Currently, nearly all Internet traffic in Ottawa is back-hauled through
Toronto or Montreal (and in many cases, on through to the US before coming
back to Canada). In such a situation, Ottawa « - »
Toronto bandwidth is too valuable a resource to needlessly waste on
same-city Internet traffic. Finally, however, we can avoid this senseless
waste of resources by having networks in Ottawa connect directly with each other.
This benefits Internet-connected entities in several ways:
- Most Internet transit through large backbone providers (UUNet, Sprint, AT&T, Bell) can be
quite costly. By utilizing a single-point public peering situation, transit costs can be greatly
reduced, as the more expensive transit bandwidth can be spared;
- Networks will be closer together. In the typical situation, these circuits will be less
saturated than a network's primary uplinks. This will provide all parties concerned with faster,
more constant transfer rates;
- The addition of a connection to OttIX can make any entity more stable. It provides for the
capability to continue functioning fully to Ottawa-based sites when other traffic routing or
network issues arise; and,
- In this instance, communications between entities through OttIX never leaves the country,
not subjecting communications to laws of another country.
Architecturally, OttIX is a distributed layer-2 IPv4 multicast and unicast IX, as well as an
IPv6 multicast and unicast IX. Any peer that wishes to use either protocol
or all four, is welcome to do so.
Total OttIX traffic for the past 24 hours:
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