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October 18, 2016

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Google Announces Nomulus! New Domain Registry Platform Will Power Their TLDs as Well as Others & Donuts Helped Develop It

Google just announced a major move into the domain registry back end services business with the launch of Nomulus, a new open source cloud-based registry platform that, in addition to powering  Google’s own new TLDs (including their dotbrand  extension - .google - and their generic TLDs like .app), is available to other registry operators as well. 

Google was already a player in the registrar side of the business with Google Domains but their  new registry initiative took five years to build. Google Software Engineer Ben McIlwain said "Work on what became Nomulus began in 2011 when ICANN announced the biggest ever expansion of Internet namespace and Google applied to operate a number of new gTLDs with Nomulus to help run them."

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"We designed Nomulus to be a brand-new registry platform that takes advantage of the scalability and easy operation of Google Cloud Platform, McIlwain added. "Nomulus runs on Google App Engine and is backed by Google Cloud Datastore, a highly scalable NoSQL database. Nomulus can manage any number of TLDs in a single shared instance and supports the full range of TLD functionality required by ICANN."

"We hope that by providing access to our implementation of core registry functions and up-and-coming services like Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), we can demonstrate advanced features of Google Cloud Platform and encourage interoperability and open standards in the domain name industry for registry operators like Donuts who made early contributions to the Nomulus code base."    

Donuts, the largest operator of new gTLD registries with some 200 extensions in their portfolio, confirmed that in February 2015 Google invited the company to evaluate and contribute code to Nomulus which they began  

doing in March of this year.  A press release from Donuts noted their contributions to Nomulus include "technical specifications for the Domains Protected Marks List (DPML), Early Access Period (EAP) and tiered pricing — all hallmarks of Donuts innovations —along with other features that take the system well beyond critical back-end functions."

Donuts co-founder and CEO Paul Stahura said, "the option to evaluate and contribute to the Google Nomulus project presented a unique opportunity. As the world’s largest operator of new TLDs, Donuts must continually explore compelling technologies and ensure our back-end operations are cost-efficient and flexible. Collaborating with Google on this groundbreaking project is an opportunity to do exactly that.”

“Google has a phenomenal record of stability, an almost peerless engineering team, endless computing resources and global scale," Stahura added. "These are additional potential benefits for us and others who may contribute to or utilize the system. We have been happy to evaluate and contribute to this open source project over the past 20 months because this platform provides Donuts with an alternative back-end with significant benefits."

For registrars interested in exploring a Nomulus EPP interface, Donuts has opened a preview environment at preview.nomulus.donuts.domains. More information about access to the system is available to registrars from their Donuts representatives.

Paul Stahura
Donuts Co-Founder & CEO

(Posted October 18, 2016) 

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