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Re: Peering - Benefits?
HRH Sven Olaf Prinz von CyberBunker-Kamphuis MP wrote:
internet exchanges are not per-se "redundant"Dear me, that smells of extreme ignorance of the design and management of the major exchanges.
LINX and AMS-IX for example go to great lengths to make sure their exchanges have high availability. I've had far fewer issues with individual exchanges with 100s of members than I have with single transit providers. The LINX for example provides TWO fabrics, and encourage members to peer on both of them. My transit providers have a single network which they break from time to time. It's far harder for an IX to break anything as they're less involved in the whole process.
It is true, of course, that there are tiny badly-run exchanges run as a hobby, but just as it's best not to buy transit from a bargain-basement transit provider, I wouldn't trust any important traffic to one of the tiny exchanges. I'd say that LINX/AMS-IX are amongst the most reliable places you can pass your traffic.
Since you bring up the "PAID" issue, as if to suggest that people who peer are cheap and don't care about their traffic, most organisations who peer do so to *improve* the performance of their networks. The cheaper route for me is not to buy a bunch of peering routers to manage 1000s of peering sessions, but I spend the extra cash to make the service I provide to my customers better. If you don't have the understanding or desire to provide the best service you can to your customers, perha1ps you'd like to become a politician?
Peering on one would make youre network more reliable if you have sufficiently burstable transit links. Only a fool would try to offload 180mbit of traffic via 100mbit of transit and 100mbit of peering. User stupidity isn't the fault of the exchanges and certainly don't diminish the viability of internet exchanges as a concept.
I think others have already rubbished your contracts nonsense, so I won't even bother.