Resident IPv6 Proponent
As I understand it, the biggest advantages of owning one's own IPs is portability. Move to a new DC and you can take your IPs along with you. However it seems to me there are a lot of disadvantages that would make it less than worth it for providers that aren't of a rather large size. Perhaps people who know more about networking can explain it to me.
- Expense - Doesn't it cost to get and maintain your ASN?
- Peering - You have to find upstream providers who will peer with you
- Peering confusion - What happens if you decide to expand to a new location and your peers aren't in that location?
- Overall usage - Way out of my league here, but isn't it a lot more complicated to set up your AS's IPs on a new server, announce and originate them, etc.? Isn't it a lot easier to let an upstream provider do the work?
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