Chiappa blows his brains out (was Re: Policy Statement)

Joel_M_Snyder@Opus1.COM writes

GIVEN that there exists some set of organizations who want to purchase
multiple T1s from multiple independent suppliers for purposes of
reliability and load sharing yet have need for less than 255 unique IP
addresses, and GIVEN that certain extremely popular software products (such
as Netscape Navigator) which are important to these organizations were
developed by programmers who seem to have no knowledge of either efficiency
or the way that the Internet works, and GIVEN that I have sufficient
knowledge about routing as is necessary to fully understand every technical
issue involved, and GIVEN that I have a rudimentary and imperfect
understanding of the political and economic issues regarding IP numbering
and the propagation of routes thereunto, HOW do I resolve the conflict
between justifiable corporate service requirements and the expressed
statements on these mailing lists the past few weeks which seem to imply
that anyone who does not consume at least a /18 worth of address space is
not worthy of being globally routed?

I am asking, I suspect, not for a technical answer (there being none other
than Chiappa's "it's gonna cost"), but the most politically correct answer
to give the organization (which is not Netscape).

You present a hard edge case that isn't particularly well met by the current
infrastructure and it can't necessarily be done well or even done at all.
(Sean's tricky chocolate-consulting hack excluded). Probably the best
thing that be currently supported is getting two diverse connections to
a single provider that can globally aggregate your network. The connections
should go to different POPs and should follow seperate physical paths.
This should provide you the desired reliability and load sharing.