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Re: [RRG] Comments on draft-lewis-lisp-interworking
Thus spake "Joel M. Halpern" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I realize that there has to be a limit how far down the economic /
business analysis we go.
Among other things, we need to start by coming up with ideas, without
regard to such limits.
But when it comes to deployment analysis, ignoring the question of who
pays, and why, is just not going to work. We don't need (don't want, and
can't) to mandate a business model. I would hope that a sensible
recommendation allows for multiple business models. But if we can not
even imagine one that works, then it fails.
Okay, here's one I can imagine, even if it might not be politically
The RIRs pay the Tier 1s to all run PTRs, using fees charged to people who
get EID space from them*. More people using LISP, more traffic, more fees,
And another one:
The Tier 1s decide that the cost of deploying PTRs is less than the cost of
upgrading routers to handle the routing table growth that will happen if
LISP doesn't get deployed widely.
So, that's two business models that I can _imagine_, even if I'm not sure
they'd necessarily work in practice. I'd expect there are other models that
I haven't thought of yet and that someone will find a way to make money,
The basic pain point to avoid is dragging in traffic, which does not have
money attached, and then having to deliver it a way that doesn't have
money attached. Bandwidth and routers are not free.
It's not that simple. It's a very strange world out there...
I once knew a colo shop that ran an IRC server specifically because the
traffic from the near-constant DDoS attacks (which IRC servers naturally
attract). The nature of the content biz is that they naturally send far
more than they receive; _any_ inbound traffic they can attract is good
because it helps balance their peering ratios, which makes other networks
more willing to peer with them, which in turn saves them money on transit.
(* I assume the RIRs would distribute EIDs. That also means there would
likely be five different EID prefixes and five databases, but that's not a
meaningful change to the technical model.)
Stephen Sprunk "God does not play dice." --Albert Einstein
CCIE #3723 "God is an inveterate gambler, and He throws the
K5SSS dice at every possible opportunity." --Stephen Hawking
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