Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA), the regulatory body and registry operator for the .ae domain name, has standardized its registry infrastructure on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system with support from Red Hat Network Satellite.
Commenting on the new system, Mr. Mohammad Al Zarooni, Director, .aeDA said, “The mandate from the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) was clear. Our department had to create a state-of-the-art .ae Country Code Top Level domain (ccTLD) registry based on international standards and best practices that was to be a pioneering model for operating registry within UAE as well as the Middle East region. A Top Level Domain (TLD) registry is a 24x7x365 mission-critical operation as it is the base for various websites and communication methods used by government, financial, health and other public and private sectors. The technology must be robust and highly available as we need to serve Internet users from any part of the world.”
“We chose Red Hat as the company is the leader in the Linux enterprise server operating system market. The vendor’s solutions are comprehensive and stable and the technology is well supported by the open source community. The timely and regular software updates from Red Hat have been instrumental in the smooth functioning of the registry.” .aeDA turned to Red Hat’s network of ISVs to acquire its subscription and related services.
The .aeDA registry infrastructure based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 allows real-time processing of transactions so that registrants can easily acquire their desired ‘.ae’ domain names on-the-spot. Acquiring an online presence under ‘.ae’ is now fast and straightforward with the comfort of purchasing via an entirely online process provided by most of the accredited registrars. By enabling businesses and individuals to obtain their .ae domain more easily, they are now able to launch themselves on the Internet faster and make changes real-time to match their product or service requirements. With the increasing penetration of the Internet, compelling opportunities exist to reach out to users.
The .ae registry is spread across three interconnected sites which comprises of around 50 physical systems, Storage Area Network and a backup library. With Red Hat Network Satellite, a powerful centralized systems management platform, the installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, along with custom configurations and applications, was completed in a few hours. Once the system was implemented, training was imparted by the Red Hat solutions and services team.
“The Red Hat training acquired was valuable for our technical team to deploy and manage the solution. We now have a Red Hat certified team in place. With the quality training, detailed product documentation and global support from Red Hat, the .ae Domain Administration’s technical arm performs operations and maintenance activities in-house. Their activities include deployment, configuration, monitoring, capacity & availability planning and scaling,” says Mr. Al Zarooni.
The .aeDA was established in 2007 by the TRA as a department. It is responsible for the setting and enforcement of all policies with regard to the operation of the .ae ccTLD, as well as overseeing the operation of the registry system.
Commenting on future plans Mr. Al Zarooni said, “We are currently conducting the launch cycle for “امارات.” (dotEmarat). It is among the first registries to launch a non-latin Top Level Domain. The volume of Arabic content on the Internet is huge, but inability to write domain addresses in Arabic alphabets is a barrier for a large segment of Arab users. This led us to conceive the idea of an Arabic TLD. We envision managing and operating other TLDs in the future.”