Data centres are much bigger than they were a decade ago, with application requirements vastly different from the traditional client–server applications, and with deployment speeds that are in seconds instead of days. This changes how networks are designed and deployed. The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) has emerged as the most popular routing protocol for the data center, yet many network operators and data center administrators are concerned about its complexity. This practical report peels away the mystique to reveal an elegant and mature, simple yet sophisticated protocol. Author Dinesh Dutt, Chief Scientist at Cumulus Networks, covers BGP operations, as well as enhancements that greatly simplify its use, so practitioners can refer to this report as an operational manual.
This white paper will answer all your questions around BGP in your data centre, including:
- What are the goals driving modern data centre design?
- Why choose BGP as the routing protocol to run the data center?
- How the BGP theory of operations works for the modern data center
- Enhancements to BGP configuration provided by open networking
- BGP best practices, including how to manage changes and troubleshoot routing problems
For answers to these questions and more about BGP and open protocol networking in the data centre, please complete the form below to download the white paper, BGP in the Data Center by Dinesh G Dutt.
This report covers the theory, design and operationalization of BGP in data center networks, including automation. You’ll learn how to use innovations in BGP to simplify your network design, configuration and management.