BGP Monitoring — Route Monitoring
The Internet includes tens of thousands of autonomously operated networks (Autonomous Systems). Human error and malicious exploits on Internet routing can cause chronic interruptions and sudden outages that impact application access and service delivery. Internet routing signals are also commonly used to trigger on demand DDoS mitigation services when under attack. Monitoring of the Border Gateway Protocol or BGP, the routing protocol that stitches the Internet together as BGP routes, is important to ensuring a highly available network service and optimal digital experience for users.
BGP Monitoring Video Transcript
Routing changes, errors, and leaks alter traffic paths, potentially causing sudden outages or chronic interruptions that impact your network performance.
ThousandEyes monitors BGP routes from both corporate and service provider networks so you can see inbound routes to your prefixes and outbound routes to key services and endpoints.
With visibility from both sides, you can act quickly on issues, including local misconfigurations, peering changes, and route hijackings.
ThousandEyes collects BGP data using both public and private monitors.
With 45 public monitors located around the world, you'll be able to see inbound routes from each of these locations into your prefixes.
You can additionally peer using private monitors, which gives visibility into outbound routing from your address base to key services and endpoints.
This is helpful for customers who want to understand routing between offices or data centers or to critical external cloud providers.
ThousandEyes also tracks key routing metrics, including path changes, reachability and updates.
These metrics can be understood in context with the BGP route visualization, which illustrates the past and present AS paths taken by traffic traveling from all monitors to the destination.
You can also see insights on routing outages in context.
Intelligent algorithms look for patterns and unreachable prefixes to identify and provide data on reachability outages, including their global and local scope and also the networks most likely to contain the root cause of the routing issues.
Setting up tests and collecting data is easy.
BGP data is available on any test that includes network measurements and is also available as a standalone test for a given prefix.
BGP alerts and notifications are set up with customizable thresholds based on metrics like path changes and reachability, as well as situations where the next hop’s AS changes or when a more specific prefix is detected.
These alerts are especially helpful for detecting routing errors and malicious activity.
To summarize or find trends in your data, generate ad hoc or scheduled performance reports.
You can also easily save data for your records and share interactive links with your team or service providers.
In a matter of minutes, you can have BGP tests running.
Get started today to fully understand your routing environment and quickly respond to errors and leaks.
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Visualize and Understand BGP Routes
ThousandEyes monitors BGP network routes as well as BGP path selection from both corporate and service provider networks, enabling you to track BGP changes and understand reachability and performance between your BGP AS number (Autonomous System) and those of your customers and application providers for faster BGP troubleshooting. BGP route monitoring and visualization of routing data from major Internet exchanges and your own corporate network make it easy to see peering changes, route flapping, leaks, hijacks and triggered DDoS mitigation.
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Monitor Internal and External BGP Prefixes
A private BGP routing monitor can also be used to discover routes from your enterprise network to prefixes that you originate or external applications and services. IP addresses and URLs are automatically matched to all associated prefixes, simplifying analysis. With ThousandEyes, you can:
- Perform route monitoring using key BGP networking protocol metric types such as reachability and path changes.
- Diagnose route flaps, policy misconfigurations and peering issues that occur in your network or in one of your upstream providers.
- Detect route hijacks and see routing changes associated with DDoS mitigation.
- Correlate routing data with application delivery, traffic and underlying network BGP paths, including hop-by-hop metrics such as packet loss and latency.
Gain Actionable Data for Routing Decisions
See and get alerted to BGP service impacting route changes.
ThousandEyes BGP Monitoring collects data from a number of monitoring points around the world and visualizes global routing topologies, to and from your network, so you can see where routing changes affect performance and take proactive steps with your service providers.
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