Press Release: ISC Starts Development Work on BIND 10.

Peter Losher Peter_Losher at
Wed Apr 22 07:13:13 UTC 2009


ISC Commences Development of Next Generation Domain Name Server
Architecture with Unprecedented Community Sponsorship

Redwood City, CA – April 22, 2009 – Internet Systems Consortium (ISC),
with the support of industry leading sponsors, today reveals plans for
BIND 10, the next leap forward in DNS server software.  Japan Registry
Services Co., Ltd. (JPRS) and Canadian Internet Registration Authority
(CIRA) are patron sponsors of the multi-year effort committing both
financial support and development resources.  Afilias, AFNIC, DENIC,
IIS.SE, Nominet,, SIDN and .za Domain Name Authority complete the
list of visionary organizations that have chosen to provide financial
support for ISC’s development effort.  Like its predecessors, BIND 10
will be open source but it will also be modular, highly scalable and
provide simple methods for configuration management and integration with
other systems.

BIND 10 is being designed to serve the needs of today’s dynamic and
growing Internet-dependent businesses.  The design goals are simple:  a
secure, flexible, resilient DNS server that integrates easily into the
workflow and maintenance of the complex networks organizations demand.
The sponsors named in this release have agreed to serve on a steering
committee overseeing the development of BIND 10 from the very beginning
working with ISC to ensure it will best serve the needs of diverse
Internet community.

Secure.  BIND 10 will provide the state-of-the-art in DNS security as one
would expect.  The differentiation will be the way that a user configures
the secure services they choose to deploy.  The design goal for DNSSEC in
BIND 10 is to be usable by the typical DNS administrator with built-in
safeguards for key management and renewal.

“JPRS is pleased to join the development effort of BIND 10 as the .JP
registry,” said Koki Higashida, president of JPRS.  “The Internet has
expanded day by day, and its reliability as a social infrastructure is
required. BIND 10 will accomplish what is needed for DNS that supports
the Internet in the future, such as the full support for DNSSEC and the
flexible operation of large-scale DNS. By using the experiences of .JP
registry, JPRS will support this project positively for not only TLD
registries but worldwide DNS managers.”

Flexible.  BIND 10 will be modular by design and implementation.  A user
can easily configure a lightweight resolver or a fully featured
authoritative server in a given installation.  Even non-BIND specific
modules can be integrated such as an SQL-based server or a pre-compiled
answer database ensuring very high performance.

Scalability is another property that will be intrinsic to BIND 10.   From
a large complex system used by country code top level domains, like .de
or .uk, to small home system, like a cable modem, BIND 10 will run
efficiently based upon the resources it has to draw from optimizing the
performance delivered.

Resilient.  BIND 9's response to unexpected failures is to log the
exception and exit while saving the data for further analysis.  This was
a design choice to provide maximum diagnostic information and reduce the
potential for subsequent errors.  BIND 10’s design premise will be to
recover in all possible circumstances and exit only when no recovery is
possible or advisable given security risk.  The end result will be a more
resilient and available BIND name server while maintaining the analysis
tools to troubleshoot the error.

“CIRA is committed to participating in valuable and innovative, global
projects that are rooted in the public interest and that will further the
evolution of DNS,” said Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA. “BIND
10 is critical to the infrastructure of the Internet and essential for
registries to provide a robust, high-performance DNS that will ensure the
availability of domains to all Internet users.” 

Integration and Maintenance.  BIND 9 uses text configuration and data
files susceptible to operator error.  While this is adequate for most
purposes, it is not a very useful way of integrating with the ever more
sophisticated back-end systems that customers use for process management.
 BIND 10 will provide new forms of interaction with (and interfaces to)
monitoring and configuration environments such as enabling a closer
coupling between BIND and DHCP.   One of the explicit design goals is a
finer-grained approach to configuration changes.

The DNS protocol was created in 1982.  BIND 4 was released to the public
in 1986.  ISC’s founders shouldered the primary responsibility for BIND
software in 1996, and ISC has been developing and adapting and improving
it ever since.  As DNS protocols evolve, BIND evolves with them. BIND 9
was created to implement the DNS Security standards (DNSSEC).   With
market share of greater than 80%, BIND is the undisputed leader in name
server software.  ISC will continue to provide production-grade,
standards-based name server software as open source for as long as the
community continues to support us.

“ISC is pleased to be able to begin work on this very important project
for the global Internet community,” said Paul Vixie, president of ISC. 
“Through the shared vision and financial support of our sponsors and the
support of the open source community, BIND 10 will happen.”  For more
information on the details on the project and participation, visit

About ISC:

Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public
benefit corporation widely known for world-class Internet software
engineering and network operations. ISC produces only open source
software, of which BIND and ISC DHCP are the two best-known examples. Our
emphasis is on Internet core technology. Our widely-imitated Managed Open
Source process ensures the quality of this software while keeping it
completely open and available. ISC operates high-reliability global
networks of DNS root servers (F-root) and authoritative DNS servers
(SNS at ISC) both for non-profit and for commercial enterprises. ISC is also
very involved in ongoing Internet protocol and standards development,
particularly in the areas of DNSSEC and IPv6. ISC is supported by
donations from generous sponsors, by program membership fees, and by
specific fees for services. For program or donation information, please
visit our website at

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