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AFNIC deploys its own anycast cloud

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AFNIC today deployed its own anycast cloud to increase the robustness of the .fr domain and its quality of service in domain name resolution.

AFNIC has been using the anycast technology for many years now, freeing it from geographical limitations in the location of its critical servers. As geographical coverage widens, the anycast technology improves the DNS service quality with ever shorter response times and greater reliability:

more servers mean better resistance to saturation attacks.

While maintaining a worldwide coverage with almost 60 nodes, AFNIC has set up new DNS servers at several locations in France and around Europe, notably in Lyon which is ideally located from the networking point of view, being close to both Switzerland and Italy.

So since 11.00 am CET on December 4th, 2009, AFNIC has been running an anycast cloud on the Lyon’s IXP infrastructures of Rézopole/Lyonix.

The deployment up of this new anycast cloud run entirely by AFNIC fulfills a double objective: firstly, mastering the technology, in order to open new sites in addition to those already being managed by its providers; and secondly, increasing the density of DNS infrastructures as close as possible to the French users.

This cloud – which also covers the Reunion Island – will soon be covering other cities, such as Brussels and Paris

For further information:

– anycast technology:

(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names

AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars)
Further information.