VeriSign expands in Europe

As part of its $100 million "Project Titan" initiative, Internet infrastructure services provider VeriSign announced on Thursday it has expanded its infrastructure in Europe with the deployment of two new "Regional Internet Resolutions Sites" in Paris and Brussels.

VeriSign currently has European sites in Germany, England, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland and Poland.

With the goal of fortifying its Internet infrastructure through "Project Titan," the company says it plans on increasing the capacity of its global Internet infrastructure by 10 times by 2010 and will deploy RIRS to more than 100 locations around the globe.

"VeriSign continues to roll out our infrastructure in key regions to meet the capacity, security and reliability demands of the future," says Ken Silva, chief technology officer of VeriSign. "By deploying a site in France, the more than 32 million Internet users will now have a faster and more reliable experience connecting to the .com and .net infrastructure. With our proven internal resources and our global network of providers in fast growing markets, VeriSign will continue to work to protect the .com and .net infrastructures against service disruptions, cyber attacks, and other vulnerabilities brought by massive growth."

Since 2000, the volume of Internet traffic on VeriSign's global infrastructure has increased from an average of 1 billion domain name system queries per day to a peak of more than 50 billion DNS queries per day under normal traffic conditions. Europe is the second largest region of DNS traffic and VeriSign is continually expanding its deployment of RIRS in this region, says the company.

Under Project Titan, VeriSign will increase its daily DNS query capacity from 400 billion queries a day to over 4 trillion queries a day and will increase the aggregate network bandwidth of its primary resolution centres around the world from more than 20 gigabits per second to greater than 200 Gbps per second.

VeriSign says it is also deploying new proprietary security upgrades and monitoring tools to identify, track and isolate malicious Internet traffic generated from cyber attacks. VeriSign most recently added security upgrades to Project Titan in March.

In May, VeriSign won a patent for the controversial redirect service it said helped users find the sites they were looking for.

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