The Internet’s About to Change – Don’t Worry We’ve Got Your Back

By: In: Technology Escrow On: Feb 17, 2014

Want to be a ninja? Silly question! Who doesn’t?

Plenty of ninjas will soon be coming our way, and you could be one of them. That’s because .ninja is one of the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) recently approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Right now, people can’t yet secure a .ninja address, but anyone will be able to soon, and it’s sure to be a popular choice.

In the same week that ICANN signed a registry agreement for .ninja, it signed RAs for 33 other gTLDs, including .center, .wiki and .education. Look for hundreds of colorful new gTLDs to come online in the near future.

For registries, all these domains will have one thing in common: They will all need to be escrowed with an approved escrow service provider.

In order to keep the Internet and the businesses that depend on it running smoothly, ICANN requires gTLDs to escrow their domain name registration data. This way, if a registry fails or falls short of meeting its requirements, ICANN can reassign its customer data to another registry. This ensures that domain-holding businesses don’t suffer.

As registry operators prepare to manage the many new domains coming online, they should consider that no escrow provider has as many years’ experience as Iron Mountain.

We’ve been there from the beginning: Iron Mountain was the first company ever chosen to protect registry data via escrow agreements. That was for the .info domain, back in 2001. Additionally:

  • More than 75 percent of all registry operators currently use Iron Mountain to satisfy their data escrow requirements.
  • More than 99 percent of all gTLD registry data is currently escrowed with Iron Mountain. ICANN selected Iron Mountain to be its own registrar data escrow agent in 2007.
  • More than 90 percent of all Fortune 500 companies turn to Iron Mountain for software escrow services.

Iron Mountain knows how to safeguard domain registration data, and the Iron Mountain Registry Data Escrow service walks you through everything you need to do to meet ICANN requirements. If you’ve got questions, visit the Iron Mountain FAQ page for registry data escrow information or contact an Iron Mountain escrow expert.

We’ll be at the Beyond the Dot conference in Washington DC on February 19 and the ICANN 49 meeting in Singapore on March 23-27. If you’ll be at either of those events, and would like to meet with us, please email Shane Ryan, and we can set something up.

Now, if you’ll excuse us—we need to hunt down a black jumpsuit and some nunchucks.

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Tara Holt

Tara is a solutions marketing manager responsible for creating and managing content for Iron Mountain’s Banking and the Financial Services solutions as well as Iron Mountain’s Customer Facing Technology applications. She has over 18 years of experience as a technical writer, business/systems analyst, project manager, and product manager and has worked for Iron Mountain since 2001. Tara holds a BA in English and Journalism from the University of Connecticut and will receive her MS in Professional and Organizational Communications from Regis College in 2016. In 2010, she received her Product Management Certification (PMC) from Pragmatic Marketing.