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Re: Definition of a burstable circuit

  • From: Andy Dills
  • Date: Wed Aug 22 13:42:47 2001

On Wed, 22 Aug 2001, Stanley, Jon wrote:

> Without getting into a religious debate, I need some consensus for a
> problem that I am having regarding the definition of a burstable
> circuit.
> In my view of the world, a burstable circuit is defined as one where
> the customer can send us as much data as they would like (for example,
> an entire DS3's worth on a consistent basis), and we would bill them
> for usage above the contracted amount via some method (we use 90th
> percentile reporting)
> In someone else's view inside the company, the customer should be
> prohibited from sending above the contracted rate for any extended
> period of time by policing at the ATM layer.  Both views are viable,
> but I believe (nearly religously) that the former view is correct.
> Any input would be appreciated.

To me, what you view as "burstable" means "metered".

IMHO, "burstable" means you are gauranteed X bandwidth, and you can burst
up to Y, but only if network conditions allow.


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