L-Root server node what?

Posted on October 19, 2015

Vocus announced this week that in collaboration with ICANN, it had launched an L-Root server node in Sydney. But what does this actually mean and what impact will it have on businesses?

Computers communicate with each other using numbers, however it's much easier for people to use and remember names. For example, it's simpler to remember the domain name "ICANN.ORG" than the Internet Protocol address, 2620:0:2d0:200::7.

Domain Name Systems (DNS) translate domain names into addresses. Root servers provide the pointers to the servers for top-level domains (the last part of domain names, for example, "ORG" in "ICANN.ORG"). Globally there are 13 "root" DNS servers, identified by the letters A through M --- the "L" root server operated by ICANN is one of them.

The new L-Root server node in Sydney is one of just six in Australia, all operated by the major telecommunications players. Vocus' L-Root server instance will further speed up our network and offer greater security and protection against certain types of cyber threats.

Last year saw a massive 121 per cent increase in infrastructure based DDoS attacks, which means security is more important than ever. Vocus' L-Root instance will provide greater resilience and security for businesses on our network by creating more redundancy in the DNS.

To find out more about the Vocus network, visit the Our Network section of our website.