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Route Servers

Route Servers

SIX offers networks connected to the Peering LAN the opportunity to peer via its route servers. On our route servers, peers can filter based on IRRDB objects, as well as on predefined BGP communities. Therefore, members/customers can peer with the route servers while maintaining their own peering policy.


Normally, you would need to maintain separate BGP sessions to each of your peers' routers. With a route server you can replace all or a subset of these sessions with one session towards each route server. The goal of SIX Route Server Project is to facilitate the implementation of peering arrangements. We aim to lower the barrier of entry for new participants on the peering platform. The route servers do not participate in the forwarding path, so they do not forward any traffic. And peering with a route server does not mean that you must accept routes from all other route server participants.

Why would you use the route servers?

  • - Simplify the needed configuration to reach as many networks as possible on the AMS-IX platform by configuring just two BGP sessions. With the large amount of connected parties, it can be a full-time task to manage separate BGP sessions. In addition, whenever a new party connects to the route servers, you will be able to automatically exchange prefixes with it (depending on yours/their filters).

  • - Manage only your most important peers, let the route server do the rest You probably want to exchange as much traffic as possible through the exchange, but setting up a peering takes time and effort. So only set up peering sessions with your most important peers - let the route server do the rest!

  • - Send and receive routes from day one Once you are connected to the route servers you will start exchanging routes immediately. The route servers are a good way to get started on the exchange.

  • - Use it as a backup When your BGP session to a party becomes inactive, there is a possibility that you can still connect to them via the route servers. So the use of the route servers can lead to a more stable platform.

  • - Maintain your peering policy The route server has built in filters that allow you to maintain your peering policies. For more information, please read the filtering topic.

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