Will The Internet Die?

Ever since video became a reality on the web, there have been concerns over whether or not the web can handle it. While the internet is a mesh network, it does have some singular points of failure. The root DNS servers are located in close proximity to each other, so if they ever go down, no one will be able to get anywhere unless they know the IP address. Politics is also a big concern as we move foward.

Internet politics encompasses many debates. I’m not talking about a tiered internet, but that is bad enough. I’m talking about disagreements between the Tier 1 ISP’s. It wasn’t that long ago that you couldn’t access half of the web because Level3 had a disagreement with Cogent and they cut off access. It has since been resolved, but if this happens more often, it will cause more disruptions. Also threating the web is not just qualms between companies, but their unwillingness to upgrade their networks. Core fiber and other essential networking that keep the internet running aren’t being upgraded. Although people will transfer around one exabyte of data next year, the big corporations such as AT&T defy the rest of us. In case you don’t know, an exabyte is over one billion gigabytes. They can barely handle it at this level, what makes them think they can keep going this way?

You can also look at the way we have large websites run. A lot times they are run at a co-location which may have good uptime, but a few minutes of downtime can mean money for some people. There have been two examples of this recently, Rackspace and 365 Main, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more of this as more web sites pop up. The general idea of grouping a bunch of web sites together in one facility is ironic; since the beginnings of the internet were made around the idea that if one place goes down, a bunch of places don’t go down at the same time.

Don’t be surprised when you try and go to Google.com and it doesn’t work. I hate to say I told you so, but it’s inevitable the way it’s going.


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