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    Verisign/NSI VeriSign Reorganizes Website, and Changes Name of its Registry Division
    posted by michael on Sunday April 06 2003, @06:05PM

    dmehus writes "The company formerly known as VeriSign Global Registry Services ("VGRS"), the Registry Operator for the .COM and .NET gTLDs, has reorganized its corporate structure and website. This includes a name change. The company is now known as VeriSign COM NET Registry ("VCNR"), and operates as a division of VeriSign's Directory Services division. The new website address is www.verisign-grs.com/registrar/."

    "Is it just me, or does VeriSign in general change names a lot? First, Network Solutions was rebranded VeriSign Registrar several years ago. Recently, the Registrar business was spun off as a wholly-owned subsidiary of VeriSign and named Network Solutions once again. Now, VeriSign Global Registry Services is reorganized under a new division of VeriSign and undergoes a name change. Do these people really have nothing better to do?

    In addition, shouldn't /registrar be /registry? I encourage ICANNWatch readers to sound off about the latest round in the VeriSign corporate restructuring arena, VeriSign's mismanagement of the DNS root servers, or other related items."

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    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Sunday April 06 2003, @07:46PM (#11442)
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    Well, whatever they're calling their registry arm this week, its domain name, verisign-grs.com, is a Stupid Unnecessary Domain Name™ by my standards... addresses for any Verisign-branded properties could have been more logically established as subdomains of verisign.com, such as registry.verisign.com. There's no logical reason to set up sites at separate domains containing the parent company's name as a subdomain when it would be so much more logical to use the hierarchical structure of DNS as it's always been intended to be used.
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    there's actually a BIG reason for this
    by Anonymous on Sunday April 06 2003, @11:36PM (#11448)
    The registry at VeriSign (formerly know as VGRS) has been acting fairly conservatively for the past few years, because of all the rules and regulations it had to deal with as part of the gTLD contract.

    The company was weary and extra-cautious about doing anything to damage that contract, which is pretty much their lifeblood. However, with all of their new non-regulated (by the us gov at least) products, like the ccTLDs that they run, that put them in a pretty worthless postion as far as really milking them for what they are worth.

    The new division is structured so that while the com/net stuff still has to play by the DoC rules, the rest of the registry staff and products can have free-reign over new innovation and whatever else they've been dreaming up for years.

    (Yes, I am formerly of VGRS, and left for this very reason about a year ago. The company was just too careful, and not doing ANYTHING, because they were so trained to the ways of the COM / NET registry.)

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    Which division is doing the root zone file?
    by KarlAuerbach on Monday April 07 2003, @07:25AM (#11451)
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    Is this new com/net division doing the daily preparation of the root zone file for the root-servers.org[*] system of DNS root servers? Or is that job somewhere else in the corporate structure?

    [*] Given the tacit declaration of independence of the folks comprising http://www.root-servers.org [root-servers.org], it seems appropriate to call the dominant root their root rather than NTIA's or ICANN's.
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