routing around Sprint's depeering damage

Lamar Owen lowen at pari.edu
Mon Nov 3 13:35:21 CST 2008


On Sunday 02 November 2008 10:28:31 Joe Greco wrote:
> previous poster wrote:
> > so perhaps look at
> > your own setup and decide that you need that 2nd connection to back you
> > up when first one fails.  This is a simple business logic.

> Is it just me, or is this awful logic?

Awful or not, this is the enduser business logic.

> Really, we DO NOT WANT every site that considers itself to have "mission
> critical needs" to be multihomed.  This would lead to an explosion in the
> size of the routing table.

Playing enduser devil's advocate here.  "Oh my! You poor provider and your 
routing table explosion! It's not my problem you need to forklift upgrade 
your routing gear due to this settlement-free interconnect versus transit 
stupidity: my business is made or broken by reachability, and I WILL do what 
I have to do to get that reachability.  If it costs you, boo hoo."

The more peering disagreements and the more news that "The Internet" 
is "broken in half!" reaches endusers, the more endusers' boards of directors 
will require multihoming, and the more it will cost every provider, and, by 
extension, every enduser.

Endusers have been sold the faulty concept of "The Internet" (which we all 
know only halfway exists as a loose melange of voluntary interconnections to 
begin with) and they are demanding what they were sold.  And, like it or not, 
each provider's very existence depends upon the endusers' pocketbooks.




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