What Is Routing Analysis?

Written by Caitlin Davidson

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Routing Analysis Defined

A routing analysis is a type of network analysis that determines the optimal path or route, from one network location to another or multiple locations. The main mission of routing analysis is to listen to protocol exchanges between routers for the purposes of network discovery, mapping, real-time monitoring and routing diagnostics.

There are 3 types of routing:

  1. Static routing – Is the process in which a user manually add routes in routing table.
  2. Default routing – Is the method where the router is configured to send all packets towards a single router.
  3. Dynamic routing – Is the automatic adjustment of the routes according to the current state of the route in the routing table.

The main features of a route analytics system are:

  • Real-time and accurate discovery of routed networks
  • Visualization of primary and redundant paths
  • Visibility into current and historical routing information (e.g. LSAs, AS Externals)
  • Detection of routing events, failures or protocol anomalies impacting paths or reach-ability
  • Ability to handle multiple protocols’ routing such as OSPF, IS-IS, or BGP

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