What is the Toronto Internet Exchange (TorIX) ?

The Toronto Internet Exchange Community (TorIX) is a not-for-profit Internet Exchange Point (IXP) located in a carrier hotel at 151 Front Street West and at Equinix's TR2 data centre at 45 Parliament Street, both in downtown Toronto, Canada. Founded in 1997, TorIX is currently comprised of 223 unique organizations ("peers"), with peak traffic rates of 531 Gbit/s and is the largest IXP in Canada. According to Wikipedia's List of Internet Exchange Points by Size, TorIX is the 18th largest IXP in the world by numbers of peers, and if multi-city IXP's are eliminated, TorIX ranks 4th in the world. The Exchange is organized and run by industry professionals in a (mostly) voluntary capacity.

Within 151 Front St. West, we are located within facilities operated by Equinix and Cologix, or via the building's meet-me-room. Connections to our leaf nodes are available at Neutral Data Centres and Frontier Networks as well.

For those at Equinix TR2 we are easily reached from any point within the building through Equinix's own MMR facilities.

The speed of a peer connection is only limited by the port type. TorIX charges an annual fee for that port connection, not for the amount of traffic sent or received through the Exchange. Port speeds of GigabitEthernet (GE), Ten GigabitEthernet (10GE) and Hundred GigabitEthernet (100GE) are available, including in multi-port bonded configurations. Fees are put toward operating costs and future equipment purchases. We encourage peers to maximize their use of the Exchange by using the TorIX BGP route-servers and/or adopting routing policies which promote their traffic to flow over the IX rather than their priced-per-megabit Internet transit links. In terms of value, "eye ball" networks can see between 10% and 60%, or more, of their traffic shift from their expensive Internet transit links to TorIX. Content providers see value in TorIX due to our very large membership and "eye balls" those organizations represent.

The IX is Ethernet-based and currently operates two primary core nodes using Cisco Nexus 7010 switches, which offer fiber 1GE, 10GE ports and 100GE ports. In addition there are several edge and leaf nodes, using Cisco Nexus 9200 and 9300 series switches.

High-profile members of TorIX include Google/Youtube, Akamai, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo!, Hurricane Electric, Limelight Networks, Twitch, the Ontario Research & Innovation Optical Network (ORION), Allstream/Zayo, Beanfield, CANARIE, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), CIK Telecom, CIRA, CloudFlare, Cogeco, Comwave, Distributel, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Eastlink, GTAnet, iWeb, LARG*net, LeaseWeb, LinkedIN, Magna International, OVH, Peel District School Board, Persona, PostMedia (National Post), Primus, Regiion of Peel, RISQ, Rogers, Seaside Communications, Shaw, Sheridan College, Softlayer, Source Cable, Sun Life, TekSavvy, Vianet, Videotron, WINDmobile and Zscaler.

For more information or general questions/comments/concerns, we can be reached at:

peering [at] torix.ca