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Re: Alternative to BGP-4 for multihoming?

  • From: Paul Vixie
  • Date: Mon Mar 13 01:16:38 2000

[email protected] ("Travis Pugh") writes:

> If the goal is to direct traffic from a client to the closest server farm,
> why not just build a box to do a BGP lookup and respond to a name lookup
> with the IP of that farm?  No pings or zone transfers necessary.

AS path length is a rotten predictor of performance.  (Just ask Cisco's
Distributed Director team whether they knew that not all of AS701 was
equidistant from their early adopters here in the Bay Area.)
Paul Vixie <[email protected]>
SVP for Internet Services, MFNX

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