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The Race to Stay Ahead of Internet Demands
Written by Samuknow   
Thursday, 27 September 2007 10:56
By Katherine Noyes
09/27/07 4:00 AM PT

"If the Internet infrastructure is not continually fortified and strengthened, then we run the risk that it will be unable to support the growing and dynamic needs of users, businesses and governments that rely on that infrastructure every day for commerce, communications and operations," said Ken Silva, chief security officer for VeriSign.

Doomsayers may be fond of predicting the imminent collapse of the Internet  under the weight of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications, but at least one infrastructure provider is on track to increase its capacity tenfold by 2010.

VeriSign,which manages the critical infrastructure that handles registration and resolution traffic for the .com and .net systems, announced back in February its Project Titan initiative to strengthen Internet infrastructure. Since then, it has increased its capacity from 400 billion to 2 trillion DNS (domain name system) queries a day as well as working to diversify its infrastructure globally and creating new tools and processes to better monitor and manage traffic.

A DNS query is something that occurs every time an Internet user clicks on a Web site, checks email  or engages a computer application that uses the .com and .net infrastructures.

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