Control, scale & filter… own your traffic with the click of a button
The Route Server Configurator provides full control over the route server by making it easy to select networks you want to exchange traffic with based on latency times, geographical location and black and white lists.
Internet exchanges facilitate peering (the exchange of traffic) between organisations. A well-known tool for this is the route server. Once a member sets up a session with the route server it is automatically available for all other members connected to the route server to exchange traffic with. Filters, exceptions, blacklists and white lists can be configured (in BGP) on the members routers that requires manual work that makes it error prone, time consuming and hard to maintain.
With this tool we have opened up the black box that a route server basically is and we have given our members full control. It is an example of the innovative new products and tools we are currently developing.'
Jan Paul Dekker - CTO @ NL-ix
Furthermore, NL-ix has a different vision from the traditional IX model. A focus not on metropolitan “islands of interconnection” but on a fully meshed pan-European interconnection fabric over which all members can exchange traffic. This does yield some other issues that needed to be addressed; some members only want to peer within certain geographic regions or within a certain latency range.
With the deployment of the Route Server Configurator NL-ix now offers its members a point, click, ready tool that can do all of this. Through a web interface, members can select peers based on a chosen maximum latency (with the use of a latency slider) or easily select or deselect certain geographic locations. A list of members is shown which allows the member to further refine with whom he wants to peer. To apply the settings the user just pushes a button. The route server configuration is automatically generated, deployed and immediately active.