YYCIX - an internet exchange for Calgary

What is an Internet Exchange?

An IX (Internet Exchange) allows multiple networks to interconnect directly via an ethernet switch, providing high-bandwidth and low-latency access at low cost.

What is the benefit?

Networks can exchange traffic faster and better. Many networks will come to the same place. Transit providers, DNS services, and content networks will choose this Calgary location because it has the most networks, providing long term value for all.

How is traffic exchanged?

Traffic exchange is facilitated by BGP (Border Gateway Protocol). Networks announce their own routes to each other, then traffic flows directly. Failures are handled transparently just like on the greater Internet.

How much does it cost?

Once a peering network is inside DataHive, there are no port or cross-connect fees, per the Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) signed with DataHive. There is also an addendum to the MOU with Datahive.

What do you need to participate?

You need your own AS (Autonomous System) number and to wire your network into DataHive. If you want additional services such as a direct transit provider connection, or to colocate your own router, switch, or servers please refer to DataHive's packages.

How do we join?

Please read the FAQ and if this is suitable extend your network into DataHive and we will connect you to the IX. Please direct any questions to peering@yycix.ca. All inquiries will be held confidential.