Zirro joins MBIX

MBIX is happy to announce another local ISP has connected to the peering fabric. Zirro (AS395588) is a startup ISP in Winnipeg. They’ve connected with two 10 G links, paired using LACP to make a logical 20 Gbps connection to the 167 Lombard switch.

Great to see that new networks recognize the value in connecting to MBIX. Keeping local traffic local improves performance, adds redundancy, and helps build the Canadian internet.

Annual General Meeting

Thursday May 4th, 2017
3 to 6 p.m.
AGM to start at 3:30 p.m

King’s Head Pub
Open to all interested in IXs

There are 3 Board of Director positions open for election.
Jacques Latour from CIRA will give an update on Canadian IXs.

Commstream joins MBIX

MBIX is pleased to announce our newest member Commstream (AS32773) is now connected to our peering fabric. This announcement is a bit late, they were operational the second week of February.

They’ve connected at 10 Gbps to the core switch at 167 Lombard. They’re peering with the route servers on IPv4 today, IPv6 in the future.

Commstream serves many rural Manitoban communities, mostly north of Winnipeg.  They offer internet service as well as TV and phone services over their coax plant.

It’s great to see another Manitoba ISP joining MBIX, taking active steps to improve internet infrastructure in Canada.

Verisign connects to MBIX

In partnership with MBIX, Verisign has connected to the MBIX peering LAN and has brought up its first IPv4 peering sessions, with IPv6 to follow soon.

Verisign is a major DNS operator, providing service to the largest TLDs .com, and .net.  The newly active server is part of their global infrastructure, and this Verisign RIRS Winnipeg node will provide very quick responses to MBIX-connected networks and their customers.  This server will answer queries for .com and .net names, as well as the root zone of DNS using the j.root-servers.net anycast name.

MBIX is providing space, power and management access to server, though the generosity of MBIX members.  Verisign has provided the hardware, and will manage the service, at no cost to MBIX.  DNS is used by nearly all internet services, and interruptions in the DNS can cause major outages. This collaboration will result in better performance for internet users in Manitoba, and also provide more resilience in the face of natural disaster or denial-of-service attacks.

Welcome to Canada, Verisign, hope to see you at more Canadian IXPs soon!