Netcom Outage (Was: My InfoWorld Column About NANOG)

Can other big parts of the backbone fall down and take 13 (or more) hours
to get back up? Or is the rest of the net engineered more redundantly than
Netcom? Should I build two backbones, each with separate technologies?
Was this a foreshock of the coming Metcalfean Big One, or just lousy
procedures at one of the bigger ISPs?

Maybe we should turn off a major exchange point for 6 hours as a test.
Seriously, unless you have on-staff people who are quite swift and
really understand both the architecture and the implementation bogies of
your particular IP network, it might not be a bad idea to build two
separate backbones with different technology and/or routing policy.

Inquiring minds want to know. Right now, it appears to be just a few
(thankfully?). And now is the time to develop communications and publicity
strategies for this sort of thing -- along with the engineering to
hopefully prevent them.

Pete Kaminski