Why use BGP and IPv6?

In case you don’t know these two terms, this article is essential for you since they are two key elements for your network development and growth.

BGP is one of the most important elements of the Internet since it is the protocol that ISPs and other organizations use to communicate on the Internet, using ASN (Autonomous System Number). The use of BGP allows your network to have redundancy, greater stability, better routes (lower latency), and autonomy on the Internet, among many other benefits, mainly because you can use multihoming.

In order for an ISP to grow, it needs to use BGP in order to access multiple IP transit providers, and to Peering on an Internet Exchange (IX). Without BGP your organization does not have independence on the Internet, nor can it have real routing policies. If you want to know more about BGP, we invite you to read this section

On the other hand, IPv6 is the evolution of the well-known IPv4 protocol. Some advantages of IPv6 over IPv4 include a virtually unlimited number of IP addresses, eliminates NAT (the main cause of many problems on the Internet), increases security, and simplifies the assignment of IP addresses.

Although IPv6 has been available since 2000, it was only in 2015 that its massive deployment began due to the depletion of IPv4 addresses. In Latin America, the depletion of IPv4 addresses occurred in 2020, which caused an acceleration in the adoption of IPv6. Currently, more than 30% of Internet traffic is forwarded using the IPv6 protocol.

The use of IPv6 allows to lower costs and improve the service to clients, thanks to the fact that NAT is not used, the typical problems in online games, download sites, and other services that usually have problems due to NAT2 or NAT3 are eliminated.