SONET Interconnect (was RE: MCI)

According to Paul Ferguson:

>Several of our clients seriously consider
>ATM/SONET the best way to go because they feel that a switched
>technology like ATM is the best single technology (currently)
>to offer them high speed and support for multiple applications (like
>video and voice, as well as data). They are not just sending around
>200-byte IP packets. Furthermore, the ability to get
>quality of service support and guarantees is important them. They don't
>think that RSVP, when it comes, will be enough. Finally,
>to them, the economics makes sense. They understand the limitations
>(i.e. overheads) and believe that they are acceptable.

What you fail to mention, however, is that in an effort to achieve
these noble goals across the Internet, you are relegated to using IP
over ATM. This is the fatal flaw.

Yes, I admit my guilt. Our clients are looking at solutions in
parallel with the Internet. They feel that sole reliance on the
Internet will not cut it.

Sorry. I remain unconvinced.

That's fine. I'm not trying to sell anything to anyone :).