Peering - Benefits?

vijay gill vgill at vijaygill.com
Thu Oct 30 21:19:46 CDT 2008


This is probably going to be a somewhat unpopular opinion, mostly
because people cannot figure out their COGS. If you can get transit
for cheaper than your COGS, you are better off buying transit and not
peering.  There are some small arguments to be made for latency and
'cheap/free' peering if you are already buying transit at an exchange
and your port/xconn fee is cheaper than your capital/opex for the
amount of traffic you peer off.

To be completely realistic, at current transit pricing, you are almost
always better off just buying transit from two upstreams and calling
it done, especially if you are posting to nanog asking about peering.

/vijay


On Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 12:17 PM, Paul Stewart
<pstewart at nexicomgroup.net> wrote:
> Hi there...
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> I'm in a meeting next week to discuss settlement-free peering etc.....
> always an interesting time.  A push is on (by myself) to get into other
> physical locations and participate on the peering exchanges.
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> Besides costs, what other factors are benefits to peering?
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> I can think of some but looking to develop a concrete list of appealing
> reasons etc. such as:
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> -control over routing between networks
> -security aspect (being able to filter/verify routes to some degree)
> -latency/performance
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> Just looking for other positive ideas etc...;)
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> Cheers!
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> Paul
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