DNS celebrates 25th birthday
Posted in: Domain Names at 31/01/2008 15:07
This week sees the Domain Name System (DNS) celebrating its 25th birthday. When it was established 25 years ago, and eight years before the World Wide Web, there were only a few hundred machines connected compared to around 130 million today.
Paul Mockapetris, chairman and chief scientist at Nominum, is credited with inventing the DNS in 1983. Marking this anniversary, Mockapetris shared his thoughts on the technology during a ceremony at the Oxford Internet Institute, discussing how it came to be, its impact on the internet and where it is headed according to vnunet.com.
"What started as a small project that few thought would be such an important aspect of communication, the DNS is now part of the internet's underlying infrastructure and provided an alternative to typing numerical IP addresses for every domain name," says the vnunet.com report.
"The DNS is the database for Internet communication technology and with billions of people using it everyday and millions of companies and organizations with registered domain names, the technology is ubiquitous in the developed world, continues to spread around the globe, and has given us the flexibility to change the way we communicate," said Mockapetris. "As more people come online they need rapid, intuitive and safe DNS services that don't require technical expertise." (source for this quote is i-technology).
To read more about the 25th anniversary of the DNS's creation, see www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2208383/dns-celebrates-25th-birthday and it.sys-con.com/read/491998.htm.