Resource: Dr. Peering is In The House

Have you ever wanted to know more about Internet peering? Then you’ll definitely want to check out the Dr. Peering web site set up by Bill Norton, a co-founder of Equinix who has written many white papers about peering. The site was launched in February based on an idea developed over beers at the Global Peering Forum.

The site features Norton’s many peering white papers, including his widely-discussed analysis of the “wave of disruption” from Internet video. There’s also the Ask Dr. Peering question and answer column, which this month examines Transit Provider Selection.    

Peering allows two providers exchanging large volumes of traffic to save money by connecting directly, rather than routing traffic across their paid Internet connections. Peering is often free as long as the amount of traffic exchanged is not out of balance, providing substantial cost savings for bandwidth for high-traffic sites and networks.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. that may be so but still 12 months down the line of this ”wave of disruption” from Internet video and still theres No apparent long range wireless providers setting up shop directly in the centers to provide direct cheap Co-location access to end users the world over. and thats a shame as the end users (in the UK at least) are getting a little tired of the worlds commercial ISPs NOT Providing ipv6 it seems, simple native IPv6 for the likes of streaming Multicast video, to name but one clear yet simple innovative advantage. the UK BBC even offered to provide free direct peering to any ISP so they could provide IPv6 multicast trials , but very few and only small ISP's took them up on their offer years ago now, and thats a shame.