Permanent opening of the registration chain

The AFNIC is set to considerably increase the performance of its registrar service in the second half of 2007:

  • Registration and publication of data via the Whois domain name service will now be available round the clock, seven days a week. In operations that do not require human intervention, the ticket workflow will continue uninterrupted until the ticket is closed, regardless of the time slot.
  • New domain names will now be published in the DNS five times a day.
    This will be at the following times: 4 am – 7 am – 12 pm – 5 pm – 11 pm.

Our objective can be seen in the following diagram:

The AFNIC may set aside a time slot for service interruptions required for management or maintenance. This potential time slot will be between
12 am and 4 am.

Rollout schedule:

  • Last week of September 2007 (Monday 24): a few changes relating to the start of production may be noticed. Two tacit rules for operation will be affected in particular:

    – Until now, all tickets arriving before 6.30 pm were included in evening DNS publication. A massive arrival of tens of thousands of tickets at 6.29 pm could therefore delay domain name publication by several minutes. From now on, publication will take place at 6.30 pm precisely and any tickets not processed will be included in the next batch. We therefore recommend for sensitive domains to avoid last-minute submissions. This will obviously cause much fewer problems once the number of daily publications is increased.

    – Deletions were conducted with a latency of 30 minutes. From now on, deletions will be processed immediately, the same as any other operation.

  • Mid-November 2007: switch to permanent registration. Reload will remain set at 6.30 on working days, but processing will become permanent, 24/7 (excluding the maintenance slot).
  • 3 December 2007: switch to the permanently open chain with five publications per day.

source AFNIC

* Some adjustments may be made within one month after this date.

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