|SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE
1. #gandiv5: It's here!
2. Gandi Hosting: 2017
3. Gandi's The Root Zone.
4. Recently-delegated TLDs
5. TLD release calendar
6. Promo roundup
On behalf of the Gandi team we would like to wish you all a happy 2017! The last year was quite a year for us and along with the new year, we are stepping off from the foundation we laid in 2016, with resolutions for 2017 in hand.
The first step is that we've just unveiled #gandiv5 officially in beta to all of you, meaning if you have an individual type account, you can now migrate to the new site. If not, or if all the features you need are not quite ready yet, hold off for just a little bit longer and we promise you'll be seeing it soon.
Speaking of promises, we are also resolving this year to revamp our hosting platform, including some changes already underway. Read on for details.
Late this month in our San Francisco offices we'll also be hosting the next edition of The Root Zone., this time with a slightly different format.
And once again this month we'll be taking a look at recently-delegated TLDs from the past month, TLD releases for January and we have a fresh herd of promos to round up as well.
It's the new year, and in 2017, we're taking a deep breath and stepping forward. Here we go.
After months of hard work, user tests, revisions, rehashing, heated debates (no fistfights to our knowledge), we're finally ready to unveil the first major revision to our site in a few years (special thanks to our devoted development team).
#gandiv5, as we're calling it, has limited functions for now, but as time goes on, we'll be adding more and more functions until it's ready to fully replace the current version.
This year, we're also resolving to commit ourselves to a new plan of action for our hosting service, starting from the ground up, with brand new infrastructure. First up, we're planning to give a facelift to our whole line of hosting products, which should rejuvenate them for the task ahead.
Part of the plan was to open a brand new data center with a reworked architecture. We're happy to report we've already done so and we're already seeing the kind of performance improvements we expected. While it's still in Alpha testing, we think you'll like it.
A sneak peak at the hardware
We're pleased to announce the return this month of our DNS-themed meetup series The Root Zone.. Previously we focused on interviewing a handful of luminaries (if they don't mind us calling them that) in the field, including Paul Mockapetris, Dan Kaminsky and Paul Vixie. This time around, we're trying out a new format where we bring in a panel to discuss a particular DNS-related topic. This month the topic is: DDoS Attacks! with panelists including Paul Mockapetris, Andrew Lewman (Farsight Security), Gideon Redelinghuys (CloudFlare), Brian Hartvigsen (OpenDNS), and Gandi's own Pascal Boucheraine.
The meetup will be held on January 31 at 6:00 PM PST in our San Francisco offices. For more details, see the Root Zone. event Meetup page.
Of course, every month there are always new gTLDs added to the root by ICANN and this past month was no exception.
The story of each new TLD is usually pretty much what you expect, but sometimes there are surprises. This month we saw a few.
Both TLD releases in January are just coming available in the Sunrise phase, which we think is perfectly appropriate for the new year:
Tuesday January 10:
Monday January 23:
.hospital ( Sunrise)
Stay tuned for updates!
As for our promos, it's something of a fresh start as well, with a whole herd of promos ending December 31 and a new batch for the new year taking their place. It's the circle of life, we suppose:
Ending January 31:
Only in January:
.asia $1.99 until January 14
New Year's promos (starting January 1):
.me half price until December 31
.top $1.50 until December 31
.archi, .black, .blue, .info, .kim, .lgbt, .mobi, .pet, .pink, .poker, .promo, .red, .ski, half price until June 30
.host, .online, .press, .pw, .site, .space, .store, .tech, .website until June 30
.promo half price until June 30
.news, .reviews, .social half price until March 31
.cn 25% off until February 28 (Happy Year of the Rooster!)
.pro $3.00 until February 28
.tech $16.70 per year for 5-9 year creations; $11.50 per year for ten years until February 28
.markets, .trading 75% off first year through February 12
.cat $5.00 through January 11
.xyz $1.00 until January 5
Happy New Year, again! Did we miss any resolutions? Do you have something to share with us? If you have any thoughts or comments for us about the new site, #gandiv5, please feel free to share them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you ready for the next step forward?