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Quick Notes on the new ICANN Application

Hello folks, as some of you may already know, last week, ICANN published its revamped Registrar Accreditation application (effective immediately). I thought I’d write a quick snapshot post on this development.
The first glance at the new application tells you that this version is much longer, more comprehensive, and the questions more specific. There’s also more due diligence screening, both on technical and operational aspects of the business. It’s clear that these come from the hard lessons that the industry has learnt over the past few years, including Registrar failures and instances of Registrar/reseller non-compliance.
Let me include in brief, some notes on the changes below:
Proof of Establishment: And I’m not referring to just the company incorporation certificate. Aspiring Registrars would now also need to show that they’re a credible company backed with sufficient experience and expertise.
UDRP, IRTP, WDRP Compliance, and Registrar Data Escrow (RDE): ICANN expects the applicant to submit an operational plan to show that their Registrar will always be compliant with all policies and guidelines. Also RDE (which has now been around for a while now) is now officially part of the ICANN Accreditation Application too.
Financial Stability: This has always been a perceived hurdle for aspiring Registrars where applicants feel they need to pay US$70,000 to ICANN. This has been made clearer now that ICANN only asks the applicant to prove his capability to raise such capital, and sufficient liquid assets reflecting in their balance sheet.
Security Policy: Learning from a handful of Registrar failures that occurred over the past 2-3 years, ICANN now wants to ensure that such cases never occur again. In the event that this happens, ICANN mandates that the Registrar be prepared with a failover plan (both technical and operational).
This is in no way a comprehensive list of the changes that ICANN has implemented but it does cover the more significant ones. This is the first time in 10 years that the form has been reworked. ICANN says that the introduction of the new form is part of an ongoing improvement process. It’s also a timely update to align the Accreditation process with several changes in the RAA, such as the introduction of Data Escrow mandate.
We believe this is a step in the right direction, in safeguarding the interest of the consumer, but to also bring about more awareness, responsibility and clarity in the Registrar community.
If you have questions about the new process feel free to write us at consult [at] logicboxes.com
P.S.: We’ll soon be announcing an educational webinar, with an industry veteran as our guest speaker. Watch this space for more!

Hello folks, as some of you may already know, last week, ICANN published its revamped Registrar Accreditation application (effective immediately). I thought I’d write a quick snapshot post on this development.

The first glance at the new application tells you that this version is much longer, more comprehensive, and the questions more specific. There’s also more due diligence screening, both on technical and operational aspects of the business. It’s clear that these come from the hard lessons that the industry has learnt over the past few years, including Registrar failures and instances of Registrar/reseller non-compliance.

Let me include in brief, some notes on the changes below:

  • Proof of Establishment: And I’m not referring to just the company incorporation certificate. Aspiring Registrars would now also need to show that they’re a credible company backed with sufficient experience and expertise.
  • UDRP, IRTP, WDRP Compliance, and Registrar Data Escrow (RDE): ICANN expects the applicant to submit an operational plan to show that their Registrar will always be compliant with all policies and guidelines. Also RDE (which has now been around for a while now) is now officially part of the ICANN Accreditation Application too.
  • Financial Stability: This has always been a perceived hurdle for aspiring Registrars where applicants feel they need to pay US$70,000 to ICANN. This has been made clearer now that ICANN only asks the applicant to prove his capability to raise such capital, and sufficient liquid assets reflecting in their balance sheet.
  • Security Policy: Learning from a handful of Registrar failures that occurred over the past 2-3 years, ICANN now wants to ensure that such cases never occur again. In the event that this happens, ICANN mandates that the Registrar be prepared with a failover plan (both technical and operational).

This is in no way a comprehensive list of the changes that ICANN has implemented but it does cover the more significant ones. This is the first time in 10 years that the form has been reworked. ICANN says that the introduction of the new form is part of an ongoing improvement process. It’s also a timely update to align the Accreditation process with several changes in the RAA, such as the introduction of Data Escrow mandate.

We believe this is a step in the right direction, in safeguarding the interest of the consumer, but to also bring about more awareness, responsibility and clarity in the Registrar community.

