Senior Infrastructure Architect at Nominum
Joined on April 18, 2012
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Ralf started his career as a software developer in the newspaper industry. In 1990 he received his first email address and was so stunned by the communication possibilities that he convinced the owner of the newspaper to electronically publish it on the net. As there where not a lot of end user access service at that time he created an full service ISP for that newspaper. He then joined Colt Telecom in 1998 to build there Internet service in Germany and as the company grew helped to engineer and operate Colts european backbone. After that he was responsible for Colts DNS service which run on Nominums products. In 2010 he decided to join Nominum to work even closer on the pulse of the Internet. When he's off-net and not with his family, which doesn't happen that often he likes to attend rock concerts.
I first became familiar with DNSSEC around 2002 when it was a feature of the Bind9 server, which I was using to setup a new authoritative DNS platform for customers of the ISP I was working for. I looked at it briefly, decided it was too complex and not worth investigating. A couple of years later a domain of a customer got poisoned in another ISPs network. And while the DNS service we provided was working properly, the customers impression was we hadn't protected them. more»