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?

The IX switching service itself is free. There are no port fees. The IX members will be in control of future decisions regarding this.

What do you need to participate?

You need your own AS (Autonomous System) number and your networks wired into Datahive. If you also want other services (such as Hurricane Electric transit), you may need to colocate your own router/switch as well (Datahive packages and pricing).

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.