[Pdns-announce] PowerDNS & DNSSEC: your support is needed

bert hubert bert.hubert at netherlabs.nl
Tue Aug 11 13:53:41 UTC 2009

Dear PowerDNS Users & interested parties,

As you may know, we've recently built a PowerDNS DNSSEC proof of concept
(which can be viewed 'in action' on http://www.powerdnssec.org).

Although the proof of concept works, and could be merged with the open
source version of PowerDNS, it is expected to require a lot of additional
maintenance and development to keep up with changing DNSSEC requirements and
operational practices.

The original development of PowerDNS was funded by its investors, and its
ongoing maintenance is made possible by support contracts with PowerDNS

The DNSSEC enhancement however will need to finance itself.

The goals are to:

*	Add full support for DNSSEC hosting to the PowerDNS Authoritative Server

	*	In such a way that operational overhead of DNSSEC is acceptable
		to large scale DNS operators

	*	Automatic signing with high scalability and limited (commodity)
		hardware investment
		*	So existing DNS Management GUIs continue to work 'live'

	*	Fully automated key rollover & signature regeneration procedures
	*	With debugging facilities that large scale deployments need in
		order to diagnose issues

*	Author documentation, with tutorials to make migration easy and
	trouble free.

*       Convince at least one '100,000+' zone PowerDNS deployment to turn on
*	Provide maintenance and support for DNSSEC in PowerDNS until this
	becomes commercially self-sustaining

* 	Eventually add DNSSEC support to the PowerDNS Recursor as well.

All parties with an interest in PowerDNS and/or DNSSEC are therefore kindly
requested to contact me privately if they are in a position to either
acquire a support contract with us, or to fund DNSSEC development directly. 

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please let us know and
we can send you the 'PowerDNS DNSSEC Enhancement Project Proposal', which
includes the budget we are trying to raise.

Kind regards,

Bert Hubert

http://www.PowerDNS.com      Open source, database driven DNS Software 
http://netherlabs.nl              Open and Closed source services

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