Generation of traffic in "settled" peering arrangement

Robert Bowman rob at
Tue Aug 25 22:41:40 UTC 1998

It will be a lot easier to incent customer to distribute, as a colocation
provider, if we don't have to pay per Mbps that is imbalanced--and instead
we have a direct cost associated with having to do best-exit..  I think
pretty much anyone can understand that. 
> steve at wrote:
> > 
> >         That's just how the internet plays, there are probably more sights
> > phisically in the silicon valley then anywhere else on the west coast.  It's
> > where the busniness's are, and since they want to have their machines as
> > close to them as possible, they put them here.
> There's some interesting logic.  Don't get me wrong, I understand it (from
> the customer's point of view).  However, I think that it would be a good
> idea for web farms to start to make it worth the customer's while to
> distribute their servers.  It may not be much of a network cost savings from
> the web farm's point of view, but it does address some of the traffic
> asymmetry issues, on top of improving performance to the end user.
> > 
> >         On the other hand, the customers who view the sites are spread out
> > all over the country (and world).  Therefore replication is a good thing
> > for these businesses.  With your servers located all around the country
> > (close to private or public peering points) you will get better performance.
> Agreed.
> > 
> >         Of course if there are no public or private peering points located near
> > the site, the value would be close to nil, since distribution needs local
> > inbound traffic to be worthwhile.
> Well, in the world of private interconnects there are private interconnect
> points all over the place.  Also, you can always place your colocation
> facilities near the public interconnect points.
> > Steven O. Noble -- Sr. Backbone Engineer, Exodus Communications (EXDS)
> Alec
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