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Dundee picked to support worldwide web infrastructure

The data centre run by brightsolid Online Technology will house the ICANN root server

Dundee has been chosen by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) for the location of a new root server in Scotland to support the internet's main infrastructure.

The data centre run by brightsolid Online Technology will house the ICANN root server. Another root server in Edinburgh is already used to support the internet's core infrastructure.

Root servers are a key part of a database at the centre of the internet, called the Domain Name System (DNS). This database is used by almost all internet applications to translate worldwide website addresses into numeric addresses, which identify where content is physically stored so it can be accessed.

Joe Abley, ICANN's director of DNS operations, said: "Root servers play a critical role in the internet's infrastructure and this server is part of an ongoing effort to improve internet accessibility and operations globally, along with improving the security and stability of the Domain Name System for all internet users."

Earlier this year ICANN had to extend the deadline for companies to apply for their own unique generic top-level domains (gTLDs) due to software problems.


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