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Hurricane Electric Enhances Internet Toolkit

April 6, 2012 by  

Web Hosting ServicesFremont, CA – Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6 Internet backbone and leading colocation provider, today announced enhancements to its BGP toolkit, which can aid in the analysis, debugging and reverse engineering of Internet routes and peering relationships.

The site, designed for use by peering coordinators and routing engineers, features intuitive route graphs that show to whom Autonomous Systems are connected and how routes propagate. Peering relationships can be investigated to determine how routes are swapped and how transits are handling particular routes.


The site’s powerful tools are especially valuable to computer security engineers. For example, the site identifies multi-origin routes, which are often the result of either configuration mistakes or deliberate attempts by hackers to hijack traffic. The site also features information of interest to engineers responsible for configuring Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) and Secure Inter-Domain Routing (SIDR).

“This BGP toolkit is unique because leverages an intuitive interface to present information from multiple vantage points on the Internet,” said Martin Levy, Hurricane Electric’s Director of IPv6 Strategy. “The site is based on in-house code that we have been using to debug problems for over two years, and we wanted to make it available to the public for free. It’s a very cool resource that gives an excellent user experience.”

Hurricane Electric continues to “rack and stack” more servers to handle the processing load the site requires. The site process routes once per day – a large computational task.

About Hurricane Electric
Fremont, California-based Hurricane Electric operates its own global IPv4 and IPv6 network and is considered the largest IPv6 backbone in the world as measured by number of networks connected. Within its global network, Hurricane Electric is connected to 52 major exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 2,100 different networks. Employing a resilient fiber-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than four redundant paths crossing North America, two separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia. In addition to its vast global network, Hurricane Electric owns and operates two data centers in Fremont, California – including Fremont2, its newest 200,000 square-foot facility. Hurricane Electric offers IPv4 and IPv6 transit solutions over the same connection at speeds exceeding 10 Gbps.

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