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Re: routing around Sprint's depeering damage

  • From: Eric Jensen
  • Date: Sun Nov 02 14:32:19 2008

Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2008 14:09:43 -0500
From: Adam Rothschild <[email protected]>

On 2008-11-02-10:14:14, Matthew Kaufman <[email protected]> wrote:
> But seriously, it shouldn't be necessary to have two connections at
> work [...]
If anything, these recent de-peerings underscore the lack of wisdom in
end users connecting to (or purchasing CDN services from) members
of the tier 1 club directly.

This is the take-away message for me. Buying transit from Tier 1 (and especially almost-Tier 1) providers is a risky idea for single-homed customers. Tier 1 connectivity could be cheaper, and could be better-performing, but has this potential for severe connectivity issues.

Single-homed end users would be well-advised to buy transit from a multi-homed tier 2/3 ISP. Single-homed SPs (such as Sprint Wireless, for example) should become multi-homed or buy transit from such a multi-homed tier 2/3 ISP as well.

- Eric