If you are thinking of buying dedicated servers, understand its bandwidth features to make sure you get the right services. Get a clarity from the providers for what are their offerings in terms of data transfer speed, traffic limits etc. Businesses are offered bandwidth in kbps and mbps depending upon their traffic and speed requirements. Few enterprises that have heavy website content like large images, live videos etc. may even require bandwidth in gbps.

Factors to Consider:
Server Traffic: The amount of data transfer between your server and the public web in a specified time period is your server Traffic. It can be measured as inbound or outbound traffic wherein outbound means the traffic from website to public web such as information on the web page. Whereas if people upload data through your website to the web server database it is the inbound traffic. Traffic is denoted in bytes and usually server traffic occurs in terabytes. Servers have traffic limit, say a server has traffic limit of 50TB- it means only 50TB of data can pass between your servers and the public web monthly. For additional traffic limit extra charges will be levied. Check for the traffic limit from the dedicated server providers.

Data Transfer Speed: More than often, website traffic is used interchangeably for data transfer speed, i.e. bandwidth, which is not true. Bandwidth is the rate of speed at which the data is transferred between servers and the public web.

Unmetered Bandwidth: Some users even confuse unmetered hosting to be unlimited traffic which is again not correct. When you are going for unmetered bandwidth for dedicated servers, you must look for the larger port size as it will enable you to use more bandwidth. Port speed controls the amount of data to be transferred per second. For instance 10Mbps would mean 3200GB of unlimited data transfer per month.

It will become easier for you to understand what you need in terms of bandwidth, speed and traffic, when you actually know what your requirements are. Explain your requirements to the dedicated server providers in detail to avail the right solution. Be informed and question your providers whenever in doubt.

Before you put your money, get an understanding of what are you being offered for the price you would pay. Summarizing this, below are few quick takeaway pointers from this article:

Assess your requirements
Clearly define your requirements to the dedicated server host.
Do a little homework and collect the relevant information. It will save you from being fooled in the talks and you will be able to enquire better.
Enquire about port speed as it is important in unmetered dedicated hosting.

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