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The AFNIC carries on anycast deployment

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09/22/2008

The AFNIC goes on with reinforcing its service level on the French country-code Top Level Domains
it administrates.
In regards to these plans, the AFNIC has recently implemented a second batch of new servers
based on the anycast technology in order to increase the sturdiness as well as the quality of the DNS (Domain Name Service)
of the administered zones, including .fr zone.

The anycast technology allows to free oneself from the geographical localization of sensitive servers. At the same time, while its
geographical scope extends, it improves the DNS service quality by its response time and its sturdiness as it offers a better resistance to
denial of service attacks (DoS).

To complete its first cooperation with Autonomica, the AFNIC has chosen PCH.
Originally formed in 1994, Packet Clearing House is a non-profit research institute that provides
neutral independent network interconnection and operates at major exchange points worldwide.

Further information about…

Anycast: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anycast

PCH: www.pch.net

About the AFNIC
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )

Non-profit organization, the AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
The AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
Further information.

About Afnic

Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.

In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, donates 90% of its profits to its Foundation for Digital Solidarity. Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.

Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has 80 employees.