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[AFRINIC-rpd] Academic IPv4 Allocation Policy Second Draft (AFPUB-2013-GEN-001-DRAFT-02)

SM sm at
Fri Jan 25 21:32:04 UTC 2013

Hi Andrew,
At 12:37 25-01-2013, Andrew Alston wrote:
>Aside from which, how many times do I have to say this, *the designs were
>submitted, the documentation was submitted, the proof of purchase was
>submitted, the whole lot*

There are various approaches to network design.  Two networks, each 
serving the same number of users, may not necessarily need the same 
amount of IP addresses.  If I have to go into the details of 
efficient use I would have to review the design.  The question that 
comes to my mind are:

   (a) Is it up to me to tell you how you must design your network?

The answer you have given is no.

   (b) Is it up to me to identify whether there is adequate justification
       for the IP addresses requested?

The answer to (b) may be yes.  However, as I do (b) I should avoid 
(a).  For example, it is not for me to say that you should use NAT 
for part X of your network as it's isolated.  If I understood the 
problem correctly it is about finding a middle ground between 
adequate justification and stringent justification, and avoiding the 
situation where I may be telling you how to design your 
network.  This proposal suggests using head count as a measure to 
make the request process easier.  The next step would be to find the 
acceptable ratio.


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