On Tuesday Oct 13th at approximately 3 AM MST GearHost began experiencing a routing blackhole through our upstream provider (Zayo IP). This was due to an equipment failure on the regional transit providers router which was outside of GearHost’s control. Due to the nature of the failure, routing protocols did not recognize the outage and traffic destined to and from the internet was blackholed in the peer router. Once the issue was identified, GearHost de-peer’d from the affected upstream at all peering points which restored regular traffic for GearHost customers.
Partial or total loss of connectivity
This outage was due to traffic being dropped by a routing peer while maintaining routing protocols. Normally dynamic routing would detect an outage and internet traffic would route around it. When an issue with an upstream provider drops or “blackholes” traffic without sending routing updates, the only way to mitigate it is to identify where the traffic is being dropped and manually intervene with routing changes at our borders.
Depeering with Zayo IP at the blendwidth border routers.
Upstream provider equipment failure dropping traffic while maintaining dynamic routing protocols