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    Re: An Idealistic Take on .org Policy
    by Hendrik on Tuesday August 27 2002, @10:27AM (#8734)
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    A 20 million name zone file is to be held in memory in the DNS-rootserver to achieve the millisecond performance under a load of several thousands queries per second. The memory necessary is more than 2 GB of DRAM. This surpasses standard the limits of 32 bit operating systems.
    This means: you can not operate with a standard SUN Sparc server anymore.

    The computer systems that were needed for the registry of .com, .net and .org were 64 bit multi-processor machines which costed around 15 million US$. This has been released in the first quarter of 2000 when (then) NSI had to purchase such a machine (from IBM and at that price point).

    As with all computing infrastructure it is well known that IT operations of a major system is running at 2 to 3 time the initial installation costs of the hardware. In that case you are quite efficient. The total cost of ownership of a PC per year typically runs at 3 to 5 times its purchase cost. But in that case non-professionals are operating the machinery.

    It will be a world class job if Verisign is able to perform the registry infrastructure and the A-root server at a price level of 20 million dollar a year. The claim that it can be operated at US$0.25 per year assumes a total cost of ownership of 5 to 6 million a year for the whole registry service (e.g. staff, electricity, datacentre space, depreciation and amortisation). From the US$15 million registry machinery itself it is easily derived that a decent write of in 3 years is already sufficient to the necessity to raise US$5 million a year.

    The simplistic idea that hard disks are the main cost driver of DNS-registry services shows a thorough lack of understanding of the cost factors in professional computing services. That era has passed away at the end of the eighties.

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