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RE: FATPipe vs. BGP

  • From: Lee Watterworth
  • Date: Fri Jan 04 10:11:15 2002

Title: FATPipe vs. BGP
F5 announced a new product which will apparently accomplish the same thing, although there are no technical documents available for it yet...
-----Original Message-----
From: James Smith [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: January 3, 2002 5:43 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: FATPipe vs. BGP

Anyone deploy FATPipe boxes yet? Just got through a preso about it, they bill it as a highly survivable VPN solution, but also as a way of getting multiple inbound/outbound/backup pipes to work from multiple providers without having to use BGP.

They actually use DNS with a short TTL (under 10 seconds) to do the failover on inbound. With failover related to TTL, I can guess which way the users want the knob to turn...

My concern is the need for the box to be your primary (authoritative) DNS in this role, with no secondary DNS support (available in the 2.0 release, I was told). No need to tell me how bad of an idea this is, what I'm looking for is actual "by golly, we did it, and this is what we ran into" stories. Especially from multi-site, multi-sub-domain sites.

I bet it is a pain to keep all those primary DNS servers in sync...


James H. Smith II  NNCDS NNCSE
Systems Engineer
The Presidio Corporation
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