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SIDN Signs Up For nic.at Anycast Network RcodeZero In More Industry Consolidation

The Dutch and Austrian ccTLD managers, SIDN and nic.at, have signed a cooperation agreement under which all domains managed by SIDN will additionally be hosted on the nic.at anycast network RcodeZero DNS. The agreement was announced by SIDN’s CEO Roelof Meijer and nic.at CEO Richard Wein on the sidelines of the ICANN meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“We are very happy and proud to offer our technical services to the third largest European ccTLD,” says Richard Wein, CEO of nic.at. The agreement covers the almost 6 million domains registered under .nl, .amsterdam, .aw and .politie and sees SIDN becoming the biggest customer of the RcodeZero TLD DNS network. A network which already hosts twelve different TLDs at thirteen highly available redundant locations all over the world.

Roelof Meijer, SIDN’s CEO, explains the reasons why they decided for RcodeZero DNS: “First of all, it was important for us to have a partner under EU jurisdiction and data protection law. Secondly, we were impressed by nic.at’s technical know-how and flexibility, as well as their readiness to develop their product further based on our needs.” In recent years, SIDN has constantly been improving and optimising its DNS infrastructure with anycast partners to guarantee the best possible availability of .nl domains.

RcodeZero DNS will soon be expanded with additional nodes in Australia and South America to provide better performance and lower latency for customers in those areas, too. However, RcodeZero DNS, had other attractions for a technician, as confirmed by Marc Groeneweg, Coordinator of DNS Ops Team at SIDN: “It’s important for us to have comprehensive statistics and real-time DNS traffic information to further analyse our infrastructure, as a basis for continued improvement of our infrastructure.“

The technical work of integrating all Dutch domains into the network has just been completed and the set-up is now ready for public production.

The agreement is a sign of further consolidation and expansion within the top level domain registry industry, using their experiences in areas such as security among others. In the security area, a big issue for business worldwide, the domain name business is one of the leading providers of online security solutions. Some registries, such as nic.at and SWITCH, the Swiss registry operator, also run CERTs.

Others, such as CIRA, the Canadian ccTLD manager, has been active in recent months signing agreements with Uniregistry, DNS.PT (Portugal’s .pt) and InternetNZ (New Zealand’s .nz) to provide global domain name system services. SIDN itself has acquired a controlling stake in Connectis, one of the Netherlands' leading suppliers of secure log-in solutions and redesigned SPIN, their open-source system for protecting the internet and end-users against insecure IoT devices in home networks. And DENIC, the German (.de) ccTLD manager, has been approved as an authorised New gTLD Data Escrow Agent to offer both to ICANN-accredited registrars and registries an escrow service which fully complies with the European legal framework.

Austrian Registry nic.at Injects Humour Into Their Anycast Service

nicat AustriaWith the 2018 Domain Pulse set for 22 and 23 February in Munich, Domain Pulse recalled a video released by the Austrian ccTLD registry nic.at during the 2017 Domain Pulse last year to promote RcodeZero Secondary. That we forgot to promote.

RcodeZero Secondary is a product of IPCom, a subsidiary of nic.at. The RcodeZero Anycast network has been developed by nic.at’s R&D department and has been successfully in use for the .at zone. External name service monitoring by RIPE NCC proves that .at is one of the most reliable top level domains.

So the video was released in the early days of the Trump presidency and is a humorous look at RcodeZero Secondary. Warning. Trump fans should stay away!

And don’t forget. The 2018 Domain Pulse is happening soon at BMW Welt in Munich.

Austria’s Internet Celebrating 4 Anniversaries in 2018

30 years ago Austria’s ccTLD was delegated. In 1998, the Austrian Registry nic.at was founded along with the reporting hotline for illegal content, Stopline. And then 10 years later CERT.at (Austria’s Computer Emergency Response Team) was founded. Continue reading Austria’s Internet Celebrating 4 Anniversaries in 2018

2018 Domain Pulse Motors Into View With Focus On Digital Future

The 2018 Domain Pulse conference is motoring into view and will be held at BMW World in Munich on 22 and 23 March. The annual conference this year is organised by DENIC, the German registry with a focus on the digital future as well as the state of the domain name industry. The conference rotates between Germany, Switzerland (SWITCH) and Austria (nic.at).

The free conference is a great way of getting to know the German-speaking domain name market with a few hundred people from registries, registrars and resellers, domain investors and a range of other participants from the domain name world. And fear not if you’re not a German speaker. Most, if not all, presentations in German are translated into English [this writer certainly hopes so!] and there are plenty of great opportunities to network and get to know the key players in the German, Swiss and Austrian domain name industries, including the usual evening event. Already around 250 people have registered.

The conference, as always, has a focus on presentations and panels dealing with domain names, but also covers a range of other topics. This year there will be a look at the future with presentations on the governance of the Internet of Things, a futurologist looking at “digital enlightenment”, smart mobility and connected driving, another on security, terrorism and fear and another on privacy and security in the digital space.

And of course, there will be presentations on domain names with one of the most important and interesting topical discussions likely to be on the upcoming European General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR is intended to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals in the European Union. This has an impact on any business that stores personal information on European citizens and the domain name business.

