Ask anybody that knows IT well and they will tell you that today, a colocation facility
is only as good as its network.
Having just one single backbone provider is a good recipe for sheer disaster. It's not
if but WHEN will that single backbone provider go down...
That's why our data center offers full and 100 percent redundancy thanks to six of
Montreal's largest and strongest backbone providers.
On any given day, these six major backbones account for about 70 percent of all Internet
traffic that transits through the City of Montreal.
Our network consists of a fully operational BGP4 (Border Gateway Protocol) that fully
ensures 100 percent redundancy throughout all our network, 24 hours a day. Coupled to
that are Cisco high-speed Gig-E switches, high-capacity Cisco routers and secure Cisco
In order of importance, our six main backbone providers are:
Level 3 Communications
Videotron (VTL) Ltd.
The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP4) is the core routing protocol of the Internet. It works
by maintaining a table of IP networks which accurately designate network reachability among
autonomous systems. BGP doesn't use traditional IGP metrics, but makes routing decisions
based on path, network policies and precise rulesets.
BGP was created to replace the aging EGP routing protocol to allow fully decentralized
routing in order to allow the removal of the NSF-Net Internet backbone network. This allowed
the Internet to become a truly decentralized system. Most Internet users do not use BGP directly.
However, since most Internet service providers must use BGP to establish routing between one
another, it is one of the most important protocols of the Internet.