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RE: History of private peering and exchanges?
- From: Howard C. Berkowitz
- Date: Fri Feb 23 10:29:59 2001
> At some point, there started to be a business case for large
providers to interconnect with bilateral private links as well as at
exchanges. When did such links first get used for commercial
traffic? In the beginning, were they short-haul connections between
cages in exchanges, or WAN links between major provider hubs? I'm
referring here only to interprovider links, not to transit customers.
Mark Borchers added,
Clearly, there's a need to broaden my scope!
Well, if this is to be a comprehensive list, private interconnects
predated the commercial Internet. At OARnet in Ohio, we set up
peering with CICNet in a facility near the Ohio Supercomputer Center
in order to avoid long round trips.
I do want differentiate between good solid technical examples, such
as yours for OARnet-CICNet, between examples where the suits had an
economic motivation. The latter, I would assume, came later.
While I recognize I won't be able to publish the details of many
NDA-covered commercial private peerings, it is my hope to identify
when this practice began. A side motivation for this particular
point is to identify when commercial NDA considerations might have
restricted the potential ability of routing registries to give
reasonably accurate representations of topology and policy.
Yeah, yeah...if everyone DID put all their policies in an RR. Yet