And that’s just day one! Day 2 will kick off with a presentation from Wolfgang Kleinwächter who will look at internet governance in 2018. There will also be a panel discussion on the notice and takedown debate from a registry perspective involving representatives from dotSaarland, DENIC, SWITCH, SIDN, DNS Belgium and Nominet, a discussion on how to overcome registration growth slowdown and an update on what’s been happening in 2017 from the 3 co-hosts.

To register for the free 2018 Domain Pulse, check out the programme and nearby hotels, or even see who else is going, go to:

nic.at Introduces New Partnerfinder Tool To Help Registrants Find The Right Registrar

For many domain name registrants, finding the registrar that best suits their requirements can be a minefield. They might find a cheaper registrar, but then find the registrar doesn’t offer services they require, or the support they need. So the Austrian ccTLD registry, nic.at, has set about making this process easier with their new “Partnerfinder” service.

Partnerfinder works by a would-be registrant typing in their desired .at domain name. From there, 2 options come up – choose whether you want to register at the second level (.at) and/or third level (.or.at or .co.at) and then to register “register your domain with a .at-partner” or registrar.

Choosing the second option means clicking on “to .at partnerfinder” and then you have a myriad of options to choose what suits you best. Are you wanting to register the domain name for personal or business reasons? Do you want email, a website builder/blog service, personal consulting, hosting, English-speaking support, search engine optimisation… there are over 20 options.

“The service came about because we realised that registrants, or potential registrants, weren’t just looking for a domain name. They were looking for a solution,” said Richard Wein, CEO of the Austrian country code top level domain manager nic.at. “That solution could be a new website, an email address, a web space to store something. The list goes on.”

“We were having a lot of traffic on our site looking for domain names, and to take advantage of this we wanted to push these people to the registrars that offered the service that, in particular, new customers are looking for.”

“A second reason was we’d promised our registrars we’d do something for them. Following long discussions with several registrars Partnerfinder was born. Another initiative that came out of these discussions was a banner advertising campaign for specific target audiences such as bloggers, start-up founders, techies, lawyers and so on.”

Daily Stormer Booted From .AT

The Austrian ccTLD registry, nic.at, has booted The Daily Stormer’s .at domain name. The Daily Stormer has been booted by quite a few domain name companies, from registries to registrars and even Cloudflare.

The Daily Stormer’s .at domain name was deleted Monday, AP reported, “after Austrian politicians reported the white supremacist platform’s presence,” according to nic.at’s Head of PR & Marketing Monika Pink-Rank. The domain name was originally registered at the end of August.

The problems for The Daily Stormer started following the horrendous events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and an article was published attacking Heather Heyer, the anti-racism activist that was killed Saturday while demonstrating against the “alt-right” white nationalist movement.

The alt-right white nationalist group was first booted by registrars GoDaddy and then Google who deleted their .com domain names. They then briefly tried a .ru domain, which was also quickly deleted.

But it’s the booting from Cloudflare’s service that is the most controversial. Clouflare provides a number of services that few others do

“What I find troubling is that I woke up this morning and said we’ll kick them off our service and that will effectively kick them off the internet,” Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince told TechCrunch in August. “[The day] sucked and I worry we made an arbitrary decision.”

“If I’m self-critical, it’s a decision we should have a framework around,” Prince added. “How can we do it in a more disciplined and thorough and predictable and transparent way?”

It was the first time Cloudflare had booted a customer. Techcrunch noted that “Cloudflare’s primary service is a content delivery network that helps websites load quickly, but it also protects them against rushes of traffic, including DDoS attacks designed to knock them offline. The site claims to handle around 10 percent of the internet’s total traffic, with over six million websites using its products, which include free and priced tiers.”

“Because of the precise nature of Cloudflare’s business, and the scarcity of competitors, its role censoring internet speech is not just new, it’s terrifying”, according to an opinion piece in the New York Times.

“What makes Cloudflare an essential part of the internet is its ability to block malicious traffic from barraging clients’ websites with requests that take them offline. Cloudflare is one of the few companies in the world that provide this kind of reliable protection. If you don’t want your website to get taken down by extortionists, jokers, political opposition or hackers, you have to hire Cloudflare or one of its very few competitors.”

As nic.at Grows, New Website Comes Online To Unify Branding

nicat Austria logoWhat was just the Austrian ccTLD registry, nic.at has grown in recent years. Established in 1998 it has added ipcom GmbH, the subsidiary tasked with taking RcodeZero DNS to market, in 2004. What began as a basic Anycast service with only a few locations is now a powerful network with a host of additional services for a stable DNS.

Then in 2011 with the new gTLD programme about to launch they established a sister company tldbox GmbH. tldbox GmbH provides registry services for the new generic top level domains, supporting applicants in their applications and providing a comprehensive registry system.

And recently they added .versicherung to nic.at’s stable to go with .at, .co.at and .or.at.

And as it grew there was a mish mash of logos, visuals and brand images with nothing tying them together, nothing showing they’re all “related”.

