.aeDA chooses Red Hat

Open source solutions provider implements Linux 5 OS with support from Red Hat Network Satellite

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.aeDA chooses Red Hat Red Hat has announced that the regulatory body and registry operator .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA, has standardised its registry infrastructure on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  October 16, 2011

Open source solutions provider, Red Hat has announced that the regulatory body and registry operator .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA), has standardised its registry infrastructure on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system with support from Red Hat Network Satellite.

"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," said Mohammad Al Zarooni, director, .aeDA .

"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." 

The .aeDA registry infrastructure based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is designed to allow real-time processing of transactions so that registrants can acquire their desired .ae domain names immediately.

Customers can purchase their .ae domain names entirely online from accredited registrars.

The .aeDA, established in 2007 by the TRA, 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.

"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," said Al Zarooni.

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