Interconnecting networks to reduce costs and improve performance for the benefit of our community
A region that is an essential destination in the global internet ecosystem
VANIX is a not for profit internet exchange corporation operated by an experienced group of network and business professionals from prominent internet businesses throughout Canada. VANIX provides internet and network-based businesses the ability to confidently connect to a professional and responsive local internet exchange.
The VANIX community of peers is a strong, dependable, and diverse group of companies and organizations that are dedicated to improving the Internet in Canada through collaboration and cooperation. This makes the exchange an oasis of neutrality within the competitive landscape and key technology portal between Canada and the world.
Many thanks to all our volunteers, and to the companies who support their work!
VANIX Participants & Members
Participants in good standing can choose to become Members, by request. Members may vote at Annual General Meetings.
Pursuant to the By-laws:
“Membership in the corporation shall be available to those organizations that have agreed to exchange communications network traffic at exchange point(s) operated and designated by the Corporation for that purpose from time to time and have applied and have been accepted by the Board for membership in the Corporation. Members may be admitted in such manner as may be prescribed by the Board by resolution. Each member is entitled to receive notice of, attend and vote at all meetings of members and each such member shall be entitled to one vote at such meetings.”
We invite organizations who may qualify for membership under the By-laws to apply. If your organization wishes to join, please visit our Getting Connected page. Please note that members are required to assign a Designated Member representative (“DMR”) for its formal dealings with VANIX.
On August 29, 2015, Vancouver Internet Exchange (“VANIX”) was incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act to facilitate peering at the VANIX exchange and to promote related activities. This new Corporation was created to promote Public Peering in Vancouver, BC through a distributed switch fabric that joins and extends the original Peer1 and BCNET peering points.
– After inquiries about merging their two exchanges, BCNET and Peer1 hold a Town Hall style meeting to discuss a combined Exchange, which results in a great deal of interest
– A volunteer Steering Committee forms to take the necessary steps to create the Exchange Point
– First meeting of Steering Committee
– Registration of vanix.ca
– ARIN allocates IP address space for the Exchange
– Peer1 donates a fibre optic switch and LR optics, Skyway West donates collocation space and power in Harbour Centre MMR 6B. Existing connections to PIX in 6B is re-purposed to connect to this switch
– VANIX goes “live” and website www.vanix.ca in operation
– Cologix donates space and power at 1050 West Pender St., and a dark fibre ring to connect to Harbour Centre.
– Extension to Cologix site announced
– VANIX is announced at NANOG Peering Track
– BCNET donates a fibre optic switch and LR optics, and expands its offering to include bilateral peering, as well as continuing to offer its existing multilateral peering over the new Exchange connection
– Juniper Networks donates a fibre optic switch and LR optics for the Cologix site, VANIX’s initial core network is completed. Plentyoffish Media donates additional high-speed optics for redundant paths.
– VANIX First User Group and Launch Event
– Over 5Gbps on VANIX
– Governance Committee formed to develop By-Laws, funding model, and complete incorporation
– Initial BoD formed and Officers identified
– Steering Committee decommissioned and renamed to Technical and Operations Committee
– VANIX incorporation completed
– First route server in operation
– Online traffic graphs publicly available
– First AGM with first election for BOD