Resources to make strategic peering decisions

Research and musings from William B. Norton, co-founder of NOIA Network.

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Internet Peering White Papers

Below are the results of 10+ years of research with the peering coordinator community. Many of these went through a year of stepwise refinement while others are the result of a few interactions.

To help people select which white papers to read, we have marked them according to how much background knowledge the reader is assumed to have.

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No advanced knowledge of Internet Peering is needed to understand this document.
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Some advanced knowledge of Internet Peering is assumed.
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This white paper may be difficult to fully understand without background knowledge of the Internet Peering field.
Internet Peering White Papers
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The Art of Peering: The Peering Playbook (v1.4)

This white paper focuses on the definitions and processes of peering. It identifies the 9 selection criteria ISPs told me that they use to determine which IX to build into as well. This one is in use

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The Evolution of the U.S. Peering Ecosystem (v1.1)

This white paper focuses on the definitions and processes of peering. It identifies the 9 selection criteria ISPs told me that they use to determine which IX to build into as well. This one is in use

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Video Internet : The Next Wave of Massive Disruption to the U.S. Peering Ecosystem

This white paper focuses on the definitions and processes of peering. It identifies the 9 selection criteria ISPs told me that they use to determine which IX to build into as well. This one is in use

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The Peering Policy Life cycle

This early draft documents a position first articulated by Vijay Gill that peering policies tend to go through a life cycle as companies grow and eventually get to Tier 1 ISP status.

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The Great Public Peering vs Private Peering Debate

The Public vs. Private peering debate part is required because the Peering Coordinator Community points out that the next best alternative to 10G public peering is peeling off cross connects or circui

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European vs U.S. Internet Exchange Point Models

This white paper focuses on the definitions and processes of peering. It identifies the 9 selection criteria ISPs told me that they use to determine which IX to build into as well. This one is in use

easy
A Business Case for Peering in 2010

The Business Case for Peering White Paper is intended for the CFO who just wants the economic argument for peering, specifically, "Why should I spend money on something that won't generate any revenue

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Internet Service Providers and Peering (v3.0)

This white paper focuses on the definitions and processes of peering. It identifies the 9 selection criteria ISPs told me that they use to determine which IX to build into as well. This one is in use

easy
Internet Transit Pricing (Historical and Projected)

This white paper focuses on the definitions and processes of peering. It identifies the 9 selection criteria ISPs told me that they use to determine which IX to build into as well. This one is in use

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The 2014 Internet Peering Playbook

One can understand the protocols, the technologies, and the routing algorithms, but that doesn't tell the story. The Internet is a global ecosystem of cooperating and competing networks strategically interconnected to maximize performance and minimize costs.