IBGP Question --- Router Reflector or iBGP Mesh

Erik Haagsman erik at we-dare.net
Sat Jan 8 00:30:21 UTC 2005

On Sat, 2005-01-08 at 00:20, Robert Crowe wrote:
> 	Yes, an iBGP session is possible between A & C. Route Reflectors
> main purpose was to reduce the iBGP full mesh requirement, thus
> providing for BGP scalability. If you only have 3 BGP speakers then
> there is no need, unless you are expecting BGP speaker growth. I
> would address the lack of redundancy for your BGP sessions.

Correct, route reflector's main advantage is scalability and if you're
thinking to evolve into a larger network with dedicated access and core
routers, route reflectors are a far better option than full mesh, though
perhaps not from the start. 
Redundancy is a good point, since in the route reflector diagram you
have a single route reflector with single sessions to your edges. If
iBGP link A-B goes down, the rest of your network looses 1 transit ISP
and customer 1 is cut off from the rest of your network, basically
leaving him with a default route out to ISP A and the rest of your
network having to rely on transit to reach your own customer. Also
depends on the actual physical paths to the customer ofcourse
(redundant?), but seems a bit risky, while customer 2 is looking a lot



Erik Haagsman
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