Border Routers are the demarcation between the enterprise networks and the service provider networks (Internet) where the ISP connections terminate. Basic requirements include support for a full Internet routing table, mainstream routing protocols BGP and OSPF, ACLs, BGP Internet peering scale, device management and entry level DDoS protection. With increasing demands video streaming and other high bandwidth intensive applications, the need for advanced scale, fast convergence, application level visibility, security and cross-domain automation are key considerations for future-proofing and investment protection.
The routing solutions are optimized in size and deliver cost-effectively the scale and performance needed to address the explosive growth in network bandwidth, devices, and services – today and well into the future.
The continued growth in IPv4 and IPv6 traffic and to support the ongoing growth of the BGP Internet Routing table that eventually need to program into forwarding information (FIB) in the router, the Extreme Routing solutions are ideally prepared with the support of 4M plus Internet routes.
When ISPs and Enterprises are peering with single-home, dual-home or multiple BGP peering, the convergence is always a challenge with internet route scale. Extreme Networks solutions support BGP PIC for the core and the edge and help with faster data plane convergence during failover conditions. BGP PIC Core reduces the convergence time when a core router fails and the IGP has to find a new best path. BGP PIC Edge reduces convergence time when an edge router fails and BGP has to switch to a different PE router.
A modern network infrastructure demands greater visibility. This includes dynamic, rich and scalable classification and actions at multiple layers from networks to workloads. The Extreme’s Insight Architecture with a dedicated 10 GbE data path, included on a switch or router, helps organizations achieve pervasive visibility throughout the network to quickly and efficiently identify problems, accelerate mean-time-to-resolution, and improve overall service levels. Application Telemetry allows to analyze application flows from every part of the network without requiring dedicated probes.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are becoming significantly more frequent and volumetric, attackers send high amount of malicious traffic or request to the targeted network, server and services to overwhelm its bandwidth and then slow down the application and affect the business. Extreme Networks Router support standard BGP Flowspec to provide a very granular approach to DDoS mitigation. BGP Flowspec matches a particular flow and installs dynamic actions that can either drop traffic, remarking or redirect for further examination, or police to a desired rate.
Extreme Fabric Automation enables simple setup, plug-n-play day 0 and day 1 operational network tasks. With cross domain automation, and leveraging a workflow based approach to IT, the compute, storage, services and network domains come together to enable automated workflows for mundane tasks and free time and save money. Popular open source technologies, industry best practices, and a thriving technical community for peer collaboration and innovation are driving the new norm in development teams.
A global fortune 500 food products company needed to consolidate their growing demands for connectivity to their ISP, while also maintaining a large switching capacity in a small form factor. Extreme Networks provided the SLX 9640 solution to deliver future proof route table scale and maximize the switching capacity to their data centers.
Trunk Networks, an Internet Service Provider for business and consumers as well as an IT provider for business services such as hosted desktop, VoIP and cloud services is using the SLX Border Routing technology to enhance their most recent Leetline offering: a service targeted at gamers. Leetline is a low latency fibre connection service to homes which is fully supported by an Extreme SLX infrastructure.
A mid-size service provider needed to update their internet deployment for homes and businesses and expand their geographical footprint across 11 states on the East Coast of the United States of America. The Extreme SLX 9850 solution provided the ideal pay-as-you-grow architecture to grow with the increasing customer demands.
We've been using Extreme Networks' SLX products in our global internet backbone to provide IP transit and layer 2 transport services to over 185 major exchange points and 7,200 networks in 40 countries around the world. The new SLX 9640 provides us with a highly scalable routing platform, in a small form factor, that will allow us to continue our expansion into new markets, while dramatically reducing our space and power requirements.
Data center networks typically comprise both legacy and new infrastructure, often from multiple vendors, and that poses a complexity challenge for network operators seeking to leverage visibility to manage proactively. Without pervasive visibility into what's happening on the network, as well as the ability to automate and orchestrate network operations, network administrations are locked into a reactive posture. Extreme's Agile Data Center portfolio is designed to make it possible for network operators at enterprise and cloud-service providers to be proactive in areas such as business-level SLAs, transforming the network – and those who manage it – into a facilitator of business outcomes rather than a cost center.
We've been using Extreme's carrier-class SLX data center solutions for border routing, for providing cloud connectivity to various public cloud providers for our customers, and to enable interconnectivity between our own data centers. We've found that Extreme's innovative network automation capabilities and SLX products address the increasing agility and analytics needs of digital organizations.
With Leetline, we hope to encourage any gamer to escape their current network lag and come and join the growing community of gamers that trust us with their connectivity needs. With our Border Routing and Data Center Fabric and the Extreme Insight Architecture, we have direct visibility of network traffic, and we can quickly react to any customer issue. With the new Extreme Fabric Automation tool, we were able to set up the new network in minutes with no additional expensive server infrastructure. The support we received from our long-term partner Extreme was instrumental in making Leetline a reality.