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New System For Registering Domain Names

Published: Mon 12 Jun 2000 11:30 AM
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New System For Registering Domain Names Up And Running Well
The new system for registering Domain names in New Zealand is up and now running well with major cost and time savings for those wanting to get their own Internet address.
Over the past month Domainz, the company responsible for the Domain name registry in this country, has been bedding in a new system which is substantially faster than the old system which operated through the University of Waikato.
Domainz chief executive Patrick O'Brien says bedding in a system with over 64,000 names already, was never going to be all plain sailing, however he is confident all major bugs with the new system have been worked out and New Zealanders have a system in operation which will be as efficient as any in the world.
The chair of The Internet Society of New Zealand (ISOCNZ), which owns Domainz, Peter Dengate Thrush says the ISOCNZ council has been concerned about the impact on the stakeholders of the rollout, and is pleased that the corner has been turned.
Mr O'Brien says Domainz did encounter a "particularly difficult to trace database performance issue" that affected the system for the first few weeks of operation.
"This was finally nailed at the end of May and the system has since worked at the high level of performance originally expected," Mr O'Brien says.
He says Domainz has apologised to Internet Service Providers, and others affected, by the inability of the system to provide email notification to some name server managers involved in name transfer.
"This was a serious issue which was resolved only last week and we most certainly apologise to anyone detrimentally affected. We are however now confident the problem has been solved and we are unaware of any further issues in this area."
Mr O'Brien says users have had to bear with unplanned outages of the system, including one last Monday, for database maintenance, however Domainz believes this caused minimal disruption.
He says Domainz is planning a maintenance window at approximate the same time (5 - 7 am) each Monday over the next month or so, to enable necessary database changes to be made.
"We are also pleased to report that all name holder IDs and passwords have now been mailed out and a backlog of names on hold, which was an issue for some, has now been worked through and there are no more outstanding names in this category.
"Names have now all been allocated to registrars as far as we are aware and we ask anyone who still requires re-allocation to contact us as soon as possible."
Mr O'Brien says Domainz is in the final stages of implementation to have a system up and running shortly so people can use credit cards to register Domain names.
He says this facility, which is integral to the whole Domain Registration System, is now operational internally within Domainz and it is planned to have it available to all users via the web by the end of the month.
"The development team at Domainz is making good headway in clearing away any problems which have arisen with the new system roll-out and we welcome input from all in terms of bugs, issues or suggestions for improvement."
Mr O'Brien says Domainz expects some bugs, issues and good ideas to pop up as they move forward with the new system and will be publishing a list of these as they arise.
ENDS

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