Did Internap lose all clue?

Richard A Steenbergen ras at e-gerbil.net
Fri Oct 21 03:19:13 UTC 2011

On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 10:48:34PM +0200, 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.

Errr, I think they mean AS hops, which is actually mostly correct. After 
you eliminate things that don't actually convey any information (like 
localpref, which you have to configure yourself), and things that don't 
provide any meaningful data in a multi-network path selection role (like 
MEDs), AS-PATH length is pretty much the only useful basis you have for 
picking a best path from your BGP peers. All other marketing crap 
asside, they aren't incorrect in pointing out that BGP really sucks as a 
way to pick a best path. :)

Richard A Steenbergen <ras at e-gerbil.net>       http://www.e-gerbil.net/ras
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