MBIX expands to 360 Portage

MBIX is pleased to announce it has expanded to a third peering location at 360 Portage Avenue. This co-location facility is operated by Manitoba Hydro Telecom (MHT), on the 24th floor of the Manitoba Hydro building.

MBIX is now able to connect members at 360 Portage, at 1G or 10G speeds, and we eagerly await the first connection request.

This expansion is the result of months of planning, involving MOUs, fibre splicing and testing, switch and optics purchases, and operational migration of existing members at 294P.  Dark fibre has been donated by LES.NET and MHT to MBIX allowing 40 Gigabit capacity between the three sites, giving MBIX capacity to handle large increases in traffic.

While upgrading to 40G links between sites, we upgraded the equipment at each site as we required QSFP+ ports. MBIX is operating Cisco Nexus switches. The following table describes the new MBIX equipment:

Location Co-location Provider Equipment
167 Lombard GSC Nexus 93180YC-EX
294 Portage LES.NET Nexus 3064-X
360 Portage MHT Nexus 3064-X

This new hardware gives MBIX plenty of capacity for the future, reasonably accommodating a 10-fold increase in traffic.

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