1U, 3 IP's, and a monthly transfer of 256kbps @ 95th.
Are these rates reasonable? Not sure what I should do... I'm 18, and paying this just seems unthinkable.
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[edited by: trillianjedi at 11:16 am (utc) on Sep. 14, 2005]
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Security-wise, running the SSH daemon on a different IP to the website IP is a very good idea.
In my opinion, two is a minimum requirement for one website, three is useful.
I have 7 on most of my servers, running various services and websites. A dedicated IP per website is a nice thing to have.
$4,080 for the bandwidth overage
Sounds to me like you really need an uncapped server, unless this wouldn't normally happen other than your mistake(?) of leaving the proxy running?
joined:Aug 17, 2005
I have 7 on most of my servers, running various services and websites. A dedicated IP per website is a nice thing to have."
I'm speechless. My co-location box costs a fortune for really crappy bandwidth, and I have one IP that I use for all services and all my virtual sites...
The large bandwidth use was only a result of my proxy being open for three days. My normal usage is typically idle.
If you're saying that you sustained 3.4 megabits per second for 3 days straight, I believe that comes out to 110 gigs, and that would be about $37/gig, which is expensive for a US host. I think mine is $5/gig over the limit of 50 gigs. But 110 gigs is a huge amount of data.
If we were charging you it would be about a tenth of that if it even got noticed. Mind you, the base monthly would run you 500 or so to begin with at 1mbps sustained non-throttled.
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[edited by: trillianjedi at 11:02 am (utc) on Sep. 17, 2005]
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check your service agreement, if you used it and they laid out a cost, you're on the hook.
>> and paying this just seems unthinkable
unfortunately, if you left something open/running and they can prove it you have to pay the bill.
Let's face it, you are 18. Taking an 18 year old to court for money is near fruitless as you probably have no assets and no or low paying job (I could be wrong, but typically). They could technically get the money from you but it could be over a decade's time that the court forces you to pay. A blemish on a credit report probably also has no meaning for you as I doubt that you are looking to buy a house anytime soon and would probably need a co-signer on a car loan anyway.
Try calling them and seeing if you can work out a deal.
We worked out a deal where they waved it entirely and we expanded our rack space..