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Re: MAE West
From: bmanning () ISI EDU (Bill Manning)
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 1997 06:33:08 -0700 (PDT)

At 11:38 PM 7/13/97 -0700, Stephen Stuart wrote:
As Lance Tatman pointed out, load-balancing only works between
circuits joining the same two switches. This would certainly be a
factor in planning what kind of wide-area connectivity to use to join
two groups of switches. A single 400Mb/s aggregate might perform much
better than a pair of 200Mb/s aggregates.

      Better performance, but worse reliability?

      The single 400Mb/s is, after all, a single point of failure, no?


To true.  Would you care to cover the cost of replicating the 400Mbp/s
to build in better reliability?  It appears that the owners/operators of
MAE-West are selecting an optimization path based on the assumption that
outages are infrequent and can be quickly corrected.


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