Advanced BGP Features

BGP support was initially introduced in Cilium 1.10 and subsequent improvements have been made since, such as the recent introduction of IPv6 support in Cilium 1.12 and Service IP Advertisements in Cilium 1.13.

In Cilium 1.14, we introduced more BGP features, including:

– BGP Timers Customization
– eBGP Multihop
– BGP Graceful Restart

In Cilium 1.15, the following features are being added:

– BGP Peering Security with MD5
– BGP Communities Support

In this lab, the user will learn about both these new features and how they can simplify their network connectivity operations.

VersionOpen Source

Main steps in the lab

01⌚️ Cilium BGP Timers

Deploy BGP and modify the default BGP timers

02🚦 Cilium BGP Graceful Restart

Enable BGP Graceful Restart!

03🔏 BGP MD5 password

Secure BGP sessions with an MD5 password

04🏘️ Cilium BGP Commmunities

Enable BGP Communities