The domain name shared registry system (SRS) has gone live with barely a hiccup, according to domain name commissioner Debbie Monahan.
The SRS has been introduced to replace the Domainz domain registration system (DRS) which has been plagued with problems since it was first launched in May 2000. Users complained of bugs with the DRS which also came in over budget.
Monahan says the implementation of the SRS went well and the timing was within the planning set.
"We didn't need the contingency day after all, but so we could confidently confirm the 1am implementation on the Saturday night," says Monahan, who is only somewhat regretting her decision to start the new system at 1am.
The first registration under the new system occurred at 2.40am and came from a customer of domain registrar Free Parking.
"By 9.30 this morning around 300 update and registration transactions had been processed," she said yesterday.
Monahan says she would like to acknowledge the hard work from many people that went in to making the implementation a success. "I have a sense of satisfaction that things went so well."
The DRS will continue to run in parallel with the SRS as a backup should anything go wrong with the new system.
The SRS will form the core of a new regime for domain name registrations that will allow all registrars to add and change names directly in the register itself rather than through Domainz, as happens at the moment. The new system will be rolled out in stages, finally taking over fully in March 2003.