Redundant Routes, BGP with MPLS provider

PC paul4004 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 31 12:29:36 CDT 2012


Options

1) Ask the provider if they have any traffic engineering communities
available.  Many of the large ones offer some.
2) Use BGP MED to influence the output path (works in most cases).
3) If that fails, use as-path pre-pending to influence the output path from
the provider towards you.

GRE tunnels are not necessary for MPLS in most use cases.  Additionally,
many SPs support native multicast over their L3VPN services if you need
this -- shop around.

Finally, you mention the vendor can accept traffic on either router.
Consider just announcing the routes equally from both locations into MPLS
and letting the traffic more or less load balance as it sees fit on the way
to your vendor -- this is how the internet generally works.

On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:18 AM, Blake Dunlap <ikiris at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'd prefer to trust / get the provider to do the right thing over losing
> the 40 mtu points.... and all the associated headache therein.
>
> -Blake
>
> On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM, <Bill.Ingrum at t-systems.com> wrote:
>
> > I work for an MPLS provider, so I guess I tend to trust them ;)
> >
> > Bill
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Lee [mailto:ler762 at gmail.com]
> > Sent: Friday, August 31, 2012 11:28 AM
> > To: Ingrum, Bill
> > Cc: WTribble at sterneagee.com; nanog at nanog.org
> > Subject: Re: Redundant Routes, BGP with MPLS provider
> >
> > On 8/31/12, Bill.Ingrum at t-systems.com <Bill.Ingrum at t-systems.com> wrote:
> > > I think having a GRE tunnel for the internal routing protocol is
> > > unnecessary.
> >
> > It might be, but we have a requirement for multicast over the wan so the
> > GRE tunnels had to be there.
> >
> > >  Can you explain the reasoning behind this?  I understand the
> > > technical issue whereby GRE will allow multicast for EIGRP, OSPF, etc,
> >
> > > but why not just redistribute into BGP?
> >
> > I see no reason to trust the provider that much.
> >
> > > I work on a lot of MPLS CE routers, and in general you can accomplish
> > > anything you need by redistributing your internal routing protocol
> > > into BGP, and adjusting LP, MED and AS Prepend as needed.
> >
> > Sure.. but how do you *know* you're not getting anything added/removed
> > by the provider?
> >
> > Lee
> >
> >
> >
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > >
> > > Bill
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Lee [mailto:ler762 at gmail.com]
> > > Sent: Friday, August 31, 2012 11:15 AM
> > > To: Tribble, Wesley
> > > Cc: nanog at nanog.org
> > > Subject: Re: Redundant Routes, BGP with MPLS provider
> > >
> > > On 8/30/12, Tribble, Wesley <WTribble at sterneagee.com> wrote:
> > >> Hello all,
> > >>
> > >> I am an Network Operator working in an Enterprise environment with
> > >> offices all over the country(mostly connected via MPLS).  We are
> > >> currently working towards building a Disaster Recovery Site that will
> >
> > >> host some of our vendor routers and provide the capability to access
> > >> these vendors from both our primary and backup data center locations.
> > >
> > >> The routes(as advertised by the vendor's routers) will be the same at
> >
> > >> both locations.  I would like to advertise the routes from multiple
> > >> locations at the same time, rather than suppress the routes and
> > > advertise conditionally.
> > >
> > > At work, we have our internal routing protocol running on GRE over
> > > IPSec tunnels & keep the BGP sessions with the MPLS provider limited
> > > to just the MPLS network.  And have an ACL on the MPLS network
> > > interface that allows only what's expected in...   some providers are
> > > better than others at not having anything hit the 'deny any any log'
> > > line
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Lee
> > >
> > >
> > >>
> > >> What is the best method to Instruct the provider's network to prefer
> > >> the Primary Data Center routes over the DR site?  Keep in mind that I
> >
> > >> am only peering with the provider over BGP and I have no visibility
> > >> to
> > >
> > >> the underlying MPLS architecture or configuration.  Although if you
> > >> have specific questions  about their architecture, I can work to get
> > > answers.
> > >>
> > >> Discussing in house, we have gone over a few different options:
> > >>
> > >> -Advertise specific routes from primary site and summary routes from
> > >> the DR site.  Most specific will always be chosen.
> > >> -Prepend the routes from the DR site so that they will have a longer
> > >> AS-path than the Primary location -Use Community Strings to influence
> >
> > >> local preference.(Still working to find out if Provider will pass our
> >
> > >> community strings)
> > >>
> > >> Just looking for some ideas and best practices.  Any thoughts or
> > >> insight would be much welcomed and appreciated.  This is my first
> > >> message on NANOG, so please be gentle.  I apologize in advance if I
> > >> have done something incorrectly.
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> Wes
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> ________________________________
> > >> *********************************************************************
> > >> *
> > >> **************************** Sterne Agee Group, Inc. and its
> > >> subsidiaries request that you do not transmit orders and instructions
> >
> > >> regarding your Sterne Agee account by e-mail. Transactional details
> > >> do
> > >
> > >> not supersede normal trade confirmations or statements. The
> > >> information contained in this transmission is privileged and
> > >> confidential. It is intended for the use of the individual or entity
> > >> named above. The information contained herein is based on sources we
> > >> believe reliable but is not considered all-inclusive. Opinions are
> > >> our
> > >
> > >> current opinions only and are subject to change without notice.
> > >> Offerings are subject to prior sale and/or change in price. Prices,
> > >> quotes, rates and yields are subject to change without notice. Sterne
> >
> > >> Agee & Leach, Inc. member FINRA and SIPC, is a registered
> > >> broker-dealer subsidiary of Sterne Agee Group, Inc. Generally,
> > >> investments are NOT FDIC INSURED, NOT BANK GUARANTEED, and MAY LOSE
> > >> VALUE. Please contact your Financial Advisor with information
> > >> regarding specific investments.
> > >> Sterne Agee
> > >> reserves the right to monitor all electronic correspondence.
> > >>
> > > **********************************************************************
> > > **
> > > **************************
> > >>
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
>


More information about the NANOG mailing list