If you have questions about the new process feel free to write us at consult [at] logicboxes.com

P.S.: We’ll soon be announcing an educational webinar, with an industry veteran as our guest speaker. Watch this space for more!

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HostingCon 2010 – My Take on Americas Top Hosting Event

HostingCon is one of the most important conference for the web hosting industry in the US (and maybe for the world too). With over 1300 attendees including all the big names such as ThePlanet, Riorey, Microsoft, etc. there was no way we were going to miss it.

This was my first time at HostingCon and I’ll admit my expectations were pretty high. While the opportunity to meet people (and especially business contacts) face to face is always something I look forward to; I completely dread the 16-20 hour travel from Bombay to anywhere in the US. It’s times like these when I bless ICANN for keeping their conferences at locations around the world, so my travel time is not always 2 days.

Having been to several ICANN meetings in the past, I knew exactly what I had to dump in my conference bag: suits, blazers, some more formals, and some after work, smart casuals; just can’t go wrong. Turned out I was…completely. I guess we were amongst the very few people there wearing suits (not sure if this was because of the weather in Austin, it was really hot). Silver lining though – we stood out amongst the crowd ;).

We had quite a busy 3 days ahead, some meetings were lined up in advance, some we’d hoped to catch up with at the conference ad-hoc, and we were also hoping for a lot of footfalls in our booth. Not to forget, I also wanted this to be a learning experience, so catching a few seminars was definitely on the cards for me. At the booth, our Caricature idea turned out to be a major hit. Our iPad giveaway, while not something that differentiated us much, definitely was a puller too.

Coming back, it was quite a success for us. Maybe we could also do with an extra day, to meet more people. I missed all the seminars, which brings me to suggest if there’s a way iNet can maybe stream these seminars over intranet, or have a screen in the exhibition area, that would be great.

I must mention though, that the quality of the crowd was top-notch, decision makers, the who’s who of the industry. No wonder HostingCon is amongst the best in the business. World Hosting Day (previously known as WebHostingDay) though, has smartly transformed itself from a Europe focused meet-up, to a larger global event. They’ve taken advantage of their central location, making it a larger attended event. I’d really like to see HostingCon to cross borders now.

A big shout-out to iNet for the fantastic execution. We’ve already booked a great spot for next year – Can’t wait.

P.S. In case you haven’t seen them already Click Here to see the cool caricatures that we made for everyone that came to our booth.

P.P.S. Did I mention that I won an iPad from Attracta? Thanks for that Attracta :)

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Accreditation.com @HostingCon 2010

After a very productive ICANN Meeting at Brussels, (and an awesome <party>), we’re now looking forward to some busy networking at HostingCon 2010.
Our consultants will share details about the ICANN Accreditation process, costs, pre-requisites, and other useful information; we will also conduct an on-the-spot feasibility analysis for webhosts considering an ICANN Accreditation.
As part of our limited time period promotion, HostingCon attendees will be eligible to avail of our ICANN Accreditation services completely Free of cost!
So drop by our booth (#216) and say hello.
You can also fill in the quick contact form at http://accreditation.com/hostingcon/ to schedule an appointment with our consultant beforehand.
And yes, did I mention that you can win an iPad, and lots of geeky goodies :)
See you at Austin.
Cheers,
Sandeep Ramchandani
Director, Strategic Partnerships

After a very productive ICANN Meeting at Brussels, (and an awesome party), we’re now looking forward to some busy networking at HostingCon 2010.

Our consultants will share details about the ICANN Accreditation process, costs, pre-requisites, and other useful information; we will also conduct an on-the-spot feasibility analysis for webhosts considering an ICANN Accreditation.

As part of our limited time period promotion, HostingCon attendees will be eligible to avail of our ICANN Accreditation services completely Free of cost!

So drop by our booth (#216) and say hello.

You can also fill in the quick contact form here to schedule an appointment with our consultant beforehand.

And yes, did I mention that you can win an iPad, and lots of geeky goodies :)

See you at Austin.

Cheers,

Sandeep Ramchandani

Director, Strategic Partnerships