Netflix To Cogent To World

randal k nanog at
Wed Jul 30 19:04:31 UTC 2014

We peer with Netflix directly on an exchange, and transit Level3, Cogent,
HE & TW.

In me experience, when our direct peer is down for whatever reason, Netflix
prefers Hurricane Electric no matter what - if the route is there, it takes
it - then Cogent, then Level3, then TW.

I agree that the Netflix team is responsive and easy to work with, and
again in my experience, their network team is extremely interested in
making things happen (despite what blogs & hearsay ...)


On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 8:48 AM, Jay Ashworth <jra at> wrote:

> While thinking about this double play over the weekend, a very interesting
> chain of thoughts occurred to me.
> If I were Netflix, why would I buy all my transit from Cogent[1], given
> Cogent's propensity for getting into peering fights with people *already*,
> even before *I* start sending them 1000:1 asymmetric outbound traffic?
> Presumably because they're offering me a helluva deal on the bandwidth.
> So why would Cogent offer Netflix a helluva deal?
> Perhaps because they were smart enough to see how popular NF would
> become...
> and thought it would make an excellent stalking horse in their own peering
> fights?
> Who's gonna depeer Cogent *now*?
> Cheers,
> -- jra
> [1] This is my understanding, though of course I'm not privy.
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