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- AMS-IX, Netherlands
The Amsterdam Internet Exchange, in short AMS-IX, is one of the largest
Internet Exchanges in the world.
Elisa Jasinska writes:
AMS-IX deployed two OpenBGPD route servers end of 2009. Each is currently
running with over 350 route server client sessions, altogether announcing
over 38000 prefixes. The support we got from the developers over the past
year has been amazing, every bug or issue found has been fixed as soon as
possible and features have been added for us. Thanks and keep up
the good work!
- DMA computer service, Netherlands
DMA is an internet application provider in the Netherlands.
Shaun O'Neil writes:
Our customers expect us to maintain a high degree of performance,
security and control on our systems and network. At the same time we must
remain cost effective. The OpenBSD bgpd allows us to do exactly that,
and it forms a mission critical component of our business.
The skill and dedication we've seen from it's developers is unparalleled.
- Net Fonds, Norway
Net Fonds is a Norwegian internet stockbroker.
Network Manager Arvid Grøtting writes:
I first switched two of our routers from Zebra to OpenBGPD after
finding a problem we suspected was in Zebra. As it turned out, the
problem itself was deep inside OpenBSD, solved in the then-current
kernel, but once I'd made the switch I liked what I saw and we've
stuck with OpenBGPD.
I've found some bugs, but unlike in some other projects they were
resolved rather quickly in spite of being difficult to reproduce, and
OpenBGPD seems quite stable now. Thanks, guys!
- IP Plus Wireless Corp, Canada
IP Plus Wireless is a non-dominant carrier operating a licensed
microwave backbone throughout southern Alberta, Canada, with over 1000
devices installed at present.
VP Bob Kitella writes:
We have been using OpenBSD for all of our routing, bridging, internet
servers, firewalls, VPN, etc. since we started the company.
Our growth had forced us to install a second fiber connection and
implement BGP. We have been running bgpd on OpenBSD since August 2004,
and bgpd has been extremely stable. To date, we have not had any
problems - it just works. We run bgpd on a P3 866 with 512 MB of RAM.
We route over 800 GB of internet bound traffic every month.
We are very impressed with the work that the OpenBSD project does, and
we appreciate the quality, stability, functionality and security that
the operating system provides for us, but more important, we are
grateful and appreciate the hard work and dedication of the team. Thank
- Undisclosed Company
The first thing I said was let's use Junipers, but
after seeing bgpd in action on a test machine I was hooked.
- CityNet, USA
CityNet is a local internet services provider located in Pittsburgh, PA.
G. Douglas Davidson writes:
We were in the situation where we needed to upgrade from a Cisco 3600
due to the expanding bgp routing table and a seriously lacking cpu. To
do what we needed to do would have required a Juniper or a high end
Cisco. Instead we tried OpenBSD with OpenBGPD and pf on a low end
Opteron processor. The result was nothing short of shocking! Three
full views with 700 Meg of memory to spare. CPU utilization between 5%
and 20%. The ability to alter traffic filters using pf without
worrying about the CPU. Full Unix-like environment with things like
tcpdump. In short, it's the best hardware, software decision we ever
made and it has literally changed the services we can offer. I very
much prefer OpenBSD, OpenBGPD, and pf to any other solution. It
actually brought tears to my eyes during our first few days of use.
It's that good.
- NTT Communications Global IP Network, Japan
NTT is a global IP carrier based in Tokyo, Japan.
Joseph Birthisel writes:
"Why tax a router with gathering statistical or operational data when
OpenBGPD can do it natively quickly and efficiently? OpenBGPD fulfills
the OpenBSD promise of providing reliability and security over flashy
buttons and knobs. I look with great interest at this project and have
high hopes for its continued success."
- Calyx Internet, Netherlands
Calyx is a Full-Service ISP in the Netherlands.
Alexander Grendel writes:
I just wanted to tell that I am a very happy user of
OpenBGPD (and OpenBSD for years). We started out with zebra on OpenBSD
2.8 or 2.9 and OpenBGPD since 3.8. Now we run OpenBSD 3.9 (since
yesterday) with OpenBGPD. Everything even remotely important
runs OpenBSD here ;) We also provide businesses with dsl and
soekris/openbsd routers etc etc. We are moving to a new server room at
one of the facilities that host the AMS-IX (and NL-IX) exchanges and I
will set up redundant CARP/BGP (maybe OSPF) for our network there. We
have around 160 peers and three transit providers and my life is sooo
much easier than it was with zebra! Thanks dude!
- Virtua SA, Switzerland
Virtua SA is a Swiss web development & network consulting company.
Marcel Prisi writes:
We just set up a local AS using OpenBSD/flashdist/OpenBGPd and the
experience was really great, simple "plug and play". The remote cisco &
juniper stuff never complained and everything has been working
flawlessly since then. Thumbs up to the OpenBSD / OpenBGPd people !
- Web Development Group, Australia
Web Development Group offers a full range of services across the entire
lifecycle of web projects.
Karl Kopp writes:
As a 'full service offering' company, every aspect of our business is
critical. Hence using Cisco routers was a simple choice 5 years ago when
we started offering enterprise hosting. But as our clients needs
continue to grow, our service offerings also need to improve. Looking at
upgrading our network infrastructure recently, I was shocked at the cost
of implementing BGP on our Cisco gear - the extra router, the RAM
upgrades, the maintenance! Having used OpenBSD as our internal firewall
for over 7 years, I was familiar with it, so decided to give OpenBGPd a
try and WOW, its impressive. Replacing our core router was SIMPLE, and
it just worked! For the cost of just the Cisco RAM upgrade and one year
support, we have a complete OpenBSD / OpenBGP based BGP infrastructure.
