CIRA contributes to development of next-generation Domain Name Server software

    OTTAWA, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Internet Registration
Authority (CIRA), is investing $1 million over the next five years towards the
development of BIND 10, the next leap forward in Domain Name Server (DNS)
software. CIRA will also contribute development resources to this project led
by the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC;
    CIRA is responsible for operating the dot-ca Internet domain, a key
public resource for all Canadians. The BIND DNS software is used by the vast
majority of name servers on the Internet to connect computers with each other.
It has formed the foundation of CIRA's authoritative DNS, the infrastructure
that provides Internet users around the world with access to dot-ca domains.
Open source like its predecessors, BIND 10 will also be modular and highly
scalable and will provide simple methods for configuration management and
integration with other systems.
    "CIRA is committed to participating in valuable and innovative, global
projects that are rooted in the public interest and that will further the
evolution of DNS," said Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA. "BIND 10 is
critical to the infrastructure of the Internet and essential for CIRA to
provide a robust, high-performance DNS that will ensure the availability of
dot-ca domains to all Canadians."
    A multi-year project, BIND 10 will be designed to serve the needs of
dynamic and growing Internet-dependent businesses, with simple design goals
that include a secure, flexible and resilient DNS server that integrates
easily into the workflow and maintenance of the complex networks that
organizations demand.
    Along with other leading industry sponsors, CIRA will serve on a steering
committee to oversee the development of BIND 10 from the very beginning,
working with ISC to ensure it will best serve the needs of the diverse
Internet community.

    About CIRA

    The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is the not-for-profit,
member-driven organization that manages Canada's dot-ca domain name registry,
develops and implements policies that support Canada's Internet community, and
represents the dot-ca registry internationally.

    About ISC

    Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public
benefit corporation widely known for world-class Internet software engineering
and network operations. ISC produces only open-source software, of which BIND
and ISC DHCP are the two best-known examples. Their emphasis is on Internet
core technology. ISC's widely-imitated Managed Open Source process ensures the
quality of this software while keeping it completely open and available. ISC
operates high-reliability global networks of DNS root servers (F-root) and
authoritative DNS servers (SNS@ISC) both for non-profit and for commercial
enterprises. ISC is also very involved in ongoing Internet protocol and
standards development, particularly in the areas of DNSSEC and IPv6. ISC is
supported by donations from generous sponsors, by program membership fees, and
by specific fees for services. For program or donation information, please
visit the ISC website at

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, media may contact:
Julie Lepine, Marketing & Communications Specialist, Canadian Internet
Registration Authority (CIRA), (613) 237-5335 ext. 229,

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