Noction is proud to announce the release of Noction Intelligent Routing Platform 2.1. The new product version includes Exchange’s support as well as complete Route Reflectors support. It also features the platform’s enhanced Explorer, configuration interface redesign, and a set of new reports.
Internet Exchanges Support
Peering at Internet Exchange Points is a very popular and cost-efficient alternative to IP Transit and usually networks employ a mix of both approaches. So far, Noction IRP has been successfully used in networks all around the world to optimize routing across multiple Transit Providers. Starting with version 2.1, IRP is able to intelligently reroute traffic across Internet Exchages as well.
In IRP 2.1 administrators can boost the system’s Explorer by configuring it to run a different operation algorithm that uses traceroutes less frequently than its regular operation. By doing so, the performance of the Explorer considerably increases allowing for more efficient probing.Another addition to the Explorer is the ability to specify the priority of the direct VS indirect prefix probing. By default the Explorer is designed to probe the destination prefix directly in order to collect the necessary performance metrics. However, if the Explorer is not able to get the host address of the destination, it runs an indirect probing algorithm, which tries to probe the address of the closest router to the destination. However, in some specific network topologies there is a need for the system Explorer to run the indirect probing algorithm by default, rather than the direct one. This is to refrain IRP from considering issues in the last mile when taking routing decisions. In IRP 2.1, this option is configurable and administrators can specify the priority of the two probing algorithms.
Support for Route Reflectors
Since route reflectors are frequently used in various network configurations, we have added full support of route reflectors in IRP 2.1. The platform is able to announce routing updates to a route reflector, which then propagates them to the edge routers.
IRP 2.1 provides a set of new reports on the platform’s performance. The Loss Improvements report provides aggregate statistics regarding loss rates before and after IRP improvement. The Latency Improvements report provides overall statistics about latency values before and after being improved by IRP. And finally, the Probe Conversion report provides aggregated data on the amount of probed prefixes and their conversion into rerouted prefixes (improvements).
Since ease of configuration is a critical value factor for our product, in version 2.1 we fully revamped the configuration interface. We have reorganized the parameters across the configuration menu for better usability. By optimizing the layout and design of the controls and input forms, we escalated user-friendliness and readability to a new level.
In IRP 2.1 we managed to implement one of the most requested features so far. Along with them, the new platform’s version includes a series of bug fixes as well. Additionally, some improvements have been applied to the system’s dashboard and to some existing reports for more comprehensive analytics.