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Is there an alternative to the DNS?

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The Internet today depends on the DNS (Domain Name System) for almost all of its services. The DNS is the system for retrieving and storing vital technical information from a domain name.

The DNS is a robust, decentralized and relatively simple system, strengths that have made it one of the pillars of the Internet. However, like any computer system, the DNS is not perfect and has weaknesses that are both technical and political, due to the nature of its tree structure in particular.

Is it then an alternative solution to this essential system for the Internet to function?

The issue paper indicates the current state of play and expectations. It then reviews the alternative solutions to the DNS and draws a comparison.

The document is one of the issue papers regularly published by Afnic.

Issue paper on Alternative Naming Systems to the DNS