Leaving public peering?
Patrick W. Gilmore
patrick at ianai.net
Wed Dec 2 15:52:10 CST 2009
On Dec 2, 2009, at 3:46 PM, Lasher, Donn wrote:
> This year I've been seeing what appears to be an increasing trend among
> service providers.. making the decision to leave public peering. I'm
> sure others on this list as seeing that trend as well. I have a couple
> of guesses, but I'm curious , and I wanted to get some other thoughts as
> to the "why".
> I don't have exact numbers, but off the top of my head, I'd guess
> somewhere around two dozen of our peers have left various peering
> exchanges. Quick couple I checked still appear to be operational as a
> company, so I'm willing to remove "death" as a valid reason.
I have some "hard numbers" from LINX. LINX receives 1 new member request per week. There were a handful of cancelations in the last year. Doesn't seem to me like a lot of people are leaving public peering.
It is not surprising that some networks turn down their peering - just the opposite. Business models change, special offers pop up, etc. Someone is going to turn down their peering. Instead of looking at the outliers, look at the fact more ASes are peering in more places than ever before.
Peering on the Internet is robust, growing, and happy.
> I realized that paid transit is down at almost obscene levels, but is
> that enough of a reason to increase hop-count, latencies, etc?
> Why disconnect from public mostly-free peering?
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