DNS alternatives (was Re: Dan Kaminsky)

Erik Soosalu eriks at nationalfastfreight.com
Wed Aug 5 10:20:21 CDT 2009

Multiple systems end up with problems.  Even standard DNS blows up when
some company (Apple) decides that an extension (.local) should not be
forwarded to the DNS servers on some device (iPhone) because their
service (Bonjour) uses it.


-----Original Message-----
From: Roland Dobbins [mailto:rdobbins at arbor.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 2009 10:44 AM
To: NANOG list
Subject: DNS alternatives (was Re: Dan Kaminsky)

On Aug 5, 2009, at 9:32 PM, Florian Weimer wrote:

> We might have an alternative one day, but it's going to happen by  
> accident, through generalization of an internal naming service  
> employed by a widely-used application.

Or even more likely, IMHO, that more and more applications will have  
their own naming services which will gradually reduce the perceived  
need for a general-purpose system - i.e., the centrality of DNS won't  
be subsumed into any single system (remember X.500?), but, rather, by  
a multiplicity of systems.

[Note that I'm not advocating this particular approach; I just think  
it's the most likely scenario.]

Compression/conflation of the transport stack will likely be both a  
driver and an effect of this trend, over time.

Roland Dobbins <rdobbins at arbor.net> // <http://www.arbornetworks.com>

         Unfortunately, inefficiency scales really well.

		   -- Kevin Lawton

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