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Re: MAE-EAST Moving? from Tysons corner to reston VA.
From: "Richard A. Steenbergen" <ras () e-gerbil net>
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 22:32:45 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 16 Jun 2000, Mark Tripod wrote:

----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard A. Steenbergen" <ras () e-gerbil net>
To: "ted hardie" <hardie () equinix com>
Cc: "Wayne Bouchard" <web () typo org>; <nanog () merit edu>
Sent: Friday, June 16, 2000 1:49 AM
Subject: Re: MAE-EAST Moving? from Tysons corner to reston VA.

| I don't believe its nearly this bad. It seems to me that the VAST majority
| of backbone private peering is still happening at the OC3 level. In a
| public exchange point where you're talking to multiple networks across a
| shared media it makes sense to do GigE, multiple GigE, 10GigE, etc, with
| OC48 or > feeding it, but due to the nature of the beast (the fact that
| you're exchanging traffic in multiple locations with multiple networks),
| private peering is in no such immediate danger.
| Infact a lot of "backbone to backbone" peering is still done with DS3s
| (think of the content providers with little need to talk amongst eachother
| in bulk, GlobalCenter, Exodus, AboveNet, etc). The interesting traffic is
| where the data providers (like those mentioned above) meet the data
| suckers (@Home, AOL, etc), especially as streaming media takes off.

You'd be surprised by how much bandwidth is required between hosting
companies. Companies that host at multiple locations and on different
providers networks require that the connectivity between those networks be
very robust so that they can transfer large amounts of data between their
server farms.


Not nearly as much as one would thing, and if nothing else at least not
mainly for that reason. Most of this bandwidth could probably be accounted
for by the occational customer that doesn't fit the usual webhosting role      
and is pulling content from the "other" hosting companies.

Though I'll be the first to agree that if they were serious about rhobust
reliable service this would be more of the case. :P At any rate this is
primarily burst traffic, and in the grand scheme of things it probably
wouldn't account for a majority of traffic even if many more people were
doing this.

Richard A Steenbergen <ras () e-gerbil net>   http://www.e-gerbil.net/humble
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