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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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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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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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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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Building a High-Availability PostgreSQL Cluster at ARIN

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ARIN is a small organization with a big job. ARIN keeps track of IP addresses and Autonomous system numbers for both North America and parts of the Caribbean. This information is kept in a high-availability database that is core to ARIN’s services . This database is known as Jon Postel’s notebook, in tribute to Dr. Jon Postel who was one of the early luminaries of the Internet and who had the first job to keep track of names and numbers.

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Still Testing in Production? Now You Can Test Your Code in ARIN’s OT&E

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ARIN has developed some very helpful tools to help users learn about, request, and manage IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs) over the years. Our customers rely on things like ARIN Online and the Whois directory service to manage and monitor the resources their organizations hold. If your job entails keeping Internet number resource records up-to-date, you have most likely used these tools as well, perhaps even multiple times a day.

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Setting a Customer Focused Approach

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ARIN isn’t an organization I can stay away from for long. I served a number of roles at ARIN over the course of 13 years, before moving to the Internet Society to implement new programs focused on deploying key Internet technologies. I was excited to have the opportunity to return to ARIN and lead efforts to hone our focus on the customer and improve the way we serve our community.

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How to Request an ASN from ARIN

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The ARIN Registration Services Department assists many organizations in obtaining Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs). Last week you may have heard from the NRO that the global pool of available 2-byte ASNs is nearing depletion. But let’s take a step back. What is an ASN? Who needs one? Why? And how can you get one if you need one?

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