Operations jargon: Internet egress

As I've noted before, the operations team has their own jargon which superficially resembles English. Some time ago, they sent out a message with the subject A New Internet Egress Path Is Coming.

Translation: We're changing the way computers access the Internet.

Bonus jargon: traffic on the edge. This does not refer to traffic that is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It merely refers to traffic that crosses the boundary between intranet and Internet.

Comments (11)
  1. Boris says:

    Is there an ingress path as well?

  2. Jason says:

    While I get that jargon doesn't necessarily have to make sense, wouldn't "internet ingress" be a better phrase? They're talking about how to get on the internet, after all, not how to leave it.

  3. a random passerby says:

    Except that "information wants to be free", right? And once information gets onto the internet, it's "in the wild" and can never again be contained?

  4. Joe says:

    @Jason — you are leaving the internal network and going to the internet.  egress is the right word.

  5. Malcolm says:

    Internet ingress is something a company like Microsoft (or, any sane company) would keep to a bare minimum and/or not allow except to specific DMZs :)

  6. Brian_EE says:

    @Joe, but if I am, say… web browsing, then the packets that leave the internal network are for requesting packets to be sent back to my computer. But if there is no ingress path, how do they get to me?

  7. Engywuck says:

    Jason, on a train station you'll see "Exit Main Street" and not "Entrance Main Street"

    "See the egress" – a sign said to be made by Barnum and also mentioned in a Discworld novel.<

  8. Joe says:

    @Brian the interwebs work by making connections to these thingies called "servers".  when the connection is open, "clients" (that what you run) can request information from the "server" to return information.  "egress" is because the connection is going *out* to the interweb not *in* to the corp.

  9. Cowardly Anon Moose says:

    @Joe: "Internet egress" = "egress from the Internet" = inbound connections, not outbound

  10. KapilK says:


    I thought the internet was bi-directional. What do you want happen to an outgoing HTTP GET request? "Hello? Yes this is the internet. No incoming packets huh? Sorry, our webservers have a strict no-ingressing policy to protect you. You have to set the extended GET flag for choosing between telegraph, fax, smoke signals, signal lamps, snail mail and carrier pigeon" :P

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