1. Google Nomulus announced as open-source; Here’s what it means for future of internet and domain names

Google Nomulus announced as open-source; Here’s what it means for future of internet and domain names

Google just released Nomulus which is a registry platform based on Java that essentially powers Google's personal top-level domains (TLDs) like .google and .foo.

By: | Updated: October 20, 2016 10:32 AM
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Google just released Nomulus which is a registry platform based on Java that essentially powers Google’s personal top-level domains (TLDs) like .google and .foo. The global tech giant, in the year 2012, had applied for the operation of many generic TLDs, and since then have been working on Nomulus. Before 2012, the domain names that could be used were mainly .com, .net and other country TLDs like .in, .us etc. But then, the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had made the decision in 2008 to open up the TLDs to more names like .app and .blog among others. This was the time when Google decided to jump on the bandwagon and had applied for .google and .foo among others.

Nomulus essentially is a platform which is used by Google to manage every data of registration related to domains under its own TLDs. An example that the company has done to ensure the innovation’s credibility is the corporate news blog called, blog.google, also referred to as ‘The Keyword’. Nomulus also handles every request for the exchange and transfer of domains. Websites like GoDaddy, only act as an intermediary between the user and the owner of the top-level domains. Ben McIlwain, Software Engineer, Google said, “We hope that by providing access to our implementation of core registry functions and up-and-coming services like Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), we can demonstrate advanced features of Google Cloud Platform and encourage interoperability and open standards in the domain name industry.”

ICANN is a non-profit organisation which coordinates the maintenance and procedures of many databases which have the namespaces from the Internet which ensures the network’s stability and security of operations. Nomulus, very much integrated into Google’s own cloud platform is now open-source, after releasing under the license of Apache 2.0. It used the Datastore of Google Cloud to run on the App Engine.

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Google has also said that ‘Donuts’, the owner of 200 generic TLDs have also made contributions to the code base of Nomulus and it will also launch a variant for a public test. This a good step forward to take creativity and diversity to new levels. This move taken by Google, the company has let the people know that it aims for a long run and will bring a lot of changes for users in future. This also ensures that the internet is going to be more personalised, engaging and vibrant.

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