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Re: SWIP and Rwhois in the Real World

  • From: Justin M. Streiner
  • Date: Tue Sep 06 17:14:59 2005

On Tue, 6 Sep 2005, Crist Clark wrote:

AFAIK, it is still required, but my own experience has been that some do, some do only in preparation for their next IP space request (i.e. fall behind on swips, then to a big catch-up before approaching ARIN for more space), and some just don't. I have to wonder how that last group gets more space out of ARIN, since they don't follow the rules.
In my previous life at a mid-sized ISP, we migrated away from doing SWIPs to using an in-house rwhois server. This was done to make keeping the records up to date in our environment less expensive (people cycles) and easier to automate.

We tied this to our provisioning system, so the rwhois data was within 24 hours of being up to date. We never had any problems getting additional IP space after pointing ARIN to that server. I could see in the logs that they actually did query it, so there actually was legwork done to verify that our requests were valid.

The interface between the provisioning database and the rwhois server was a little kludgey, but the rwhois piece just simply works. I like 'simply' and 'works' ;-)


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