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United States Patent 8,346,907
Kagan ,   et al. January 1, 2013
Method and system for constraining server usage in a distributed network

Abstract
A "velvet rope" mechanism that enables customers of a shared distributed network (such as a content delivery network) needing to control their costs to control the amount of traffic that is served via the shared network. A given server in the distributed network identifies when a customer is about to exceed a bandwidth quota as a rate (bursting) or for a given billing period (e.g., total megabytes (MB) served for a given period) and provides a means for taking a given action based on this information. Typically, the action taken would result in a reduction in traffic served so that the customer can constrain its usage of the shared network to a given budget value.

Inventors: Kagan; Marty (North Hollywood, CA), Lauzac; Sylvain (Seattle, WA), Lipkovitz; Eisar (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee: Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Cambridge, MA)
Appl. No.: 13/189,780
Filed: July 25, 2011
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