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Additional anycast constellations added to all DNS hosting accounts

We’re happy to announce that all DNS hosting accounts are having an additional nameserver / DNS anycast cluster added to the mix.

(Our nameserver deployments are described here)

For DNS Hosting level of service, we’ve added dns3.easydns.ca, which is five nodes in the following locations:

  • Seattle
  • Chicago
  • Washington
  • Singapore
  • Frankfurt

And for DNS Pro we’ve added dns3.easydns.org, which is the above 5 plus:

  • Palo Alto
  • Paris
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Los Angeles

And for our Enterprise DNS members, we’ve added dns4.easydns.info, another 6-node deployment:

  • San Francisco
  • Washington
  • Chicago
  • London
  • Amsterdam
  • Tokyo

This puts DNS Hosting domains on 3 anycast constellations over 14 global nodes, DNS Pro domains on 3 anycast nodes over 19 global locations and Enterprise DNS domains 25 global nodes, over 4 anycast constellations (how many does your DNS provider have?).

Henceforth all new domain registrations and transfers will have the applicable nameserver added. If you are an existing customer you can add the appropriate nameserver at your leisure (the correct nameserver array will be displayed in your user interface when you edit your nameservers). We will likely be running a process soon to add the additional nameservers to domain where we are the registrar.

These nameservers are available via the new interface only, so if you’re still on the old interface, here’s an additional incentive to move to the new platform.

Our nameservers page describes the current deployments and which level of service gets what.

New "registration" scam that's going around

Normally we don’t post a blog announcement about the various scams going around because, let’s face it, there are just too many. But in this case, we’re making an exception because this is a targeted scam aimed directly at domain owners – aka Our Clients. We’ve received more than a couple of calls from users today regarding emails that tell them they need to “register” their domain again quickly, so we thought a quick post and sample would be helpful.

Needless to say, this is a scam (any time you get an email with warnings in 20pt bold, it’s a good time to check your wallet), but it’s not the usual sort of domain-slamming we’ve seen in the past. These guys are trying to trick people into ‘registering’ with a search engine (an un-named one).

The payment links (disabled below) go to payment sites that have no company name and simply say ‘registration’. As you might imagine, we’re not thrilled to see this sort of behaviour, and we wanted to make sure nobody got tricked into a non-refundable ‘registration’ by these jokers.

Regards

easyDNS Support

The email looks like this :

From: Registration Notice [mailto:dobrilathomason@1registrydomainservicescom.com]

Sent: February 8, 2011 9:23 AM

To: trustingclient@easydns.com

Subject: Re: easydns.com Registration

Attention: Important Notice

Domain Name: EASYDNS.COM

Bill To: Client, Trusting Invoice # xxxxxxxxxx
304a – 219 Dufferin Invoice Date Feb 8, 2011
Toronto , Ontario Terms Net 15
M6J 6K1 – US Due Date Feb 23, 2011
(416) 535-8672 P.O. #

SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT

Domain Name Registration Price Term
easydns.COM Feb 8, 2011 – Feb 8, 2012 $75.00 1 Year
Attn Client, Trusting

This letter is to inform you that it’s time to send in your search engine registration for EASYDNS.COM.

Failure to complete your search engine registration by Feb 23, 2011 may result in the cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).

Your registration includes search engine submission for EASYDNS.COM for 1 year. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer by Feb 23, 2011. This notice is not an invoice. It is a courtesy reminder to register EASYDNS.COM for search engine listing so that your customers can locate you on the web.

This Offer for EASYDNS.COM will expire on Feb 23, 2011. Act today!

For Domain Name:

EASYDNS.COM

SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT

easyDNS and IPv6 Deployment

We’re getting a lot of questions on this, and you may find this hard to believe but it seems like some people are getting stirred up by the media  reports on  the imminent IPv4 depletion.

IPv4 depletion isn’t as huge a deal as some media outlets make it out to be. It’s not like peak oil, or the ozone layer, or Dec 21st 2012 or anything like that. Your web host or your DNS provider do not “burn through” a /24 of IPv4 every day and when the address space runs out, we’ll all start going dark and falling off the internet like a city running out of power. It doesn’t happen like that.

It just means that going forward, internet development and deployment will start having to occur over IPv6. (Remember when you stopped buying music on CD’s and all of the sudden you had an iPod? It’ll be something like that. Your CD player still works. It still plays CD’s.)

IPv6 Deployment at easyDNS

  • We are about to add IPv6 transit to a new nameserver we’ll be announcing next week: dns3.easydns.ca (which will be added to DNS hosting service on the new platform) and dns3.easydns.org, which is an Enterprise-level nameserver on the new platform.
  • We are waiting for our transit provider to  finish some upgrades to enable IPv6 transport on dns1.easydns.com
  • We have no ETA on IPv6 on dns2.easydns.net
  • We are adding a new nameserver to the Enterprise DNS level: dns4.easydns.info, which will deploy with IPv6 transit.
  • Suffice it so say, 2/4 anycast constellations will have IPv6 within the next week or so, and then 3/4 by the end of winter 2011.
  • We hope to have IPv6 transport to the website and associated services by the summer (maybe in time for world IPv6 day on June 8th? That would be neat).
  • We have been assigned a /48 IPv6 addresses for our future deployment. We are thinking of giving out a  couple billion IPv6 addresses with every domain registration. What do you think?
  • We still have room to grow under IPv4, lots of it, as we were assigned a /20 by Arin last year, which is 16 network blocks of 256 addresses each.

To emphasize, the while the cutover from IPv4 to IPv6 poses technical hurdles and challenges, it does not imply some kind of “drop dead date” or catastrophic stoppage owing to IPv4 depletion.