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Are you intimidated by getting an ASN to participate in BGP? Do you not have the time to learn all the ins and out of dealing with ARIN to get IP space or routing registries? Let me help you.
The ARIN starter package
-Organization ID and POC IDs setup
-Paperwork to get your own ASN
-Paperwork for your own IPV6 allocation
-Paperwork for an IPV4 /24
-Documentation and maintenance documents
Cost $899 plus ARIN fees
-RPKI Setup $199
-Routing Registry setup $199
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Outbound Route Filtering (ORF) is a Cisco proprietary feature that prevents the unnecessary exchanging of routes that are subject to inbound filtering. This, in turn, minimizes bandwidth across the links and reduces CPU cycles upon the router during the processing of the neighbor UPDATE.
ORF works by the router transmitting its inbound filters to its neighbor, which the neighboring router then applies outbound.
great article on how to do this if you are running Cisco routers and your provider is too.
I had a good discussion with my Buddy JJ tonight on kind of the next step of network evolution for provider networks. Many providers have evolved to MPLS networks with VPLS. There are some inherent issues with this when it comes to things like bonding, MLAG, among other issues. Nothing is perfect, right?
So as we dive into What is EVPN I want you to know I am approaching this from a service provider standpoint. I also am no EVPN expert, but I am seeing it more and more as a solution to solve specific issues. As a result, EVPN is sliding into a natural progression of the service provider network.
So what is EVPN?
There are folks much more versed on EVPN than I am. As a result, I will lean on some already written articles.
Components of EVPN
Now that you have a high-level overview of EVPN, what are some of the major components and features you should know? Let’s dive into that
Unified control plane. EVPN can be used throughout your network. You don’t have to use one stack for data center, one for metro to the data center, and yet another for connectivity between data centers. You can bring it all under one control roof so to speak.
EVPN, through BGP, marries the Layer 2 and Layer 3 layers together. With MPLS everything is controlled at the layer3 level. Now with EVPN Mac addresses become much more important. For example, Each EVPN MAC route announces the customer MAC address and the Ethernet segment associated with the port where the MAC was learned from and is associated MPLS label. This EVPN MPLS label is used later by remote PEs when sending traffic destined to the advertised MAC address. Pretty cool huh?
As networks grow network engineers learn about things such as north-south traffic and east-west traffic. Microsoft has a great article which explains this concept. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/tip_of_the_day/2016/06/29/tip-of-the-day-demystifying-software-defined-networking-terms-the-cloud-compass-sdn-data-flows/
East-West – East-West refers to traffic flows that occur between devices within a datacenter. During convergence for example, routers exchange table information to ensure they have the same information about the internetwork in which they operate. Another example are switches, which can exchange spanning-tree information to prevent network loops.
North | South – North- South refers to traffic flows into and out of the datacenter. Traffic entering the datacenter through perimeter network devices is said to be southbound. Traffic exiting via the perimeter network devices is said to be northbound.
So, if you are a growing Service provider look at EVPN. In some upcoming articles, I will talk more about various components of EVPN and such.
Normally on a peering exchange, all connected parties will establish bilateral peering relationships with each other customer connected to the exchange. As the number of connected parties increases, it becomes increasingly more difficult to manage peering relationships with customers of the exchange.
However, by using route servers for peering relationships, the number of BGP sessions per router stays at two, if the IX has deployed redundant servers.
I am happy to announce a special new tier for my Patreon subscribers. I have now installed a network of speedtest servers in 15 locations in the United States and one overseas as part of stage 1. Patreon subscribers who subscribe to this extra tier of service will be presented with a members-only username and password for testing to each of these.
Stage two will be a looking glass so you can test how your BGP routes look in various spots on the Internet. You will know what Upstreams each location has to better assist you in diagnosing BGP or just getting a view of how your network interacts with the Internet.
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