When an ISP should run their own IRR for customers

Courtney Smith courtneysmith at comcast.net
Sun Dec 2 23:24:39 UTC 2012

On Dec 2, 2012, at 5:18 AM, nanog-request at nanog.org wrote:

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> Date: Sat, 01 Dec 2012 20:20:51 -0500
> From: ML <ml at kenweb.org>
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> Subject: When an ISP should run their own IRR for customers
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> I'm querying the community on the feasibility of running my own IRR on 
> behalf of customers whom probably aren't/won't register their own 
> objects.  I'm going down this path since I don't believe RADB or ARIN 
> would let me register objects on behalf of my customers.
> I know I'm going to need this in the near future once my AS starts to 
> peer.  Conservatively I would be proxy registering about 100 customers.
> Would a potential upstream/peer NOT want to query my IRR because I'm not 
> RADB, ARIN, etc (Essentially not a well known registry)? If not, is it 
> likely my IRR could get mirrored by RADB so other networks can retrieve 
> good info via RADB.
> If I was to run my own IRR is Merit's IRRd they way to go or is there 
> something better?
> Thanks

I do not think running your own IRR is worth it for 100 customers.  Unless it's something you want to do for your own experience and knowledge.  Maintain the objects under your maintainer for customers who, for whatever reason, are unable to maintain their own objects.  Just make sure your internal processes address deleting objects when customers leave.  Deleting seems to be something folks forget about.  

Courtney Smith
courtneysmith at comcast.net

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