The meaning of "unmetered" network | Will the LSCache plugin work with Cloudflare cache/proxy? | News from around the hosting industry

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Subject: The meaning of "unmetered" network | Will the LSCache plugin work with Cloudflare cache/proxy? | News from around the hosting industry
Date: May 31st 2023

May 31st 2023

The meaning of "unmetered" network

Zoner would like to know what it means when a provider says "10GBe unmetered", or whatever the bandwidth limit might be. What does it mean to the provider, and what does it mean to the customer? He suggests that it could mean that the provider will place usage limits somewhere in the fine print of their terms and conditions opr acceptable use policy, or it could mean that the provider will provide "as is" networking which might potentially be over subscribed or too saturated at different times of the day or week to provide quality bandwidth. What does quality bandwidth actually mean to you? To Zoner it means that he can actually use the bandwidth he requires without added latency, be it for a single stream or his aggregate streams. He goes on to ask how he should monitor these latencies in order to figure out at which point, and when exactly, his "unmetered" connection is actually choked and or overloaded/oversubscribed? There's several questions posed here and he's looking for any input, tools or know-how/experience from our members.

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Will the LSCache plugin work with Cloudflare cache/proxy?

It's a quick question posed by Haviv that leads to some saying how they have the combination of LSCache and Cloudflare's caching working fine, some questioning why you would want both, and others explaining how to get the combination working and what to watch out for. Is this something that you use or would try, or are there alternative caching mechanisms and combinations out there that would do a better job? What sort of traffic levels can this setup handle? Do we need to be cautious about resource usage? Are there other features in Cloudflare that might conflict? Share your expertise in the thread.

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News from around the hosting industry

Our Industry News section is the place to find current headlines from around the world of hosting and infrastructure, but other general interest threads pop up in other sections of the forum, especially The Lounge. Here we we highlight just some of the interesting news items from around the forum:

  • Cologix building another data center in Montreal - Expanding on its existing data center footprint in Montreal they have announced construction of their latest Scalelogix facility, Montreal MTL8 data center. Expected to be completed by the middle of next year, the facility is planned to be 205,000 square feet and 21 megawatts of power and will represent one of Cologix's greenest and most sustainably designed data centers to date. With dark fiber connectivity, Cologix's 11 Montreal data centers are linked across the greater Montreal Metropolitan area with direct access to the primary carrier hotel in the region. MTL8 is one of three new Scalelogix facilities that Cologix is currently developing in the U.S. and Canada, including Ashburn, Virginia and Columbus, Ohio.
  • Digital Realty planning new LA data center - A DR affiliate filed plans to build a 13-story data center in downtown Los Angeles last week. The new build will be adjacent to one of the company's existing sites and just a block from One Wilshire, a key hub for data traffic from Asia. The building is planned to be 485,892 square feet.
  • Amazon replacing Virginia office buildings with four data centers - They will demolish and replace nine office buildings in Sterling, Virginia with four new data centers. Plans were filed with Loudoun County to demolish and replace the buildings across three sites in Sterling with data centers totalling more than 900,000 square feet. The three sites are all within walking distance of one another and were all bought last year. 
  • Google Cloud opens Doha cloud region - The new cloud region will meet growing demand for cloud services in Qatar and the Middle East region and support Qatar's National Vision 2030 that aims to transform the country into a digital economy through innovation and digital transformation. It is estimated to contribute a cumulative 18.9 billion USD in higher gross economic output to the economy of Qatar between 2023 and 2030 and support the creation of 25,000 jobs in 2030.

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