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Re: Exodus/C&W Depeering

  • From: Bill Woodcock
  • Date: Tue Mar 26 12:42:06 2002

      On Tue, 26 Mar 2002, Chris Woodfield wrote:
    > I'm presuming that Exodus is planning to get the transit they need after this
    > depeering via C&W's peering points? If so, this makes a certain amount of sense - no
    > need to maintain separate peering circuits.

The point isn't that merging the networks doesn't make technical sense.
Of course there's little point in maintaining an overlay network with the
same AS and separate peering.  The point is that since Exodus had a
broader, flatter peering mesh than C&W, even if C&W expands their peering
proportionately to accommodate the increased demand which Exodus' traffic
will place on their network, it'll still be a net loss in global
connectivity, since C&W's peering topology is much narrower.  Average path
lengths increase, the consumer loses.