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    Root Servers F Root Server to Be Mirrored
    posted by michael on Monday February 10 2003, @02:28PM

    In a move that presumably makes denial of service attacks against root servers that much harder, ISC [typo corrected] and Telehouse America announced today that they are mirroring the F root. This can only be good, can't it?

    Here's the full text of the PR salvo:
    TELEHOUSE(TM) America (www.telehouse.com), a pioneer of neutral, power-protected, secure colocation space and services, and Internet Software Consortium (www.isc.org), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to developing and maintaining production quality Open Source reference implementations of core Internet protocols, will jointly establish mirrors of the F-root DNS name root server at two TELEHOUSE America locations. The new servers are mirrors of one of only 13 root servers in the world and will permit ISC to provide and maintain a more reliable Internet infrastructure in the U.S.

    The agreement with TELEHOUSE supports ISC's efforts to build a more robust DNS mechanism by having its root server mirrored in two additional U.S. locations. Under the new partnership, TELEHOUSE will provide root server colocation services, hosting servers, and Gigabit Ethernet peering ports in its New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX) and Los Angeles International Internet Exchange (LAIIX). Juniper Networks (Nasdaq: JNPR - News) M-series routing platforms were selected by ISC for its leading performance, reliability, and security capabilities.

    "We're proud to have been selected by ISC to help ensure security for its DNS servers," said Todd Shimizu, product marketing manager, Juniper Networks. "The robust packet processing capabilities of our M-series portfolio provides ISC with uncompromising detection, prevention, and suppression services for their critical Internet applications."

    "Our facilities will provide ISC with the security and reliability it needs to maintain its `f-root' server as a vital service to the U.S. Internet community," said Hideki Akazawa, President and CEO, TELEHOUSE America. "We look forward to playing a key role in the future growth of the Internet through a long term relationship with this esteemed organization."

    Paul Vixie, Chairman of ISC, commented, "We are excited about this relationship with TELEHOUSE America and consider this a vital step to increase performance and robustness of the root server system and the Internet worldwide. ISC will continue to expand the global footprint of our `f-root' server in response to the growing threat posed by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks."

    About Telehouse

    TELEHOUSE America is a stable and trusted pioneer of carrier-neutral colocation space and services. Since 1989, they have provided customers with secure, power-protected environments where they can house and operate their telecommunications and network resources. Companies from a wide range of industries have chosen to locate their mission critical equipment at one of

    TELEHOUSE's five colocation Centers in New York and California, due to the company's history of success, financial stability, and expertise. Among the many benefits of co-locating with TELEHOUSE is the ability to connect to three state-of-the-art peering exchanges in New York (NYIIX), Los Angeles (LAIIX), and Santa Clara (SVIIX). Through close ties to its sister company (TELEHOUSE Europe) with sites in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, and Geneva, TELEHOUSE can provide continuous, cost-effective operation of network-dependent businesses around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.telehouse.com or contact us at sales@telehouse.com.

    About ISC

    ISC (www.isc.org) was founded in 1993 to develop and publish high quality reference implementations of core Internet protocols including DNS and DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). ISC's DNS implementation, called BIND, was originally developed at UC Berkeley as part of the BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) system, and has subsequently been completely rewritten at ISC. Most DNS servers on the Internet run BIND or BIND-derived software. Currently there are only 13 root servers, from A to M, in the world. ISC operates and maintains the F-root server. The ISC's reference implementation of DHCP is the de facto standard for all UNIX and UNIX-like systems including Linux and BSD.

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    The Vixie Root
    by isquat on Tuesday February 11 2003, @06:52AM (#11141)
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    Another two? Interesting. So some in Asia, one in Spain (announced in January) and two in the US. How long before they have 13 and can do the trick fully on their own?
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