Allot Communications, an Israeli outfit which does high-end bandwidth shaping and network traffic management gear, has brought out an even bigger Service Gateway device. Aimed at the service provider (SP) or large enterprise, this is capable of handling over 20 Gbit/s of traffic. The Service Gateway is an expandable chassis …
Service providers get their net access for free?
Pull the other one. They hand over large lumps of cash to their network provider based on the bandwidth and data volumes required. The kind of bandwidth someone like Google uses costs an absolute fortune.
Meanwhile users already hand over cash to their ISP to get their end of the link, and the ISPs now want to get paid twice?
Mark My Words
It's going to go wrong. Terribly, terribly wrong. Giving ISPs more of a leverage than they already have to squeeze the life out of small businesses and competitors ... it's a mistake. If an ISP/whatever can buy and actively use such technology and feel good about it, there's something wrong with its management. There has to be, because they would do better to advocate improving their networks and the networks of those around them for everyone's benefit and to support the use of standards to ease the problems of end-to-end QoS (I know, like a lot of the net, there will be those who abuse that too, but we have to think of the people for whom the net is built and they make up most of it, so we just improve implementations to support a more secure design and thereby putting the issue in the hands of the people). On the other hand, the technology companies are making a handsome profit from what they know is a lucrative market and a controvertial issue while happily skirting around the touchy issues involved (don't you just love the bit about tracking individual users?).
Tip: ISPs that treat their customers like third-rate citizens *do not* get my vote. If I find you traffic shaping/blocking/limiting or transparent proxying without prominent notice to would-be customers (no, terms and conditions are not enough - you must publish the fact that you manage your resources using these methods and make your customers understand that you think it's a good idea for their sakes), I shall at once condemn you and your customers to my best sneer. I will also make no uncertain remarks about the issue if I get someone asking me what ISP to go for. Although I don't like it, I'm less worried about ISPs who call their service plans "Unlimited" providing there is no enforceable cap (some do, some don't). I still recommend you don't call your plan unlimited though unless you're damned sure every one of your customers - even the greedy bastards who're on and loading all the time and who don't keep much-needed information/downloads/etc offline - will not reach any cap, either policy or technical.
El Reg from the past
"Its that the rocket goes up not where it comes down it's not my concern says Verner Von Braun"
ISP's are businesses
Service providers will absolutely implement some form of bandwidth shaping most already do. The ones that don't quickly become victims of their own success. Bandwidth hungry customers pile into an ISP that does not traffic shape then the QOS goes down, no surprise there. From my point of view best endeavour service is rubbish I want to pay for a guaranteed service. I want ringfenced bandwidth at peak hour and as much as I can eat the rest of the time, I want video conferencing (skype messenger ichat, whatever) to work all the time. My Kids want low latency for gaming.
So ISP's should just get on with it develop the business model. Sell me TV (finally compete with sky please), guarantee me a minimum QOS, give me all I can eat off peak. People will pay for the quality in QOS.
The most interesting business models will bring the price back down, the partnerships etc.
An internet of the people for the people and by the people is a fantasy its a business and will run that way.
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