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Use of BGP for routing in large-scale data centers

Document type: Replaced Internet-Draft (individual)
Document stream: IETF
Last updated: 2014-08-16 (latest revision 2014-02-06)
Intended RFC status: Informational
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IESG State: Replaced by draft-ietf-rtgwg-bgp-routing-large-dc
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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.


Petr Lapukhov <>
Ariff Premji <>
Jon Mitchell <>

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