too many routes

Sean M. Doran smd at
Thu Sep 11 01:11:55 UTC 1997

Sanjay Dani <sanjay at> writes:

> There are backbone providers and there are providers of specialized
> ISP or hosting or security etc. services that need independent* IP
> address space and do not have to waste resources on building a private
> "backbone".


	Sean.  (read an old message by Paul Vixie prior to
		some NANOG that wasn't worth going to
		really where I think he might have said
		pretty much the same things he wrote)


> I had thought predicting consolidation in the Internet services
> market was an exclusive realm of only the clueless "market research"
> firms. Even they seem to be wisening up.

"Internet services" is a rather broad term.  I think the
"consolidation is coming" crowd is looking more at
transport.  People watching UUWHO recently might see some
justification for the "consolidation is coming"

On the other hand there are models which are attractive
beyond the "we run a backbone and dialup and web hosting
and this and that and this and that and what else is on
your checklist, oh yah, we do that too or are buying up a
company that does it already" as such a model
tends to scale poorly vs. the number of working brain cells
in any given organization needed to offer reliable and
coherent service over time.

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