The endless story of OSPF vs IS-IS – Part 2 “The history”

April 26th, 2010 mmahmoud Posted in Bury the hatchet, IGP, ISIS, Network Design, OSPF, Routing No Comments »

In our previous post we started consolidating the endless story of OSPF vs IS-IS, in this post we will cover the historical part of the story, it might not be interesting for some people, but I do believe that the history is what makes the future, so please bare with me through this post.

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IS-IS DIS in Practice

April 12th, 2010 Mounir Mohamed Posted in ISIS 1 Comment »

In the previous post IS-IS Neighbor Discovery we have discussed how IS-IS automatically discovers neighbors, in this post we will discuss the DIS role in broadcast networks. After the adjacency state reached the UP state the DIS election process take place, the router with the highest priority value (0-127 specified in the Priority field of [...]

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IS-IS Neighbor Discovery

April 12th, 2010 Mounir Mohamed Posted in ISIS 3 Comments »

Like other routing and signaling protocols IS-IS has built-in automatic neighbor discovery mechanism which is known by IIHs (IS-IS Hello PDUs), because IS-IS is not IP based protocol the IIH PDUs and all other IS-IS PDUs are directly encapsulated on the data-link layer. IS-IS has two hierarchical levels (L1 and L2) and two network types [...]

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The Role of BGP in MPLS networks

April 5th, 2010 Wael Osama Posted in BGP, MPLS 3 Comments »

In almost every book you will read about MPLS, the author will state that one of the MPLS benefits is having a BGP free core network; sometimes they explain it sometimes not. However, to really understand this statement I encourage you to imagine removing MPLS from your core network and see what adjustments you need [...]

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The endless story of OSPF vs IS-IS

April 4th, 2010 mmahmoud Posted in Bury the hatchet, IGP, ISIS, Network Design, OSPF, Routing 1 Comment »

Whenever you have a little IGP chit chat you’ll hit this endless story. I’ve tried to reach a final solid conclusion my self but IMHO its all about personal preference and taste. It is something like a Ferrari vs Lamborghini story, they offer comparable performance, but totally different feeling. It is all about a good [...]

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BGP Route Refresh Capability

March 28th, 2010 Wael Osama Posted in BGP No Comments »

Service Providers or Large enterprises commonly change routing policies from time to time, specially when adding new links or peering relationships with other entities. When you change the inbound policy of your BGP speaker you need to reprocess the updates you received from that peer. BGP4 has no mechanism of requesting a re-advertisements from one [...]

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