Many usenet folks know that the 'Highwinds-Media' group, headquartered out of Winter Park, FL., has (had??) several news-server plant scattered around the US, and was (is??) the outsourced choice of many news-group operations.
In the last couple of weeks, I've noticed that at least two of their plants, in New York and Phoenix, have, when running a simple trace-route, actually moved/concentrated their operations to somewhere around Chicago. At least that's where the IP addresses are currently pointed to.
I noticed when the throughput to their systems dropped about 10% or so, perhaps due to the serpentine routes the data is taking; usually, routing tables tend to keep one's data within the systems it originates from (in my case, Verizon), until it either gets fairly close to where it's going, or to a 'hub' where the recipient has a major ingress point (for instance, say the recipient contracts with Level3, and Level3 has a major ingress point to it's network, where in cross-connects with Verizon, then the data would 'jump' onto Level3's network at that point and ride their system in an 'express lane' to the recipient).
At least, that's kinda the way things work, generally.
But to get back to Highwinds-Media, it appears tha perhaps they've shut down their NYC/Phoenix operations. The question is, why(?). Are they upgrading the plants there, shifting the traffic to their Chicago plant, or....??
BTW, the Atlanta plant still seems to be up and running, handling a couple of major clients (Usenetserver et. al.?).
Just kinda wondered if anyone else had noticed this. I keep fairly well close watch on this 'stuff', having worked in my last job before retirement on worldwide internet links, where I never touched anything lower than around 2.4Gb/s (OC48/STM16) and the lion share at 10Gb/s (OC192/STM64) and greater. Somethings going on with Highwinds, that's for sure.