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Re: Peering VLANs and MAC addresses

  • From: Randy Bush
  • Date: Fri Nov 11 09:55:57 2005

> NAPs these days are stable, scalable, and useful.

IXs (there were only four NAPs, and i'm too old and lazy to
play droid terminology drift) have pretty much always been
scalable (for the then current meaning of scale) and useful.
though i have admiration and sympathy for folk such as
steve, keith, mike, et alia, who have had the task of
scaling them (it always looks easy from the sidelines).

but, wearing a different hat, i am aware of issues on some
of the large exchanges where one is suspicious of layer two

> Picking your peers carefully - which is a requirement for
> public or private peering - helps.

this does not isolate one from the majority of layer two
messes, the subject of this thread.  on the six, i had just
such a problem caused by a sloppy-but-arrogant weenie with
whom i had no desire to peer.  and guess what caused it,
switch on the ix.