NaMeX deployed a second route server platform in addition to the existing one. This new platform is based on BIRD routing software, running on Linux, and will complement the existing platform based on OpenBGPd/OpenBSD architecture in order to improve software diversity and redundancy. As with the existing platform, the new BIRD platform supports IRRDB ingress filtering and adds export policies specification capabilities via BGP large communities.
As OpenBGPd and BIRD have been chosen as our preferred platforms, NaMeX is going to actively foster their development and improvement by supporting funding programs for both software projects: we participated in the fundraising organised by Job Snjiders in the past spring and we are now sponsors of OpenBGPD development with other IXPs like AMS-IX and DE-CIX; at the same time, we contributed with a similar donation to BIRD development program.
Why the Route Server? A route server is essential to simplify the peering sessions; instead of configuring one peering session for each ISP, NaMeX members can configure one single BGP session with the route server to see peer exchange announcements from everyone. In this way, a connection to the Route Server platforms enables a new peer to be productive and exchange traffic since day 1. Moreover, a Route Server is essential not only to keep simplifying the peering sessions but also to guarantee high-security standard recommended by MANRS such filtering and anti-spoofing.