Routing to optimise peering between BNIX participants
The Route Server simplifies peering and avoids having to manage lateral peering sessions. BNIX (Belgian National Internet eXchange) participants can therefore peer with other networks in a single BGP session to our route server.
The BNIX provides members who wish with a Route Server, to simplify operations and exchanges, and management of the control plan.
The Route Server, to respond to the BNIX’s growing traffic
Year after year, the number of BNIX participants is growing. In 2018, for the first times in its history, the BNIX saw its highest amount of participants (64). In other words, more than 60 hosts, operators and service or content providers count on the BNIX to optimise their IP traffic via the Belgian Internet exchange point.
There are two ways to exchange routes on an IXP:
- via a central routes server, which receives announcements from everyone and redistributes them, which enables each IX participant to set up a BGP session only with the route server.
- directly, between participants, which must set up a BGP session with each other participant.
How can you use the BNIX Route Server?
Given the growing number of BNIX participants that must exchange routes on our internet exchange point, BNIX has deployed its own route server.
Our route server enables you:
- to set up a single BGP session between the participant and the Route Server;
- to exchange routes with all the participants who do the same;
- without having to negotiate or configure and set up a BGP session per peer.
Direct peering with our route server enables us to reduce operational difficulties in terms of the configuration and management of peering sessions, while increasing the number of potential peers.