VeriSign Registry Services (verisign.com) is scheduled to deploy on September 8, 2004 a new feature that will enable the registry to undertake updates to the .COM/.NET zones in less than five minutes.
Rapid DNS updates are one of the features included in VeriSign’s proprietary authoritative name server, ATLAS’s design to provide a better user experience for .com/.net registrants/domain name holders. After extensive testing, VeriSign now claims that it is confident this feature is ready to be deployed.
For many years now Verisign has generated new versions of the .com/.net zones twice a day. As registrars make changes in the .com/.net registry, such as adding new domains or making changes to existing domains, visibility of those adds or changes in all 13 .com/.net authoritative name servers is expected to average less than five minutes compared to waiting potentially up to 18 hours for changes made by a registrar to be reflected. The rapid update process will batch domain name adds and domain name changes every few seconds.
VeriSign claims that it does not anticipate any negative consequences as a result of more frequent updates to .com/.net zone files. However, as a courtesy they’re providing the Internet community with 60 days advance notice of the change to the update process.