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Re: Survey: Peering Staffing Levels

  • From: David Diaz
  • Date: Wed Jun 12 18:42:35 2002


What I have seen (and what I have in fact done) was handle the peering negotiations, usually this needs to be an executive level person. In fact Dwight is right, it's usually someone that understands the vision of the network, and the company moving forward, with some skill to help translate this into a business case for the CFO types.

You then have a peering implementation engineer that will coordinate the config of the routers and provisioning of the circuits, or VPI VCIs etc etc.

The implementation person may actually have an assistant. The training is considered valuable and it provides a measure of backup. Nowadays you almost need a regulatory person also.

If I were prone to humor I might say some ISPs lately have DE-peering engineer....


On Wed, 12 Jun 2002, Dwight Ernest wrote:

 I'm interested in getting some idea of the level of staffing provided by
 NSPs and ISPs in their peering departments. In fact, I've been asked by
 my management to provide as much info about such levels as possible,
 without a need to disclose the identity of any responding company.
Forgive me if I'm just used to small companies, but why would you really
need more than one full time person (with an assistant possibly) in your
peering department?

Sure, the job requires a very specific skill set (something along the
lines of an engineer with an MBA), but the day-to-day interactions and
changes regarding peering would seem to be minimal. In fact, my impression
seems to be that you don't really need anybody on staff to not return
emails to peering@, which is seemingly how most providers deal with it. :)

Note: I have absolutely no experience or data to base my assumptions on,
so don't slap me too hard.


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