Marlon K. Schafer (509) 982-2181 wrote:

>>> First, I have to figure out how many kbps a gig of download would be.
>>> Specifically, I've got a couple of customers doing 50 gigs per month.
>>> How many kbps does it take to generate that?
>> Assuming a month is 30 days (nice round number), 50GB/month is about
>> 161kbps, all the time. That's the equivalent of, say, leaving a
>> high-quality streaming radio station running, or a low-quality video
>> feed like
> OK, so, when I pay $250 per mbps that works out to how many $ per month?

Fake answer: Too many, you're getting robbed by your upstream. :)

Serious answer: 1Mbps constant is about 316.4GB over 30 days.

> Now, lets look at this from a pragmatic standpoint.  Reality rearing
> it's ugly head into the average business model.....

Dude, I just run the NOC, I don't know nothin' 'bout no numbers. :D

> So, Mr. Allergic, how do you suggest a guy stay in business?????

Y'know, my fake answer suddenly looks a lot better. :)

In all seriousness, if you've got more than four or five T1s, you may
want to look into a DS3. At least locally, once you get past there, a
fractional (or even a full) DS3 becomes more cost-effective. If you
expect to be in business for another three or five years (and who
doesn't?) signing a long-term contract with your upstream can bring the
price down even further.

Even if you don't need all that bandwidth now, you'll probably need it
in the next couple years. If you're really ambitious, you can use some
of that extra bandwidth and expand into other computer-y stuff (virtual
servers, colocation, Web hosting, whatever). The typical residential or
small-business user pulls a lot more download than upload; you might as
well use all that extra upload capacity for something.

David Smith
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