Question about peering

Robert E. Seastrom rs at
Sat Apr 7 20:20:24 CDT 2012

"Luke S. Crawford" <lsc at> writes:

> On Sat, Apr 07, 2012 at 07:25:24PM -0400, Robert E. Seastrom wrote:
>> Generally the costs of transit are pushed down by competition.  As a
>> vendor your costs for bandwidth/transport/port*bw may drop but you are
>> unlikely to drop your prices to your customers merely because your
>> costs have gone down unless prompted to by a competitor.
> ah, so it's not the cost of production that is the problem, it is
> the 'natural monopoly' state of an IX that is the problem.
> It seems like that problem could be overcome by making the 
> IX a cooperative owned by the members, maybe? 

The whole datacenter?

>> Consider the case of a peering n00b network (the target of this
>> discussion after all) in hypothetical facility that charges
>> $1000/month for a gigabit ethernet port on the peering fabric.  You
> I am in almost that exact position (A peering n00b network) - Of 
> couse, I'm fairly certain I'm paying sucker prices,  but I can get a 
> gigE to any2 at 55 s market for less than a third the price you quote. 
> just a data point.

You might want to analyze peering opportunities there:

and get some netflow data out of your own network to see just how much
traffic you're sending there.  Fairly easy to do with only 34

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