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Using Console to connect to an Equinix Internet Exchange
Equinix operates many popular Internet Exchanges around the world. For a long time, I was told by Equinix sales that I needed to have a cabinet and equipment in the datacenter with the IX in order to join the IX. This is no longer the case and can all be ordered (theoretically) without speaking to a sales rep. First, register for an account at ix.equinix.com. After you login, you’ll see a list of regions that have exchanges and then cities. Select the city you’d like to join. Then you’ll be able to select the port speed you’d like to join at. Keep the port speed in mind. Now switch to the Console Connect portal and look at the Equinix locations that are onnet for ports. Order a port at the same speed as the one you are going to select on the Equinix portal. If you don’t, the link won’t come up. Be sure to note the specific building location of the port. Also note that all of the bandwidth on this port will be dedicated to the exchange as the physical port will be patched into the IX LA
Internet on Demand (IoD) IPv6 interface subnet mask
After you provision the IoD service, you have everything you need to bring up IPv4 and IPv6 BGP sessions however the portal is missing the IPv6 interface subnet mask. I reached out to the NOC and found that the typical subnet mask is /126. Hopefully the automated information will get updated to provide this information as well as shortened IPv6 addresses. I had to use an IPv6 address compressor to make sure I had computed it correctly manually.
Linux based routers and Console Connect
I ran into an issue when setting my up Linux based router (Danos Vyatta Edition) with Console Connect. Traffic on my Internet on Demand circuit mostly worked but a few applications wouldn’t connect or connected very slowly. I took two packet captures, one with IoD enabled and one without IoD enabled so I could compare the two. The one without IoD enabled showed the application filling up the packet size allowed and flowing through the router just fine. The capture with IoD enabled also showed full packets but the connections would stall. Turns out on Linux based routers, you need to set the MTU of the physical port to 1522 and the VLAN to 1500. Both default to 1500 from a basic install. The VLAN header was pushing the packet over the MTU limit and causing them to drop instead of renegotiate. The Console Connect L2 documentation briefly describes the MTU setting.Port Specifications
Choosing between Layer 2 and Layer 3 for your network
Depending on your network needs, a point-to-point Layer 2 (L2) connection or a Layer 3 (L3VPN) ‘mesh’ could be more appropriate. But how do you know which approach is right for you? I want to take you through some different scenarios to help illustrate each approach’s strengths and help you make a decision.We’re often asked about the practical differences in using an L3VPN such as CloudRouter, and so I wanted to illustrate the benefits with a practical example. Let’s take a look at a use case of a customer with four global locations (Dallas, New York, Frankfurt and Sydney):Each of the depicted circuits is 500Mbps, therefore NYC has the ability to send 1.5Gbps (3 x 500Mbps) of traffic. However, only 500Mbps can be sent to each destination. In addition, because there are 1.5Gbps of circuits terminating at each site, the customer would need a 10GE port as opposed to 1GE port.Here’s how the costs break down monthly for this example:Port total: $900/moConnections total: $6445/moGrand total:
Sharing best practices
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Asking a question
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