As many of us know, the massive Australian Domain Name Registry database will switch over on June 30.
That’s only two weeks from now!
By all reports, this is the BIGGEST EVER domain name migration to a new Registry Operator in history.
Afilias were responsible for migrating the .ORG TLD database back in 2002. At that time there were just over 2 million domain names they had to move.
On June 3o, Afilias are going to migrate 3.1 million Australian domain names.
There’s no denying that’s a massive task!
For the last few months, according to Afilias’ blog, they have been performing the following actions:
April-May-June 2018: New DNS “nodes” are being installed all over Australia. We’ll be lighting up servers in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, Darwin and other great Australian cities. These local servers will provide faster access to websites, improving the internet experience for all Australians, not just the folks in the big cities.
This is the first time Perth, Adelaide and Darwin have had “local” nodes, so you’d think we’d see some good speed advantages in these areas?
Bearing all that in mind, a lot of people are starting to ask, how smoothly and quickly is this all going to go?
Afilias have officially stated that Australian internet users won’t notice a thing, and it will appear as a non-event to everyone:
June 30, 2018: While this is the big “transition day,” internet users in Australia won’t notice a thing. Afilias has managed many such transitions, so no one needs to worry about whether sites will still work—this will be a non-event.
Second, auDA again hosted another very successful meeting with our Australian registrar partners last week. Afilias provided a detailed technical update and answered all the various questions that came up about the progress of the transition. Australian registrars are quite sophisticated and dedicated to protecting their customers, and Afilias was recognized for its openness and collaborative spirit as we upgrade the .au technology together.
Will things be business-as-usual on July 1st?
What’s going to happen to the daily drops during this time?
From July 1st, will we be able to register dropped-domains for a one year period? For a five-year period?
You can read Afilias’ latest blog post about this “historic transition of .AU“.