Did Internap lose all clue?

Paul Graydon paul at paulgraydon.co.uk
Thu Oct 20 15:53:26 CDT 2011


On 10/20/2011 10:48 AM, bas wrote:
> Recently I was contacted by an Internap sales person.
> The third line of the email read:
>
> "As you know well, BGP makes all routing decisions simply based on HOP COUNT"
>
> I blinked my eyes a couple of times.. Yes it really said hop count.
> Then I replied to the guy that if he tries to sell a technical product
> to technical people he should get his info straight.
>
> But he replied BGP actually makes decisions based on hop count.
> He even sent an URL from the internap website that states this
> http://www.internap.com/it-iq/route-optimization-miro/
>
> On that page there is also this gem:
> "BGP relies on the premise that hops are responsible for packet loss
> and congestion, and therefore a route with fewer hops is inherently
> better. "
>
>
> I can imagine blatant misinformation like this from a shady startup
> trying to trick some sales with smoke and mirrors, but from Internap?
>
>
> -- Bas
>
Reply with a link to wikipedia?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BGP

Possibly better still, Cisco's docwiki about it, assuming he might 
consider Cisco a bit more of an authoritative source:
http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Border_Gateway_Protocol#BGP_Attributes

Paul


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