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Re: Honest Cogent opinions without rhetoric.
At 08:57 AM 3/8/2006, Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:
How is this different from being a Comcast cable modem customer in New England, trying to connect to a web server also located in New England. Packets route through NYC if the user is lucky, but more often Chicago or Washington DC. In terms of mileage and latency, just how different is that from the DSL case in France you cite?On Mar 8, 2006, at 1:56 AM, [email protected] wrote:At certain cities, your experience will be worse - Cogent doesn't have peers with big boys in every city they are at - so you'll have more chance of being backhauled to sfo/iad than if you bought from $bigger- carrier.It's not just cities, it's entire countries. Try being on a DSL line in France and getting to a Cogent web server in France.
Reality is "broadband" providers in some areas have sucky, or non-existant, peering. Do you blame that on the backhaul network, or on the "broadband" provider?
As others have said, cogent is OK as part of a transit mix, but not necessarily as a single homed provider. That said, they're far from the only network (including the biggest names/networks) that I would say that about. Everyone's networks have meltdowns at different times. Everybody seems to get into pissing matches.De-peering is a fact of life, but Cogent takes something that otherWith regard to depeerings: they are a fact of life on the internet - and as a service provider, you should always have multiple transits, for this and other reasons. Yes, you obviously will have more risk of being caught in a depeering fight if you are buying from $low-price-leader-du-jour, because these are the ones more likely to be depeered by $big-boys for being "too-competitive". ;)
-- TTFN, patrick P.S. To be clear, Cogent has lots of peers and works very well for most destinations most of the time. However, is not necessarily what some people need from their provider.