Emergent to Develop and Operate Internet Domain Name Shared Registry System (SRS)
Emergent was selected by CORE to oversee the design and operation of the new system's central database for a number of reasons. Commented Alan Hanson, chairman of CORE's Executive Committee and president of First Identity Net, Inc., one of the first approved CORE registrars. "Of the applicants researched, Emergent demonstrated not only a superior knowledge of the system and applications to be put in place, but also a depth of understanding regarding the security concerns surrounding the registration process. We are confident in Emergent's expertise to carry out the terms of the contract with accuracy and fairness and to the benefit of the entire international Internet community."
"Delivering scalable solutions is what Emergent is all about - and this project enables us to create a system that will be at the heart of the what is undoubtedly one of the world's largest scalable systems - the Internet itself," said Ken Rudin, CEO, Emergent Corp.
Curt Mayer, co-founder and chief technologist for Emergent Corporation remarks, "We have the technical capacity and an unmatched track record to design a secure, reliable, scalable solution for a community of users that is sure to grow to an enormous size with an enormous load in the years to come."
The Shared Registry System
The SRS is a centralized repository containing the database of domain name information and will be maintained and operated by Emergent Corp. Internet users will be able to register new Internet domain names with their choice of more than eighty 'registrars' worldwide. These CORE registrars will register names with this repository using a variety of user interfaces and charging a nominal domain name registration fee. The SRS then officially registers the new domain and transmits it into the global Internet Domain Name System. For a current list of registrars visit the following website: http://www.gtld-mou.org/docs/reg-results.html.
The SRS will be designed by Emergent as a custom application running on a pair of scalable Sun Microsystems Enterprise 450 servers using an Oracle database, and will be fully functional in Q198.
"This agreement marks a significant event in resolving how the Internet will govern itself," comments John Gilmore, co-founder of Top Level Registries, one of the 83 registrars within CORE. "The Internet community is successfully negotiating a transition from its original US government sponsorship and monopoly provision, to open and competitive services. Internet service providers went through this transition a few years ago, resulting in spectacular growth, low prices, and consumer choice. This contract will give Internet users the benefits of open and competitive domain-name registration services."
Formed on October 3, 1997, CORE is the entity comprising 83 registrars selected under the Generic Top Level Domain Memorandum of Understanding (gTLD-MoU) process. The gTLD-MoU is the international governance framework in which policies for the administration and enhancement of the Internet's global Domain Name System (DNS) are developed and deployed. This includes, among other things, the addition of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) to the root of the DNS, selection of new domain name registrars, and development of equitable dispute resolution mechanisms over conflicts between parties concerning rights to domain names. These policies are developed in cooperation with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), who manages the root of the Domain Name System (DNS) to promote stability and robustness. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.core.gtld-mou.org/.
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