Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Peer Pressure

Maybe the naysayers were right and the web is running out of steam. I've increasingly been coming across serious peering issues between the UK and the US - especially the West Coast with connections sometimes taking 30 hops and over 150ms per hop.

Peering points are where networks hand over traffic to each other - the more peer points your hosting or network provider has, the better, since if traffic becomes stuck via one route it can then re-route.

As mor and more fibre connections are laid to the home, this becomes the bottleneck for the internet and is, obviously, particularly problematic for video delivery.

After years of carefully monitoring this situation it seems to have become significantly worse over the past few weeks. Or perhaps I'm becoming paranoid..

Any views on this would be gratefully received.

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