Chapter 5. Operational Practices

So far this book has given specific and detailed advice about router-configuration best practices for ISP backbones. It is important to see these suggestions in the bigger picture of an actual ISP business. This chapter covers some of the operational issues regarding the establishment of an ISP backbone, the choices made, the positioning of hardware, the configuration of software, and the establishment of external relationships. Aspects of ISP business operations have been covered in other publications, such as ISP Survival Guide: Strategies for Running a Competitive ISP, by Geoff Huston, and won’t be covered here. The chapter fills the gap between the high-level business strategy and the boxes of equipment that ...

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