[ntp:questions] Router Vendor + NTP

Brad Knowles brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Fri Jun 10 03:21:54 UTC 2005

At 4:24 PM -0700 2005-06-09, David Carne wrote:

>  So in summary, do you all think I can do this with a single powerful
>  box? or should I do something with round robin dns load balancing?

	Take a look at the pages at 
<http://ntp.isc.org/bin/view/Support/ConfiguringNTP>.  Ask yourself 
what kind of NTP configuration your customers are likely to want/need 
to have.  Then ask yourself how many time servers you're likely to 
need to support them.

	My guess is that you're going to want multiple Stratum-1 NTP 
servers, but they don't necessarily need to be monster machines.

	Indeed, careful selection of lower-powered machines with the 
right hardware, right OS, right configuration, and right refclocks, 
you are likely to be able to handle this job for relatively little 
cash outlay -- most of your expense will be at the network level 
(providing a sufficiently robust and high-performance network to 
adequately serve your customers), and the time and effort required to 
make this work well.

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