DENIC and eco to sponsor first root server in Germany
To support the efforts to ensure better worldwide distribution of the DNS root servers, DENIC eG as central registry for .de-domains and the Internet Association eco as operator of the exchange point DE-CIX are joining in the establishment and operation of a name server in Frankfurt, which is an exact copy of the K-root server located in London. This copy, as well as the root servers in London and Amsterdam, are supervised by RIPE NCC. DENIC is providing the internet access and sponsoring the necessary hardware, while eco is providing the locality and ensuring for 24-hour-service on location.
DENIC and eco regard their commitment as a further step in expanding service for the German Internet Community and at the same time as a contribution to securing the overall stability of the Internet.
The DNS root servers contain the technical information about the institutions which administers each Top Level Domain. For Germany, this is DENIC and the authoritative name servers operated by DENIC.
With this server, for the first time, a root server is based in Germany. For German Internet users this means
that the response time for DNS requests decreases for all users directly connected to DE-CIX
that the German Internet would continue to function in the case of a longer isolation, since the DNS-information is available from a central source within the German Internet.
Sabine Dolderer (DENIC eG), Harald Summa (eco), Arnold Nipper (DE-CIX) ,and Andrei Robachevsky (RIPE NCC) start in a symbolic way the newly installed K-Rootserver in Frankfurt.