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Re: concern over public peering points [WAS: Peering point speed publicly available?]

  • From: Patrick W Gilmore
  • Date: Mon Jul 05 20:04:46 2004

On Jul 5, 2004, at 2:02 PM, vijay gill wrote:

On Mon, Jul 05, 2004 at 10:55:42AM -0700, joe mcguckin wrote:

$5000 for an ethernet switch port? It makes me long for the days of throwing
ethernet cables over the ceiling to informally peer with other networks in a

Throwing ethernet cables over the ceiling does not scale.
Sure it does. The question is: "How far does it scale?" Nothing scales to infinity, and very, very few things do not scale past the degenerate case of 1.

If you s/ethernet cables/optical fibers/, it scales even further. Especially since this is not being used for all his traffic.

Not everyone needs a terabit of exit capacity. Guaranteeing everything you do is close to infinitely scalable is a Bad Idea for people who do not.

And even if you do need a terabit of exit capacity, nothing wrong with the occasional OC768 routed through the ceiling. :)