How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the New Whois: RDAP

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In the summer of 2015, you may have heard about a new service ARIN was rolling out called the Registration Data Access Protocol, or RDAP. Perhaps you understood that it was intended to be a successor to the Whois protocol, but you weren’t clear on the specifics. Maybe you weren’t even aware of the need for a replacement. And come on, what really makes RDAP better than Whois? The answer is a lot and if you’re not using it by now, you should be.

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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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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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