The IMRS cluster deployment is intended by ICANN to help Internet users in Africa access services on the Internet faster; African Data Centers (https://www.AfricaDataCentres.com/) has been selected to host the IMRS cluster at its world-class data center facility in Kenya.
Africa Data Centers, a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, is proud to be the colocation provider for the first ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) cluster to be deployed in Africa. ICANN’s deployment of the IMRS cluster is intended to help internet users in Africa access services on the internet faster and be better protected against cyberattacks, in line with the Cassava Group’s vision of a digitally inclusive Africa.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in collaboration with its regional partners, recently announced the deployment of a new ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) cluster in Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. ICANN is a global, non-profit organization that coordinates the Domain Name System (DNS) and plays a key role in ensuring a global, interoperable, and secure Internet.
An IMRS cluster helps improve the DNS infrastructure in any country, territory or region in the world. It is the key to stimulating Internet access and strengthening Internet stability. The IMRS cluster will reduce the impact of potential cyber attacks across Africa. One of the most common types of attacks, distributed denial-of-service attacks work by overloading servers with a flood of requests or Internet traffic. IMRS clusters provide increased bandwidth and data processing capacity to reduce some of this traffic.
Africa Data Centers has been selected by ICANN to host the IMRS cluster at their world-class data center facility in Kenya. There are five IMRS clusters worldwide, two in North America, one in Europe, one in Asia and the newest in Africa.
“Improving users’ access to the Internet in Africa and keeping them safe while using it is part of ICANN’s mission to make the world’s Internet safer, more stable and more resilient,” said Göran Marby, President and CEO of ICANN. “The installation of this new IMRS cluster would not have been possible without the involvement of the local community. We are grateful to the Kenyan government for their support and commitment to promoting internet access across Africa.”
“Africa Data Centers is proud to have been selected as the colocation provider for the first African IMRS cluster. This recognizes the quality of Africa Data Centers facilities, but also our shared commitment with ICANN and its local partners to a digitally inclusive Africa. Africa Data Centers recognizes the contributions of these local partners and in particular the Ministry of Information, Communications and Digital Economy – Republic of Kenya, the Communications Authority of Kenya and the Technology Service Providers of Kenya, whose Kenyan Internet Exchange Point (KIXP) is also hosted by Africa Data Centres said Tesh Durvalsula, Chief Executive Officer of Africa Data Centres.
Installing this IMRS cluster in Africa ensures that internet requests can be answered within the region, limiting reliance on networks and servers in other parts of the world. The IMRS cluster also increases national and regional resiliency by helping root server traffic stay local.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Data Centres.
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ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach someone on the Internet, you must enter an address—a name or a number—into your computer or other device. This address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers around the world. ICANN was founded in 1998 as a not-for-profit, not-for-profit corporation and community with participants from around the world.