Why don't ISPs peer with everyone?
mpalmer at hezmatt.org
Tue Jun 7 15:05:49 UTC 2011
On Tue, Jun 07, 2011 at 10:15:48AM -0400, Drew Weaver wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jon Lewis [mailto:jlewis at lewis.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:00 AM
> I manage a network that's primarily a hosting network. There's a similar
> hosting network at the other end of the building. We both have multiple
> gigs of transit. We don't peer with each other. Perhaps we should,
> because the cost of the connection would be negligible (I think we already
> have multiple fiber pairs between our suites), but looking at my sampled
> netflow data, I'm guessing we average about 100kbit/s or less traffic in
> each direction between us. At that low a level, is it even worth the time
> and trouble to coordinate setting up a peering connection, much less
> tying up a gigE port at each end?
> 100kbit/s at <1ms is better than 100kbit/s at > 1ms.
True, but the point being made is: how *much* better? Is it enough better
to justify the cost of installing and maintaining another peering link?
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