an over-the-top data center
Patrick W. Gilmore
patrick at ianai.net
Mon Dec 1 10:53:58 CST 2008
On Dec 1, 2008, at 11:06 AM, Måns Nilsson wrote:
>> End of day, an IXP is not some magical thing. It is an ethernet
>> allowing multiple networks to exchange traffic more easily than
>> interconnection - and that is all it should be. It should not be
>> critical. Treating it as such raises the cost, and therefore
>> barrier to
>> entry, which lowers its value.
> You did not answer my question on usability of fiber based on amount
> knowledge about where it is.
Of course knowing where the fiber is does not stop the backhoes. It
was obvious you were being silly, so I ignored it. By that logic,
providers should not check any fiber path they purchase because it
will not stop the backhoes. I suspect most providers will continue to
buy from multiple providers, check the paths themselves, ensure
grooming onto a single path is not a problem, and several other
perfectly valid operational best practices which are impossible at
OTOH: My paragraph above yours is a serious consideration, which you
have blithely ignored.
As I said before, feel free to use what you please, where you please.
Your network, your decision. I frequently do things which would not
be considered best practices in certain instances, but that does not
make them valid for everyone everywhere, and I would not argue such.
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