Buying IP Bandwidth Across a Peering Exchange

Rob Seastrom rs at
Wed Nov 26 18:13:34 UTC 2014

Colton Conor <colton.conor at> writes:

> Some might ask why not get a cross connect to the provider. It is cheaper
> to buy an port on the exchange (which includes the cross connect to the
> exchange) than buy multiple cross connects. Plus we are planning on getting
> a wave to the exchange, and not having any physical routers or switches at
> the datacenter where the exchange/wave terminates at. Is this possible?

"Technically possible" and "advisable" are two different things.  If
you enjoy finger-pointing on the occasions where you are trying to
smoke out performance issues, I encourage as many third, fourth, and
fifth-party-managed network layers in the mix as possible.  A wave
with no way to test to the handoff point would of course be the icing
on the cake.

Are you sure you can't afford to sublet a few ru of space from someone
and pay for a couple extra cross connects?


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