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Use of BGP for routing in large-scale data centers

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (individual)
Expired & archived
Authors Petr Lapukhov , Ariff Premji , Jon Mitchell
Last updated 2015-10-14 (Latest revision 2014-02-06)
Replaced by RFC 7938
RFC stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Intended RFC status Informational
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IESG 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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