CIRA contributes to development of next-generation Domain Name Server architecture
CIRA contributes to development of next-generation Domain Name Server software
Ottawa, April 22, 2009 – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), is investing $1 million over the next five years towards the development of BIND 10, the next leap forward in Domain Name Server (DNS) software. CIRA will also contribute development resources to this project led by the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC; www.isc.org/about/pr/2009042200).
CIRA is responsible for operating the dot-ca Internet domain, a key public resource for all Canadians. The BIND DNS software is used by the vast majority of name servers on the Internet to connect computers with each other. It has formed the foundation of CIRA’s authoritative DNS, the infrastructure that provides Internet users around the world with access to dot-ca domains. Open source like its predecessors, BIND 10 will also be modular and highly scalable and will provide simple methods for configuration management and integration with other systems.
“CIRA is committed to participating in valuable and innovative, global projects that are rooted in the public interest and that will further the evolution of DNS,” said Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA. “BIND 10 is critical to the infrastructure of the Internet and essential for CIRA to provide a robust, high-performance DNS that will ensure the availability of dot-ca domains to all Canadians.”
A multi-year project, BIND 10 will be designed to serve the needs of dynamic and growing Internet-dependent businesses, with simple design goals that include a secure, flexible and resilient DNS server that integrates easily into the workflow and maintenance of the complex networks that organizations demand.
Along with other leading industry sponsors, CIRA will serve on a steering committee to oversee the development of BIND 10 from the very beginning, working with ISC to ensure it will best serve the needs of the diverse Internet community.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is the not-for-profit, member-driven organization that manages Canada’s dot-ca domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and represents the dot-ca registry internationally.
Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation widely known for world-class Internet software engineering and network operations. ISC produces only open-source software, of which BIND and ISC DHCP are the two best-known examples. Their emphasis is on Internet core technology. ISC’s widely-imitated Managed Open Source process ensures the quality of this software while keeping it completely open and available. ISC operates high-reliability global networks of DNS root servers (F-root) and authoritative DNS servers (SNS@ISC) both for non-profit and for commercial enterprises. ISC is also very involved in ongoing Internet protocol and standards development, particularly in the areas of DNSSEC and IPv6. ISC is supported by donations from generous sponsors, by program membership fees, and by specific fees for services. For program or donation information, please visit the ISC website at http://www.isc.org.
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