Hamburg, Germany – October 24, 2023 – CIRA and SIDN, registries of the Canadian .CA domain and the Dutch .NL domain respectively, are proud to announce the formation of a new partnership to collaboratively develop, promote and support the current CIRA Registry Platform. The code base and intellectual property of the product, internally known at CIRA as Fury, will be transferred to a jointly owned and managed corporation based in Canada.
Under the mutual cooperation and development agreement, SIDN will be migrating .NL, the fourth largest country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) in the world, to the new, jointly owned and developed registry platform. When migration is complete, .NL will be running on a new cloud-based version of the current CIRA Registry Platform with the functionality and features SIDN requires to manage the registry effectively.
Future-ready registry platform
The new partnership between two of the world’s leading ccTLDs solidifies the CIRA Registry Platform as among the best in the industry. CIRA and SIDN are similar organizations in many ways with complementary values, priorities and objectives that will serve both Canada and the Netherlands well as they embark upon their new partnership. SIDN and CIRA will collaborate to develop new features, integrate new technologies and expand the market opportunity for the improved platform for years to come. Bundling expertise, development capacity and investment power will advance and solidify the platform’s position as an industry leader.
Replacement of DRS5
After an extensive process to determine the successor to SIDN’s current registry platform, DRS5, it was determined that the best course of action was to partner with an existing registry to co-develop a new system. CIRA was chosen because of its industry-leading technology, internal expertise and shared values. Both organizations also have a well-established history of collaboration to advance innovation and the values of the open internet.
The combined strength of SIDN and CIRA will allow for faster development, shared resources, lower costs and shared risk for both organizations, ensuring the future growth and security of both .CA and .NL. This will provide tangible benefits to both registrants and registrars of .CA and .NL domains as the underlying technology will be more robust and resilient than ever before.