Now we have equipment

Quick update. Our core ethernet switch has arrived, and is being installed now in our newly configured rack. We are now very close to turning on the exchange. Akamai now has hardware present at the exchange.

CIRA supporting MBIX

Much time has passed without an official update of the website. We had been hesitant to say too much prematurely, before bits were actually flowing accross the exchange. However, in 2013 we have been making the final arragements, and nearly have everything in place.

We can tell everyone that CIRA has joined MBIX as a seeding sponsor, helping the project get off the ground with advice, connection with the wider Canadian internet community, and funding. Through there help the projecthas gotten much more professional than our oringinal plan, and we are going to start with a lot of wishlist items already in place.

Equipment for routing and switching has been ordered, and is in the delivery chain, we expect delivery to Winnipeg in roughly a month.

Number resources from ARIN have been aquired. IPv4 and IPv6 for the peering fabric, and a second set for the services network.

The core switch will be located in the Grain Exchange Building at 167 Lombard Ave. The colo provider will be Global Server Center, who will provide a secure, managed facility for MBIX hardware.

MBIX mailing lists are now available

We now have MBIX mailing lists available for MBIX members’ use. Subscription to all except News requires moderator approval. We hope these lists will be useful to the MBIX membership. Suggestions of how to make them more functional or useful are welcomed.

Bill St Arnaud emphasises Internet Exchange Points’ importance

One of Canada’s more prominent voices advocating for the future of Internet technology is Bill St. Arnaud. Today he posts on his blog saying that Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and Content Distribution Networks (CDNs) are major factors in the future development of the Internet. The reasons he mentions are the same thoughts behind MBIX.

P.S. — Stay tuned to MBIX. Things are happening which we’ll tell you about soon!