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Autonomous Internet implementation guideline


Here we describe the components you need for implementing Autonomous Routing in the form of a shopping list. You can get all components from one supplier, or shop the components together from multiple suppliers.
Also have a look at prices for each component.

1. Internet Addresses
In order to be able to autonomously route on the Internet you need official Internet Addresses:
- AS Number
An Autonomous System (AS) number, which uniquely identifies your network on the global Internet;
- IP Addresses
A block of Provider Independent (PI) addresses to identify individual hosts or services on your network.

2. A BGP4 network
For implementing and running Autonomous Internet you need a BGP4 based network:
- Router(s)
One or more router(s) that support the BGP4 protocol are essential. BGP4 is used to communicate between routers of different AS's to exchange routing and reachability information of IP addresses (subnets). For Non-Stop Internet two BGP4 routers are required;
- Setup
The initial BGP4 configuration of the network routers) can be outsourced on a Turn-Key basis, which makes sure the network will work as designed from day one. This is an essential part of the Open Peering 'Zero Risk Guarantee';
- 24*7 support
If you are not planning to build up extensive BGP4 expertise in-house, for a smooth running network it is important to be able to fall back on a second (24*7/4) or third (8*5/NBD) line support contract for the entire BGP network;
- Course
For anyone involved with Autonomous Internet and BGP4 it is useful to follow a one-day BGP4 course to get an overview of what it is, some inside information on how it technically works and hands-on experience on actual BGP4 routers;

3. Neutral datacenter
Your BGP4 network (routers) is generally colocated in a carrier neutral datacenter:
- Rackspace
Neutral colocation is generally offered as rackspace, per 19 inch full height computer rack.

4. Metro Capacity
Transport capacity between carrier neutral datacenters:
- Metro Ethernet
Ethernet Line (Point2Point), Star (Point2Multipoint) and Cloud (Multipoint/Broadcast) solutions;
- Metro Wavelength
Advantages of dark fiber an substantially lower cost;
- Metro Fiber
Light your own Dark Fiber for maximum flexibility and independence;

5. Internet Exchange
On an Internet Exchange (IX) you can negotiate peering with other IX members to handle mutual traffic directly and for free:
- AMS-IX, NL-ix, ...
Internet Exchanges provide an ethernet port into a shared ethernet VLAN, on which all IX members are connected.

6. Peering & Transit
- Public Peering
Set up peering with other Internet Exchange members;
- NL Routing
Access to practically 100% of the Dutch Internet 'last mile' in one go;
- Global Transit
Routing to all global Internet destinations based on BGP4 and a full routing table via Global Transit. At least two connections (preferably to different parties) are required for Non-Stop redundancy.