Through direct connections with the Seattle Internet Exchange (SIX), the Toronto Internet Exchange (TorIX) and the New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX), Cybera offers members a direct Internet connection to major websites such as Google, YouTube and Facebook.
When Cybera members sign up for the Peering Service, their Internet traffic to these sites is split from their other commercial Internet traffic. These direct connections mean that content will load faster, even during peak times.
This video on the Amsterdam Internet Exchange explains the peering process:
Testing has shown that commercial Internet traffic for early phase adopters of the Peering Service has been reduced by 40 to 65 percent, by directly connecting with heavily visited Internet sites.
The Peering Service is exclusively available to public sector and not-for-profit organizations that are members of Cybera.
Technical requirements and set up
- A physical network connection to CyberaNet or the Alberta SuperNet is required.
- The member institution needs its own public IP address.
- When the Peering Service is set up with the required routing system, the member will be connected to both CyberaNet as well as their commercial Internet Service Provider. This will require the Internet Service Provider to be set up for multi-homing. Cybera will provide the documentation required for this set up. This does not apply to members who are in the Internet Buying Group.
- Once the physical connection is set up, the connection is finalized and tested.
An example of CyberaNet at work can be viewed below. This network traffic map shows a live feed of the network activity between Cybera’s transit exchange. This data shown in this traffic map is refreshed every five minutes.