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Topic # 35515 11-Jun-2009 02:06
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So I was poking around on the internets, and found this:
http://weathermap.ovh.net/backbone

I thought it was incredibly interesting and detailed (have a look thru the various menu options on the left) and was suprised it was publicly available. Now I'm sure most ISP's have something similar to this as part of their internal systems, so why not let your customers (or everyone) see it as well?

There would be a lot more honesty among the ISPs, if customers could actually see how much the bandwidth is being oversold (because in most cases it is), and if you are experiencing slow internet, could quickly determine if it was due to congestion on the part of your ISP, or related to a different external factor. In conjunction with tracert's, it would be useful for troubeshooting.

I dont see a reason why all ISPs couldnt implement something like this.

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  Reply # 224072 11-Jun-2009 16:50
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You answered your own question, most ISP's don't disclose that level of information because it's commercially sensitive and could harm their business.

99% of the time when ISP's run the cost/benefit analysis on making that sort of information available they decide it's not worth it. 1% of the time you get ISP's like OVH in the UK and Exetel in Australia.

I tell you what if I win Big Wednesday next week I promise to quit my day job and start up a geek oriented open and honest based ISP :)






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  Reply # 224672 13-Jun-2009 17:52
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Well to me that looks just like someone has taken some time out the map off their network with intermapper. Not too hard, just time consuming.



Those link utilization percentages will be the link percentages and not necessarily the actual % of how much is provisioned for that link. eg you may have a 1 gig Q in Q link with 5vlans split into 200mbps each between A and B. so when you see the link's capacity reaching 20% you might have completely maxed out one vlan but not the others and wouldn't be able to tell what is really going on.



looks pretty though.

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