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Shared facilities (was Re: your mail)
On Wed, 21 Aug 2002, David Lesher wrote: > Unnamed Administration sources reported that N. Richard Solis said: > > If you haven't worked in an environment where you had to turn in your > > cellphone and pager at the front desk, show a badge to a camera around every > > corner, and get your office keys from a vending machine you dont know what > > real security looks like. > You missed the places w/ real security. That's where the very > polite Marine Security Guard with the 870 shotgun asks to see > your badge again... Sigh, and in places with "real security" you rarely find enemies/competitors sitting in the same room. Exchange points are like the United Nations, not high security military bases. AMS-IX, Equinix, Linx/Telehouse, PAIX, etc provide a neutral facility for competitors to exchange network traffic. The facility operators provide a reasonable level of security, and try to keep the diplomats from punching each other. Its in all (most?) the competitors' self-interest to follow the rules. Let's not lose sight of the purpose of colocation/exchange points. If we start requiring you to be a US citizen and have top secret clearance in order to enter a colocation facility, we've probably decreased the usefulness of the exchange points.