Use of BGP for Routing in Large-Scale Data Centers (RFC7938)
Original Publication Date: 2016-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Aug-11
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
P. Lapukhov: AUTHOR [+4]
This document describes a practical routing design that can be used in a large-scale data center (DC) design. Such data centers, also known as "hyper-scale" or "warehouse-scale" data centers, have a unique attribute of supporting over a hundred thousand servers. In order to accommodate networks of this scale, operators are revisiting networking designs and platforms to address this need.
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) P. Lapukhov Request for Comments: 7938 Facebook Category: Informational A. Premji ISSN: 2070-1721 Arista Networks J. Mitchell, Ed. August 2016
Use of BGP for Routing in Large-Scale Data Centers
Some network operators build and operate data centers that support over one hundred thousand servers. In this document, such data centers are referred to as "large-scale" to differentiate them from smaller infrastructures. Environments of this scale have a unique set of network requirements with an emphasis on operational simplicity and network stability. This document summarizes operational experience in designing and operating large-scale data centers using BGP as the only routing protocol. The intent is to report on a proven and stable routing design that could be leveraged by others in the industry.
Status of This Memo
This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is published for informational purposes.
This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It represents the consensus of the IETF community. It has received public review and has been approved for publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Not all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.
Information about the current status of this document, any errata, and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7938.
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RFC 7938 BGP Routing in Data Centers August 2016
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