United States Patent 8,346,907Kagan , et al. January 1, 2013Method and system for constraining server usage in a distributed network AbstractA "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.: 13/189,780Filed: July 25, 2011Related U.S. Patent Documents
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