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I just set up a virtual Ubuntu 10.04 server with Rackspace Cloud. Is it possible to set a limit on the amount of data transferred within a given length of time? Ideally I would get an email notice when a spike occurs.

The reason I want this is because I don't want to get any nasty surprises in case I get hacked or if the site gets really popular for some reason.

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Yes, this is possible. There are a lot of FAQs/forums out there that give advice on bandwidth throttling.

Try here: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-networking-3/bandwidth-throttling-347385/

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I'm actually looking for something like a daily/weekly/monthly cap (like 10GB/month), rather than throttling it to, say 100KB/s. –  wch May 10 '11 at 15:17

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