Iron Mountain and Key-Systems Create Program to Support new Internet gTLD Registry Applicants
BOSTON and ST. INGBERT, GERMANY – June 6, 2011 – Iron Mountain Incorporated(NYSE: IRM), the information management company, and Key-Systems, international domain registrar, have entered into a co-referral agreement to benefit applicants for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), which will expand the domain names on the Internet. Under the terms of this agreement, Iron Mountain will refer prospective gTLD Registry Operators to Key-Systems for registry services, and Key-Systems will refer prospective Registry Operators to Iron Mountain for data escrow services.
The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the organization responsible for coordinating the Internet’s unique identifiers, including the domain name system (DNS). Introducing new gTLDs will help ICANN to promote competition in the domain name market while ensuring Internet security and stability. A gTLD is an Internet extension such as .COM, .ORG, or .INFO. It is part of the structure of the Internet’s domain name system.
Iron Mountain currently provides escrow services for the majority of today’s gTLDs and will offer its Registry Data Escrow services for the new gTLDs as well. Hundreds of new gTLD applications are expected to be submitted by companies and organizations once the New gTLD Program is officially launched, which is anticipated to happen later this year. Key-Systems' KSregistry provides features and functions to successfully operate a registry and is ideal for applicants for new gTLDs and companies planning to establish their name or brand as a new TLD. With this agreement with Iron Mountain, Key-Systems will now be able to offer full compliance with data escrow requirements as part of its services.
“The New gTLD Program by ICANN initiates a new era on the Internet – with more diversity and more ways of use in the domain name space,” said Alexander Siffrin, CEO of Key-Systems. “Key-Systems offers our customers comprehensive technical and consulting services for successfully operating such a new gTLD. We look forward to working with Iron Mountain – the recognized worldwide leader in registry data escrow – to provide our customers with this service.”
As the new gTLDs are created, their registries will be required to comply with data escrow requirements similar to those that ICANN maintains for existing gTLDs. This is to ensure the continuity of Domain Name System operations in the event of a physical, technical or business failure of a registry. Iron Mountain was the first company to protect domain name registry data via escrow agreements in 2001. Today, Iron Mountain’s global leadership in information management translates into the most comprehensive and trusted Domain Name Registry Data Escrow Services available.
John Boruvka, vice president of intellectual property management at Iron Mountain, added, “As ICANN begins to roll out the new gTLD application process, Iron Mountain is proud to work with Key-Systems, one of the world’s largest domain registrars, as it guides new gTLD applicants through domain registration, management, hosting and monitoring for their new domains. We’re pleased that Key-Systems values Iron Mountain’s expertise in providing safe and secure registry data escrow services, and that we are able to provide new gTLD customers assurance through our escrow services.”
Key-Systems is an international, ICANN accredited registrar, which currently administers more than 3 million domains for more than 70,000 retail and corporate customers and 1,700 resellers worldwide. The company is the second largest ICANN registrar in Europe and one of the 15 largest in the world (Source: webhosting.info). Key-Systems' headquarters are located in St. Ingbert/Germany. Furthermore, the company runs two subsidiaries in the USA and Mexico and owns a majority interest in the Polish registrar AZ.pl. Key-Systems' KSregistry provides features and functions to successfully operate a registry; the service is directed to applicants for new gTLDs and companies planning to establish their name or brand as a new TLD. For more information, visit www.key-systems.net.
About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) provides information management services that help organizations lower the costs, risks and inefficiencies of managing their physical and digital data. The Company’s solutions enable customers to protect and better use their information—regardless of its format, location or lifecycle stage—so they can optimize their business and ensure proper recovery, compliance and discovery. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain manages billions of information assets, including business records, electronic files, medical data, emails and more for organizations around the world. Visit www.ironmountain.com or follow the company on Twitter @IronMountain for more information.