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Internet Accessibility Problem Thru End Of August 2014

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#1 Michael Martinez

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 03:20 PM

Back in May 2014 Cisco warned Tier 1 Internet Service Providers that many of the Border Gateway Protocol routers they were using would soon max out. I don't want to get too technical but basically the older routers can only store about a half million routes in their memory.

This week technical analysts began reporting that BGP routers are failing at numerous Tier 1 providers, leading to temporary Internet outages for surfers and in at least one case Web hosting companies.

The Tier 1 providers (and any other secondary providers affected by this issue) are in the process of upgrading their routers. One analyst suggested the upgrades may take 1-2 weeks before all the services have fixed the problem.

If any of you are currently experiencing problems with Website traffic and you feel it's because you have a bad hosting provider, you may want to wait 1-2 weeks just to see if it's the BGP problem.

I know 2 weeks can cost you a lot of money but if it IS the BGP problem then moving your site may not result in any better service for you until the routers are upgraded.


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Posted 16 August 2014 - 06:10 AM

Oh yes, I had the "eBay problem" off and on for a couple of days last week.

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