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Re: non-op (Re: Definition of Tier-1)

  • From: Travis Pugh
  • Date: Mon Jun 11 15:15:22 2001

On Mon, 11 Jun 2001, Richard A. Steenbergen wrote:

> InterNAP.

I'd actually specifically left them out, since even Tier 2 implies some
sort of backbone, at least in my book, and since they don't get any
points by calling themselves "tier 0".  You might as well call band-x a
tier 2 provider if Internap fits the definition.

However, someone pointed out that Savvis was pushing the "tier 2 and
loving it" strategy pretty hard.

> Personally I think the whole "tier 1" craze is overrated. I'd rather have
> multiple good paths to my destination, and the ability to divert traffic
> elsewhere in the event of a problem. It can cost a lot of time and money

Amen to that.  You only need to look as far as CW and PSI to see the
faults in a transit-free environment.  One business relationship on the
rocks can destroy your full view of a routing table.

However, from the position of a Tier 2, you can aggressively pursue both
private and public peers and rest easy knowing that a dispute on the
business side won't destroy your connectivity, just increase load on your


> to get all the peering you need in all locations (or at least enough to
> keep from bouncing traffic across the country because thats where your
> peer is, or thats where your private peer is, etc). Then again it does
> solve the problem of path selection by making it a non-issue, there is
> only one path.
> --
> Richard A Steenbergen <>
> PGP Key ID: 0x138EA177  (67 29 D7 BC E8 18 3E DA  B2 46 B3 D8 14 36 FE B6)

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