So today nic.at launches a new website, bringing together all its brands. Each brand is now clearly positioned, with its own objectives and core messages.

Building the site from scratch Mario Öhlschläger, the technical manager for the website relaunch project, said they “ended up writing over half a million lines of code” as well as a complete rethinking of “the whole ‘login’ situation.” User friendliness was improves, processes simplified for customers and adapting the framework.

“So calling it a ‘relaunch’ wouldn’t be accurate. We weren’t able to use any of the old packages so we basically had to rebuild the site from scratch.”

And for Europeans, nic.at is even giving away beer coasters and asking for photos of how they’ll be used, some of which will be posted on their Facebook page with prizes up for grabs for the most liked photos.

There’s more information on the rebranding exercise in the latest nic//report, available for download from:

DENIC Doubles Provision Of Secondary Anycast Services Through .EU Contract

At the recent Domain Pulse conference in Vienna, there were discussions on how domain name registration growth rates for ccTLDs has been rather stagnant for a few years. One of the issues raised was what opportunities were there for ccTLD registries to look outside their own market for business opportunities.

SIDN, the .nl registry, has expanded by co-creating a DNS billing service in the Netherlands and taking over an e-identity company with 12 million users. Others, such as the Austrian country code Top Level Domain registry nic.at, have set up as new generic Top Level Domain registries.

And DENIC, the German ccTLD manager, has also been expanding. This week the .de registry announced it has won the contract to provide shared use of its global anycast mesh for the .eu and Cyrillic script .ею (xn--e1a4c) TLDs. DENIC now provides DNS slave services covering some 6.5m domains for seven TLD clients, in addition to running its own .de nameservice for more than 16.1m domains under management (DUM). Providing the service for EURid more than doubles the provision of this service to other TLDs and increases its contribution to the security and stability of the internet as a whole. The provision of the services to EURid is to date DENIC’s largest customer.

The improved network performance achieved by anycast routing eventually benefits every user of the Internet: via reduced processing times of DNS queries, multiplied back-up capacities to deal with load peaks, and enhanced resilience for optimum DDoS mitigation.

Third-party TLD operators running ccTLDs, gTLDs or Brand TLDs can benefit from DENIC’s DNS anycast slave services since 2010, under a cost-sharing scheme, using either the full set of DENIC’s authoritative global name servers, as a primary service, or picking dedicated ones as a supplement to their own network, in order to enlarge its footprint, resilience, and robustness. Growing numbers of customers and DUM also result in economies of scale for all connected TLD users which makes the shared use of DENIC’s network even more attractive.

Next to providing global anycast network presence, DENIC’s DNS slave service includes 24/7 monitoring and support as well as customised web APIs for advanced monitoring and statistics to meet clients’ operational needs.

Presently, the shared global anycast mesh run by DENIC includes 12 locations spread across the EMEA region (Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Moscow, Stockholm, Vienna), Asia Pacific (Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul) and the Americas (Los Angeles, Miami, São Paulo). These locations are pooled in one IPv6 and two IPv4 anycast clouds, respectively.

Sited close to leading Internet exchange points, all network locations use high bandwidths, support IPv6 and are fully DNSSEC-enabled.


Domain Pulse 2017 Conference Comes To Vienna In February

There’s less than a month to go until this year’s Domain Pulse conference, this year to be held in the Austrian capital of Vienna, with plenty of networking, introductions to Austrian culture and even some discussions by day on challenges for the domain name industry, internet governance, data protection, cyberwar and cybercrime over the two days.This year’s conference will be held in the Palais Niederösterreich on 16 and 17 February. But unlike previous years, there will be no simultaneous German-English and English-German translations. But around a third of presentations will be in English, and there are plenty of opportunities to meet participants in the Austrian, German and Swiss domain name industry. After all, this is the largest domain name conference for the German-speaking countries.Topics up for discussion at next month’s conference include, why do we need a strong network, a keynote address on ICANN and the internet of tomorrow, the IANA transition, challenges for the domain name industry as well as exploring new markets such as China, the Russian-Ukrainian Cyberwar and the use of Social Media, protecting internet user’s data, an update on the major issues for the Austrian, German and Swiss registries and cybercrime.For registration, the programme and more information, see:

German ccTLD Domains Take 6 Of Top 10 Sales On Weekly Chart

Domain Name Journal logoSales of .de domains, the German ccTLD, took 6 of the top 10 sales including the top 2 sales to dominate the weekly Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the week ending 11 December.

There were none of the 6 or 7 figure sales that have regularly topped the chart in previous weeks though. The top sale went to uh.de, selling for €47,600 ($50,456) in a private sale while jc.de came in second selling for €20,000 ($21,200) in a private sale brokered by Sedo and third was bonus.net selling for €14,875 ($15,768) through Sedo.

Overall there 7 .de sales in the top 20 and only 4 .com sales, 3 for .at and 2 .net sales as well as one each for .eu, .org, .to and .co. On the aftermarket side of things Sedo had a hand in 14 sales and 5 sales were private including one involving Sedo.

To check out the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales in more detail for the week ending 11 December, go to: