Panama City, July, 2007.- In the frame of the +Raíces Project, LACNIC
(Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry), ISC
(Internet Systems Consortium) and UTP (Universidad Tecnológica de
Panama) installed the first DNS root server in Panamá.
In the opening event that took place on July 17, participated the
Manager of Policy and External Relations Department of LACNIC German
Valdez, the representative of ISC Joao Damas, the Vice-Chancellor of UTP
Salvador Rodriguez, the Director of NIC Panama / PANNet Armando Jipsion
and the Vice-Executive President of Commercial Sales of Cable & Wireless
Panama Pedro Diaz.
The installation of this new copy implies a suitable improvement in the
direct access to the net by Panamanians users and Internet services
providers. It is supported by LACNIC and received equipment from Cisco
System and connectivity from Cable & Wireless Panama.
The +Raices Project is an initiative undertaken by LACNIC jointly with
the ISC to promote the installation of F Root Server copies in Latin
America and the Caribbean. This project has enabled the installation of
copies in Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and Panamá, which in turn has
translated into noticeable improvements in direct network access for
users and Internet service providers of these countries and a relevant
contribution to the stability of the Internet both within the entire
region as well as at global level.
This project is an example of the multistakeholder cooperation models
promoted by the World Summit on the Information Society, one through
which both government and private organizations can work collaboratively
in benefit of Internet stability and growth in the region, goals to
which LACNIC is strongly committed.
Likewise, with this project LACNIC is contributing to the achievement of
the goals agreed by the region's governments (eLAC 2007) and which will
be evaluated in November 2007.
The domain name system (DNS) is made up by millions of interconnected
servers. Root servers are the ones that possess the information that
initiate queries to this system. A technical limitation does not allow
the existence of more than thirteen root servers, and they are
identified by the letters A through M. Of these thirteen original root
servers, ten were located in the United States, two in Europe and one in
Japan, a fact that generated quite a bit of concern in view of the small
number of servers and their geographic concentration.
In order to solve this problem, during the past few years a new
technique known as anycast is being used. This technique allows creating
clones (known as mirrors) of these root servers; once these mirrors are
in operation they are indistinguishable from the original servers. This
adds more efficiency to the system and at the same time provides greater
security and stability. The installations of the root servers are made
by the anycast technology in the frame of +Raices project