Hive’s network performance

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Hive operates its own independent BGP network (AS33185). Our network is available in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec city for maximum reachability and redundancy.

In this blog post we will go over how our network is built and its performance.

Latency is king

Yes, bandwidth is fun, but a 10Gbps pipe doesn’t serve you any good if each request needs 100ms to go back and forth. If your latency is too high, you’ll never be able to use your full bandwidth and user experience will be poor.

Thanks to our extensive peering, we have extremely low latency to all major local networks. Here is some sample data that demonstrates the latency of our network to major internet players from our main site in Montreal

NetworkLatency
Cloudflare (1.1.1.1)0.8ms
Google (8.8.8.8)1.0ms
Quad9 (9.9.9.9)1.1ms
Amazon (AWS CA Central)1.3ms
Microsoft (Azure Canada East)4.2ms
OVH (BHS)1.7ms

A variety of providers is also very important for redundancy. Hive uses 5 Tier 1 providers and peers at all local internet exchanges available in its POPs

Our backbone links exclusively use Wave and Dark fiber technologies. To avoid jitter and oversubscription, we never use Layer 2 / MPLS services, ensuring maximum stability.

According to bgp.he.net, Hive is part of Canada’s top 10 most peered networks. What does this mean? In short Hive is directly connected to over 200 other networks, reducing the need to rely on 3rd party providers, increasing stability and reducing cost.

Want to test our network’s latency? Our speedtest.net server in Montreal is available for testing: speedtest.hivedatacenter.com

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