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Re: single homed public-peer bandwidth ... pricing survey ?
They are most likely giving you a single feed to their core which has 4-5 upstream connections to transit providers. Not peers really, Im sure they are paying for their transit.
They are a very nice facility, very technical and professional, and have real people on-site 24 hours per day ... remote hands, etc. All very high end and well managed.
I'm sure some of the $$ you pay for bandwidth pays for their amazing support structure.
Where can I go to read and learn more about the advantages and disadvantages (from a networking standpoint) of switching from an independent, public peered datacenter to, say, L3 or HE.NET ?
Search for the problems Cogent & Level(3) had off and on over the past couple years and decide for yourself if you want to have a single connection to a 'tier 1' provider. Personally I like to have >1 connections to a 'tier 1' provider.
Keep in mind that in order to be redundant your provider needs to buy your bandwidth twice from their upstream providers. If you are using 10mbps they need to buy 10mbps from Provider A & 10 mbps from Provider B. That way if A fails then your traffic will automatically switch to Provider B. So, if your provider is paying $30/mbps for bandwidth that is really $60/mbps. That price also doesn't cover the amazing support or the insanely priced routers that are needed to handle the ever increasing bloat that is the Internet routing table.
Not knowing all of your specifics I think you are paying a fair price.
-- Matthew S. Crocker President Crocker Communications, Inc. Internet Division PO BOX 710 Greenfield, MA 01302-0710 http://www.crocker.com