University of Alberta staff, faculty and students are starting the new year with a faster, more direct connection to major internet sites, like Amazon, Facebook and Google thanks to a new network service provided by Cybera.
Cybera recently purchased and installed a transit exchange in Calgary, which allows Cybera to aggregate connected members' commercial Internet traffic and pass it directly to an Internet Service Provider (ISP), such as Telus, Shaw, Bell, or ENMAX Envision. Cybera has also arranged a peering connection with the Seattle Internet Exchange (SIX), which connects directly with major Internet sites, such as Google, Microsoft, and YouTube. As a result, Cybera members ' like the University of Alberta ' will be able to take advantage of these direct connections and avoid the inevitable queuing for bandwidth that takes place during peak use periods on the regular commercial Internet.
'This is a great opportunity for Cybera to continue our close working relationship with the University of Alberta and to provide the best possible service to our members,' says Robin Winsor, President and CEO of Cybera.
For the University of Alberta, the direct connection to Google is key as the institution recently changed its campus email services over to a Gmail system, which is supported and maintained by Google. Overall, on-campus users will now be able to connect to high-traffic sites in a fraction of the time it took before, and the university will benefit from better-utilized Internet connections and less bursty traffic flows.
'We are currently seeing about 30 per cent of our commercial traffic using this new peering link and will have more reliable data as the semester ramps up over the next few weeks,' says Trevor Woods, Executive Director of Academic Information and Communication Technologies (AICT). 'The benefits to the university have been to lessen the current and future strain on our commercial Internet connections and it has given us faster access to six major traffic sites, such as Google.'
To take advantage of this transit exchange service, a connection to CyberaNet, the advanced network operated by Cybera, or to the Alberta SuperNet, is required. Cybera's partnership with BCNET, the advanced network in British Columbia, allows Cybera to transmit members' Internet traffic beyond Alberta to the SIX. Looking ahead, Cybera is also investigating partnering with CANARIE, Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network, to establish a peering connection with the Toronto Internet Exchange (TorIX).