Buenos Aires, August, 2006.- Within the framework of the +Raices project, as a result of an agreement between LACNIC (the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry) and ISC (Internet Systems Consortium) which seeks to strengthen Internet global infrastructure and stability, CABASE has installed a new mirror of the F root server in the city of Buenos Aires.
This project implies the installation of modern equipment on the part of CABASE, and is financially supported by LACNIC (the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry).
Raúl Echeberría, Executive Director of LACNIC – the organization in charge of administrating IP address space for the region, explained that the international organization he is in charge of is seeking to strengthen network infrastructure and, through the installation of these servers in key points within the region, helping consolidate the strength and response times of the domain name system (a fundamental part of the Internet's infrastructure) at regional and global level.
In addition, Gabriel Adonaylo, Vice-President of CABASE, explained that the introduction of an F root server mirror in Argentina will avoid dependency on servers located outside the country for the correct operation of the domain name system, without prejudice of the fact that the remaining servers may be consulted automatically if, for any reason, this local server is temporarily not operational. "This implies that there will be a significant operational independence," he said, "a better resistance to denegation of service attacks, and greater transparency for the operation of the domain system in the Argentinean NAP, the organization I have the honor of presiding."
This initiative has the support of companies such as CISCO, which donated part of the equipment, and the commitment of all the members of this commercial consortium that will connect to this new server through the NAP.
The domain name system 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.
As you will remember, the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry (LACNIC) is the organization, based in Montevideo, that administrates IP address space, Autonomous System Numbers (ASN), reverse resolution and other resources for the region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), on behalf of the Internet community.
Founded in 1989, CABASE is the Chamber that groups numerous companies dedicated to Internet, e-Commerce, Content, VoIP, and online services. Their headquarters is where the Argentinean NAP (Network Access Point) operates, where a great many ISPs, companies and government organizations interconnect.
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