Participants have the choice to connect to VIX at either or both locations, while the redundant VIX infrastructure at both sites is provided and operated by the University of Vienna. The only requirement for a connection to VIX is a unique Autonomous System (AS) Number with already properly esablished global Internet connectivity. Participants are expected to use their VIX connection as a complementary tool for optimization of regional Internet traffic flows. The only routing protocol which may be used across the VIX infrastructure is BGP4.
See the prerequisites in detail.
The preferred method of connecting to VIX is to install a BGP4 peering router at one or both of the VIX locations and to directly connect the peering router port to the local VIX switch:
- VIX1: UniVie only offers limited housing, mainly for data communications equipment and peering routers.
- VIX2: Interxion offers all kinds of colocation services.
An alternative method to connect to VIX is to use a fiber optic cable or Layer 2/Ethernet carrier link (DWDM, EoMPLS, VLAN) from the BGP4 peering router abroad to one of the VIX locations.
Information about some carriers, which provide their services at one or both VIX locations, is listet in the Carrier Table.
To become a VIX Participant please read the "Terms and Consitions" below and follow the steps to fill in the VIX Connection Agreement. By sending the completed form you will get an e-mail with your VIX Connection Agreement. Then mail two printed and signed contracts to:
Universitaet Wien / University of Vienna
Zentraler Informatikdienst / Vienna Computer Center
ACOnet / VIX