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Re: Enterprise Multihoming

  • From: Pekka Savola
  • Date: Thu Mar 11 12:36:31 2004

<On Thu, 11 Mar 2004, Gregory Taylor wrote:
> Mutli-homing a non-ISP network or system on multiple carriers is a good 
> way to maintain independent links to the internet by means of different 
> peering, uplinks, over-all routing and reliability.  My network on NAIS 
> is currently multi-homed through AT&T.  I use a single provider as both 
> of my redundant links via 100% Fiber network.  Even though this is 
> cheaper for me, all it takes is for AT&T to have some major outage and I 
> will be screwed.  If I have a backup fiber line from say, Global 
> Crossing, then it doesn't matter if AT&T takes a nose dive, I still have 
> my redundancy there.

Well, I think this, in many cases, boils down to being able to pick 
the right provider.

I mean, some providers go belly-up from time to time.  Others are 
designed/run better.

For a major provider, complete outage of all of its customers is such 
a big thing they'll want to avoid it always.  If it happens, for a 
brief moment, once in five years (for example), for most companies 
that's an acceptable level of risk.

-- 
Pekka Savola                 "You each name yourselves king, yet the
Netcore Oy                    kingdom bleeds."
Systems. Networks. Security. -- George R.R. Martin: A Clash of Kings





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