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ARIN moves main operations out of HQ

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Last year, ARIN Engineering undertook a monumental effort to move production from our headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia to a colocation center in Ashburn, Virginia. There were many reasons behind this big move, and we were very happy to complete a flawless transfer of our operations. ARIN has its offices in an office park nestled next to Dulles Airport in northern Virginia.

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ARIN by the Numbers

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This year has been an exciting time for us here at ARIN, so we thought we’d take a peek at some fun numbers from 2014. Some of these you’ll probably expect – like how many IP addresses we’ve issued throughout the year, and others you probably won’t – like how many cups of coffee we’ve drunk (yes, we’re a bunch of coffee addicts). Enjoy these stats as we reflect on our year!
71,161 /24s of IPv4 blocks issued (includes end users and ISPs)
103 vacuum pots of coffee brewed
Approximately 20 ARIN Online improvements made
9,010 + calls received at the RSD Help Desk

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5,000 Reasons to Celebrate

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ARIN Membership Reaches a New High. We are glowing because we have just reached 5,000 Members! ARIN is a member-based organization, and we couldn’t have made it this far without the support and guidance of our Membership. Since our inception, you have participated in 34 Public Policy and Members Meetings, initiated and discussed over 88 community-developed policies, and cast over 21,000 votes in ARIN Elections. Thank you! When ARIN was established in 1997, we had just 100 member organizations. As the Internet expanded so did ARIN, averaging about 30 new Members each month.

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Help ARIN Shape Our New IPv6 Campaign

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Have you ever had this conversation? You: “Hey, did you know the Internet is running out of IP address space?
Non-technical colleague: “No, really?” You: “Yeah, IPv4 is running out, and we need to make sure we are planning to support IPv6, the new IP address platform. I think enabling our website may be the best place to start.” We want to hear more about those conversations.

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Vote Now in 2014 ARIN Elections

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The polls are open in this year’s ARIN Board and Advisory Council elections. If you’re a designated member representative (DMR), you are the person responsible for casting a vote on behalf of your organization. Note than voter eligibility was set 60 days out from the start of the election, on 11 August 2014. The election began on 9 October 2014 and will stay open through Sunday, 19 October at 3 PM EDT. Voting in elections is the main responsibility and benefit of ARIN membership, so make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to shape ARIN leadership. Each ARIN member organization may cast one vote, so all votes count equally, and your participation is encouraged. Good voter turnout is a statistic we hope to hold up!

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ARIN 34 Members Meeting Daily Recap

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It’s hard to believe ARIN 34 is already over. Today wrapped up the final of day of our Public Policy and Members Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Thanks to those of you joined us onsite and remotely. Here’s a quick version of what happened during today’s meeting. This morning we began with a warm welcome to attendees, and we heard updates from the Number Resource Organization (NRO) on current activities and objectives. Then each ARIN department head shared updates; Mark Kosters discussed engineering, Susan Hamlin gave the update on Communications and Member Services, Erin Alligood spoke about Human Resources and Administration, Val Winkelman gave an update from the Financial Services Department, and Leslie Nobile spoke about Registration Services. Bill Darte and Stacy Hughes ARIN 34Advisory Council Chair, John Sweeting, gave the AC Report, thanking both Stacy Hughes and Bill Darte for their long time service on the ARIN Advisory Council.

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Current Status of Phase 4 of the IPv4 Countdown Plan

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ARIN has implemented Phase 4 of our IPv4 Countdown Plan, and as a result, our response time for IPv4 requests has increased from our organizational goal of two business days. We acknowledge that this situation has caused some frustration in the community, and we are making adjustments to our IPv4 request procedures in an effort to improve response time. But the first question is what changed in Phase 4, and why? First – Phase 4 requires “team review” for all IPv4 requests. This allows us to ensure all organizations are being reviewed under the same set of requirements. By having at least two analysts review each new IPv4 request (and responses to an existing IPv4 requests), we have additional verification that each is handled in accordance with policy.

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Sign Your DNS Zones

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Last month we signed ARIN’s forward DNS zone as part of our commitment to Domain Name System Security (DNSSEC). That means we completed the process that essentially allows resolvers to verify the arin.net information that they receive from ARIN’s nameservers, and it allows users to have a higher degree of confidence that when they go to https://www.arin.net or act on any other information under arin.net that they are communicating with the host they expect. We went through the process of signing ARIN’s forward DNS zones to do our part to contribute to a valuable and trustworthy Internet. The process can be complex, but it’s worth it.

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ARIN is in the Caribbean

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See what we did there? Not only are the letters A-R-I-N actually in the word cARIbbeaN, but so much more. There are many Caribbean economies in the ARIN’s service region and we work hard to serve everyone that depends on us for Internet number resources. For those of you in the Caribbean, we have some suggestions for what you can do to prepare for the future of the Internet and to get more involved in ARIN and other important organizations in the Caribbean. Get ready for IPv6. Network operators and content providers alike need to prepare for the future Internet.

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Results Are In

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Earlier this year I wrote a blog to ask you take ARIN’s first ever customer satisfaction survey, and today I am pleased to share with you the results from the survey. 699 respondents answered questions ranging from: How satisfied are you with ARIN in meeting your organization’s needs? to How can ARIN improve customer service? We received large amounts of interesting feedback from this survey that we will use to improve your Internet number registry experience with us.

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