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MIRO: Internap's Internet Latency Solution

Managed Internet Route Optimizer™

Problem 1: The Internet was never designed to deliver the level of performance that most businesses have come to expect from a private network.

Problem 2: All Internet traffic relies on a routing protocol called Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) as one of its key criterion. BGP looks at several metrics when deciding a path to choose, but is unable to make decisions based on actual path performance. This can be a critical obstacle to achieving consistent, optimal performance across the Internet. BGP uses a metric called AS-Path when picking the best performing path. AS-Path counts how many networks a path crosses on its way to the end user. When BGP makes a decision based on the AS-Path metric it is doing so blind to the actual performance of the paths. That’s analogous to planning a cross-country car trip based on mileage, without any consideration for congestion, planned construction, or speed limits of the roads along the way.

Fortunately, there is an Internet latency solution: Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO), available only from Internap.

MIRO is route and web performance optimization software that works with BGP in an automated manner, updating routing tables with the best performing routes available. MIRO provides a superior alternative to the manual route selection approach that many data centers employ to compensate for BGP’s inherent deficiencies.

MIRO works like a traffic reporter in a helicopter, continually analyzing the performance of all available routes and identifying the best option. MIRO gathers data and dynamically responds with intelligent route adjustments, ensuring that data is travelling along the fastest, most reliable route.

Internap wraps up a multi-faceted solution into one nice little package. It reduces our overall management effort to provide the kind of redundancy we need in our infrastructure.”

Rudy Pataro
Vice President Technology, Fry, Inc.

How MIRO Works

MIRO makes routing decisions based on an algorithm that considers path characteristics such as:

  • Latency
  • Packet loss
  • Route stability

Advanced analytics probe and benchmark Internet destinations through each bandwidth carrier in our network and continuously adjust the routes for superior web performance optimization so the data reaches the end user based on the current optimal network path.

Understanding the “Hop”

Data transmitted across a network passes through numerous devices and networks before it reaches its final destination. Each Autonomous System (AS) in the path is a transfer point and is referred to as an AS hop.

BGP relies on the premise that minimizing the AS hops will be the best path. In reality, there are many elements to consider when choosing a route, which our patented routing solution, Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO) considers.