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Versatile Routing and Services with BGP

Versatile Routing and Services with BGP

Understanding and Implementing BGP in SR-OS

ISBN: 978-1-118-87528-5

Colin Bookham

The purpose of this book is to provide readers with an all-encompassing single reference guide to the BGP implementation within Nokia SR-OS. It aims to equip you with sufficient knowledge to feel competent and confident about the technology you are addressing, and be able to maximize and optimize your implementation of BGP using SR-OS.

The book looks at how services can be delivered and how efficient routing can be achieved in both native IP networks and MPLS networks. It covers how you can use BGP to provide services such as Layer-2 VPNs and Layer-3 VPNs, as well as native or VPN-aware multicast and IPv6. At the core infrastructure layer, it looks at how you can use BGP to deliver scalable IP/MPLS networks using inter-AS and inter-domain scenarios. In addition, the book covers techniques that you can use to improve path visibility and improve reconvergence times. It also looks at how procedures for error handling have evolved from the base BGP specification. It aims to detail the implications and considerations for each technology, and it gives design tips where appropriate. For each feature, function, or technology that the book covers, the aim is to provide an overview of what it is and how it operates at a protocol level. The book then details the configuration requirements with CLI and debug outputs used to aid understanding. The objective is that you have a full understanding of the technology in question together with the knowledge of how to implement it in SR-OS.


The book is primarily intended for IP design and engineering communities. Familiarity with Nokia SR-OS is not a requirement, although readers who are familiar with SR-OS will recognize configuration examples and Command Line Interface (CLI) outputs. You can read each chapter as a standalone chapter if, for example, you need some guidance on how to implement and configure a particular service and/or function.

Hear what our customers have to say...

“I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs to work with BGP on a daily basis, or who is looking for an all-in-one guide to contemporary BGP.”

iLya Varlashkin – Principal Engineer, Easynet Global Services

“More than a beginner’s guide to BGP, this book explores the full range of BGP enabled technologies that can be deployed on Alcatel-Lucent SR-OS networks with lots of example configurations — it is a valuable addition to my reference shelf.”

Chris Chaundy – Senior ISP IP Engineer, Nextgen Group

“This book presents the new BGP features introduced over the last decade to support the latest network and service requirements… It is a very useful book for network engineers.”

Bruno Decraene – Senior Network Architect, Orange

“…this book serves as a great reference for optimizing network performance and improving customer experience by demonstrating a number of capabilities of the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 for dynamic service provisioning, fast service restoration, high availability, PE resource optimization and network capacity optimization.”

Amit Khopkar – Head- IP Network Development, BSkyB

About the Author

Colin Bookham is a consulting engineer at Nokia with more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He has designed or helped to design, and supported, many large IP networks across a broad range of market segments in EMEA. Prior to working at Nokia, Colin spent a number of years working in IP design and architecture for a UK operator. Before that, he spent the early years of his career studying communications in the Royal Navy.

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