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A strong understanding of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is essential to understanding peering. BGP is the backbone of internet routing, enabling ISPs to dynamically exchange routing information and determine the best paths for data transmission across the complex web of global networks. Mastery of BGP allows ISPs to optimize their routing decisions, improve network resilience, and effectively manage traffic flow, which is vital for maintaining high-performance and reliable internet services. 

This expertise is particularly important in handling network congestion, mitigating route hijacking threats, and ensuring optimal path selection for data, all of which are critical for the seamless operation of modern internet infrastructure.

With Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) such as Netflix/Akamai/Limelight/Google accounting for up to 80% of a networks overall traffic, a BGP Peering and Caching strategy is crucial to the overall network health.

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A well thought out peering architecture addresses high latency, network outages, and network failures by listening to and hearing the experiences of the user on the network. Creating a plan around peering will protect your uptime, resiliency, and reduce disruptions on your network.



Users expect an instant response for any service they’re paying for. Peering creates predictable outcomes and high-speed connections. By optimizing the delivery of services, you reduce latency and application failure, thus increasing the user experience.


Other reasons you should not overlook peering:

  • Designing for failure with standards-based protocols such as BGP, creates failovers to protect your subscribers from network outages and application failure.
  • Shorter network routes from Point A to Point B can translate into reductions in network delay and recovery times and decrease overall costs.
  • Enhance local and cloud-based security mitigation from a brute force cyberattack or distributed denial of service (DDoS) threat utilizing Flow Data or Fingerprint matching scrubbers.

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