DNS Replacement Project, Party Invitation

If you are thinking of replacing your organization's Domain Name System)or if you have a DNS solution that you want me and the good folks at WiscNet to consider, then read on. Below, I've published the invitation I sent today to three DNS vendors. We have room for one more

If you are thinking of replacing your organization's Domain Name System)or if you have a DNS solution that you want me and the good folks at WiscNet to consider, then read on. Below, I've published the invitation I sent today to three DNS vendors. We have room for one more company or open-source project to be considered during the WiscNet/eWEEK DNS Demonstration Day.

Participate in the WiscNet/eWEEK DNS Demonstration Day on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, in Madison, Wisconsin. WiscNet is considering replacing an existing BIND DNS implementation to enable greater manageability and stability. WiscNet will make a decision on which vendor to select for this project shortly after the demonstration day.

To accept the invitation, please send an e-mail to Cameron Sturdevant at csturdevant@eweek.com by Friday, Dec. 14, 2007.

WiscNet is interested in a functional demonstration of your DNS solution. Here is a list of specific features WiscNet would like to see. You are not limited to this list, but you must attempt to demonstrate each of the following features. If a practical demonstration is not possible, you must explain why. 1. 100% failover from primary to secondary services 2. Centralized management console 3. Central administration for updating primary and secondary systems simultaneously 4. How to delegate zones to local administrators 5. Audit capabilities 6. Reporting Capabilities 7. Logging capabilities 8. Import capabilities from current to new system 9. Migrate a simple example of data from BIND to your solution 10. High Availability: load balancing among multiple device implementation, failover and continuous operations during system updates 11. "Undo" function to allow rapid back out and a "revert" function to reinstate old configuration 12. Cost

DNS Demonstration Day guidelines for participants:

Each participating vendor will be given 30 minutes for demonstration setup followed by 75 minutes of demonstration time according to the following schedule:

9:00-9:30 Vendor A setup 9:30-10:45 Vendor A demo

11:00-11:30 Vendor B setup 11:30-12:45 Vendor B demo

12:45-1:15 Vendor C setup 1:15-2:30 Vendor C demo

2:45-3:15 Vendor D setup 3:15-4:30 Vendor D demo

1. The "Green Room"--There is a Green Room available for you to stage equipment prior to the event. You may use the Green Room beginning 1 hour prior to your setup time. For example, Vendor A can begin bringing equipment at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, but not before. Vendor B may begin using the Green Room starting at 10:00 a.m., but not before.

2. WiscNet, eWEEK are the judges--WiscNet staff and eWEEK editors are the only judges of this event. However, there may be several invited guests from other organizations similar to WiscNet attending the demonstration day.

3. Attend only your own session--Vendors are strictly limited to attending their own session.

4. Fair play, no interference--Vendors agree not to interfere with preparations and presentations of competitors by, but not limited to: not arriving earlier than your allotted Green Room time, not overstaying your presentation time, promptly starting and ending demonstrations on time, not attempting to overhear or observe other vendor preparations or demonstrations.

5. Follow Event Coordinator instructions--everyone in your presenting group agrees to follow on-site directions given by the Event Coordinator.

6. Presentation staff size--you may bring as many people as you wish to assist with the presentation.

7. Focus on technology--WiscNet is interested in a resilient, durable, easily administered DNS solution. Please limit your presentation to this topic and the DNS technology that supports this type of DNS service.

8. Materials--you are encouraged to provide presentation materials, white papers, specification sheets and proposals PRIOR to the demonstration day in paper or electronic format. Send material to the Event Coordinator.

9. Ask questions--you are permitted to ask questions about WiscNet's current DNS implementation and any other questions you feel are necessary to provide a complete and useful demonstration of your solution in the time provided. Please send all questions in e-mail to the Event Coordinator.

10. Event Coordinator--Cameron Sturdevant, technical director of eWEEK Labs, is the event coordinator. I may designate administrative assistants to help with various tasks; however, I am the final authority for overseeing this event. You can contact me at: csturdevant@eweek.com or at eWEEK/Ziff Davis Enterprise, 101 Second Street, 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105.

WiscNet and eWEEK reserve the right to modify the guidelines for participants and the functional demonstration requirements at any time, without further explanation.

eWEEK will publish the results of the DNS Demonstration Day shortly after the event concludes.

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