BGP Multihoming 2 providers full or partial?

Maqbool Hashim maqbool at
Fri May 29 08:36:34 UTC 2015


We are an enterprise that are eBGP multihoming to two ISPs. We wish to load balance in inbound and outbound traffic thereby using our capacity as efficiently as possible. My current feeling is that it would be crazy for us to take a full Internet routing table from either ISP. I have read this document from NANOG presentations:,d.ZGU

The above document reenforces my opinion that we do not need full routing tables. However I was seeking some clarity as there are other documents which suggest taking a full routing table would be optimal. I "guess" it depends on our criteria and requirements for load balancing:

- Just care about roughly balancing link utilisation

- Be nice to make some cost savings

We have PI space and two Internet routers one for each ISP. Either of our links is sufficient to carry all our traffic, but we want to try and balance utilisation to remain within our commits if possible. I am thinking a "rough" approach for us would be:

- Take partial (customer) routes from both providers

- Take defaults from both and pref one

Maybe we can refine the above a bit more, any suggestions would be most welcome!

Many Thanks

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