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is a technique that limits the number of requests or data that a server can handle in a given time period.

  • Helps to prevent overloading, improve performance, and allow quota limits.
  • Protects against denial-of-service (DoS), by limiting the number of requests per IP.
  • Helps to balance between different servers or regions.
  • Can be used to establish the priority of requests (pay for quality of service).
  • Can be used to govern and commercialize APIs (ex: Google Maps).
  • Cloud services use throttling for limits and quotas for storage, computing, and so on.

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