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Routing first-step by Bill Parkhurst

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Chapter 8. Border Gateway Protocol—The Glue That Holds the Internet Together

What You Will Learn

After reading this chapter, you should be able to

  • Explain the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

  • Understand the concepts, terminology, and operation of BGP

  • Configure basic BGP on Cisco routers

In 1991, the first website was developed for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. By 1993 there were approximately 600 websites. The number of websites grew to 10,000 by 1994, 100,000 by 1995, and more than 1 million by 1997. The number of websites continues to grow at a phenomenal rate, and today there are millions of websites accessible through the Internet. Millions of websites means there are millions of IP addresses— and a scalable IP routing protocol is needed ...

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