At the foundation of the Internet’s framework is the intelligence, called Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), which directs how large amounts of data are transported between one network node and another. BGP was implemented to allow for a decentralized Internet routing scheme, replacing Exterior Gateway Protocol, which routed based on a more tree-like network topology.
BGP’s sole purpose is to determine the route or path that data is to take over the network configuration (i.e., the Internet), a purpose BGP has facilitated generally very well since its inception. However, a limitation in its methodology is that because of the load shouldered by the network, shortest is not always best route and alternate, more optimum paths are not prioritized. As a result, this less-than-optimum routing method across an Internet backbone causes latency or delay, which is represented by slow reacting applications and websites and frustration on the part of the end-user.
Overcoming Border Gateway Protocol to Optimize Content Delivery
Internap’s IT managed services and Private Network Access Point (P-NAP®) locations – coupled with Internap Performance IP™ service based on our patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ or MIRO – accomplishes the task of optimizing data traffic across the Internet. Internap’s P-NAP facilities are localized facilities that house direct interconnectivity to all the major backbone carriers. Performance IP complements this aggregation of carrier connections by continuously monitoring the performance of each Internet backbone and subsequently routing traffic across the best available path, which provides a BGP multihoming solution.
Performance IP continuously tracks and analyzes data collected from more than 200,000 destination prefixes and up to 11 Internet backbones across Internap’s P-NAP® (Private Network Access Point) locations, localized facilities that house direct interconnectivity to the major backbone carriers.
Performance IP intelligently assesses network characteristics to determine the most optimum path for data transmission. It considers path characteristics like latency, packet loss, route stability and congestion when making routing decisions. This enables Internap to dynamically and automatically navigate your content around network congestion, poorly performing links and disabled providers, and continuously adjust the routes that the content uses, without the need for manual intervention.
In the end, Performance IP addresses BGP’s limitations by providing a BGP multihoming solution and improves overall connection performance and reliability by delivering a more predictable network performance level through reliable, stable and consistent connectivity.
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