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Re: Honest Cogent opinions without rhetoric.
On Tue, 7 Mar 2006, Drew Weaver wrote: > I am looking for user experiences for people who have purchased > transit from cogent in the 300Mbps or up range as far as performance, > stability, and any other measurable metric of quality you can come up > with. > > We have heard a lot of negatives about them, about their pricing > model, about their network, about de-peering with Level 3, etc. What we > really need is actual information. Drew: Assuming you're looking for operational detail, I'll offer some of my experience with Cogent. Note that some of this is deduced based on visible symptoms, while some is closer to fact. When I decided to go with Cogent as one of my providers, I knew I'd get no more than I was paying for. I just didn't know how that would manifest itself. Since then I've found out a few ways they reduce costs: o few spare parts, such as using a parts depot in DC to cover Chicago o fragile peering, both technically & contractually o lack of well-published BGP knobs, such as communities to influence localpref... (they apparently exist, but are not well documented that I've been able to find) o deferred hardware upgrades, such as using old 15454 cards which most folks had replaced due to stability & performance problems o limited engineering coverage, requiring their NOC folks to drag in on-call folks while you wait On the positive side: o their NOC folks are responsive & willing to try to help o it does work most of the time to reach most places o it's cheap As others have said, Cogent is a useful piece of a transit arrangement as long as you go in with your eyes open. Let me know if you want more detail on any of my experiences with them. ________________________________________________________________________ Jay Ford, Network Engineering Group, Information Technology Services University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242 email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 319-335-5555, fax: 319-335-2951