- INN AS, Norway
is a small ISP and media company.
Pete Vickers writes:
We mainly provide web-, image- and media- services for other
designers and publishers. We were unhappy with our old Cisco router
that was ineffective and biased traffic incorrectly over transit
lines. It didn't support a full BGP table and crashed if we added too
many peers. Now we run OpenBGP, with full tables and peering with
approx 40 peers (at NIX), and traffic runs much smoother.
- OndaRPC, Brazil
is one of the biggest ISPs in Brazil, offering web hosting, mission critical
services, WWW, FTP, E-Mail and other Internet Services.
Anderson Nadal writes:
We are currently using OpenBGPD in a High Availability Routing
Solution in our backbone.
We have changed from Cisco to Linux+Zebra and now to OpenBGP and we
are very satisfied.
- INFOM-IEO Campus, Italy
is a italian research institute.
Andrea Cocito writes:
We handle a "small" academic network whose connectivity relies on
about 150mbit of bandwith carried over 3 BGP peerings feeding us the
full routing table. We serve a cluster of cancer research
institutions which live mostly with public donations and research
The "routers" for this are two entry-level Sun/amd64 boxes costed
less than 1000 euro each which run FreeBSD and carp/OpenBGPD. We
never saw the load on the machines and/or memory grow beyond 5% on
the main router (the other just sits there waiting).
We are incredibly happy of the performance, stability and simplicity
of OpenBGPD and we really thank you for this piece of software which
saved us tens of thousands of euros that have been thus used for
research activities and otherwise would have gone in the pocket of
some big company now. The only time we had a configuration problem we
wrote to the OpenBSD mailing list and got an answer with the solution
38 minutes later, that "big company" support team should learn
- PL-IX (PoLish Internet eXchange), Poland
is the largest IX in Poland, located in several cities with
its central point in Warsaw.
Sylwester S. Biernacki writes:
In every city we have 2 OpenBGPD route-servers with fullytransparent
services - local pl-ix (peering between companies in one city)
and global pl-ix (peering with every company in PL-IX). BGP sessions
are made between member and PL-IX route-servers.
Our transit router (transits traffic from/to other Polish IX -
WIX), also based on OpenBGPD, serves 300Mbps in + 300Mbps out traffic
with ~100kpackets/s in and ~100kpackets/s and full bgp sessions,
and since we started it we forgot about that box - it just works.
OpenBGPD has given us very stable and reliable platform for PL-IX
members. During PL-IX startup help of OpenBGPD developers was
extremely useful, and what is the most important, response times for
our problems were amazing. Big companies with well-payed-support
should learn from you.
- ASPect, The Netherlands
is a dutch ASP- and hosting company.
Frans Haarman writes:
From the start we relied on OpenBPGD. It has proven itself as very stable, no
incidents whatsoever. Big compliments to Mr. Brauer!
- Red River Communications, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA
is a small ISP/WISP which services Lake Havasu City, AZ and surrounding areas.
Andrew Fresh writes:
We have been using OpenBGP since shortly before OpenBSD 3.9 was
released. We were upgrading our Internet connections and our existing
Cisco router was already struggling. We were looking at having to buy
a big new Cisco router to get the performance we needed. We were
instead able to buy three Dell servers and run OpenBGP on them for much
less cost and better redundancy than the Cisco router. The OpenBSD
solution has better performance, and as we continue to add bandwidth, we
should be able to continue using the current servers. We are running
three full views and everything Just Works.
- Easyspeedy, Copenhagen, Denmark
Easyspeedy is a business-to-business hosting company (dedicated servers only)
based entirely on OSS - both infrastructure wise and on the product line.
Per Engelbrecht writes:
Our entire BGP setup has been running FreeBSD/Zebra for a number of years
until we made the transition to OpenBGPD approximately 2 years ago [Jan.
2005]. Besides an immediate performance leap we gained significant production
advantages with tools like 'bgpctl' and 'pfctl' in our multihomed
environment. OpenBSD has with it's OpenBGPD, OpenOSPFD and OpenNTPD provided
us with a rock-solid and truly "One Stop Shopping" BGP solution
for our ever growing business-to-business hosting company.
- Undisclosed Company, UK
We are a managed service provider, delivering both front-office SaaS
and traditional hosting services across the EMEA region. High
availability is a big deal for us and our clients. As a result, in the
event of any downtime, our SLAs are backed off with compensation in hard
cash directly from our revenue stream.
In the first quarter of 2005 we took the decision to become an LIR and
provision our own multi-homing. Having already been familiar with the
reliability and performance of PF/CARP, as well as wishing to avoid the
overhead and vendor lock-in of certain big names, we gave OpenBGPD a go.
Three years later we are taking a number of full feeds, have seen out
provider outages and rolling upgrades, all without breaking a sweat or
disruption to our services. Many thanks to the OpenBSD team.
- Aquilenet, member of the
Aquilenet is a non profit organisation and a "do it yourself ISP",
member of a Federation of similar ISP in France called FFDN. We are
netneutrality builders, helping for more freedom and building networks.
Since 2011 our backbone network is stable due to our OpenBSD build on
CARP/pfsync/OSPF/pf magic, and our transit based on OpenBGPD.
The work of the community is quite impressive and we are really happy
to contribute to these projects. We encourage all ISP to use
OpenBSD/OpenBGPD as simple as efficient !