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Nominum Broadens Intelligent DNS Impact With SKYE Cloud Services

Nominum, the leader in intelligent network naming and addressing today announced that it has extended its business through a new and independent business unit called SKYE™. SKYE offers a suite of cloud-based services to address infrastructure and new service needs, such as web services that connect to and augment Nominum's installed base of Intelligent DNS systems worldwide, and provide enhanced navigation, safety, and security for end-user subscribers. SKYE also makes Nominum's Intelligent DNS available to new markets by delivering fast, secure, and reliable hosted DNS services via a cloud infrastructure based on the same software currently serving over 170 million broadband households.

"DNS has evolved from a simple name resolution protocol to a policy-based system that provides essential availability, auditing and security services for the entire ecosystem of web-based applications," said Eric Ogren, principal analyst at the Ogren Group. "Since the first step of any Internet request is a DNS look-up, the name service is a natural position to deploy technology asserting manageable controls over the complexities and threats of today's Internet. With web threats dominating the Internet, the time could not be better for Nominum to launch its SKYE service for ISPs and enterprises."

SKYE is being offered by Nominum to:

  • Ensure that Nominum's Intelligent DNS technology is available to the broadest market segment of enterprises and Internet Service Providers. Customers who seek to offer their end-users the added stability, security, and headroom offered by Nominum's Intelligent DNS systems can now implement these benefits via a cloud-based service.
  • Deliver turn-key DNS-based navigation assistance and security services. Customers can now look to Nominum for complete search and security services helping end-users find the information they desire quickly across devices and access methods while protecting them from a growing range of threats such as phishing, bots, and malware.

"End users have complex needs and they are demanding that network owners take a more active role in improving and protecting their user experience," said Tom Tovar, Chief Executive Officer of Nominum. "With SKYE, carriers and enterprises can exceed these demands by augmenting the software purchased from Nominum, bringing to market a range of responsible, reliable and safe services to improve the user experience, and tying them directly into the largest coverage of any DNS solution on the Internet."

SKYE delivers the following four categories of services:

  • SKYE CORE – A caching DNS service making it possible for all enterprises and ISPs to seamlessly upgrade their DNS to the most reliable and secure technology. Additionally, SKYE CORE allows these organizations to take advantage of value-added services like SKYE SEARCH and SKYE TRUST. This service is based on the same Vantio Base Server software that is widely deployed and serving nearly half of the wired Internet.
  • SKYE SECURE – An authoritative DNS service tailored for enterprises and ISPs wanting more resilience, reliability, and security to protect online sites and applications from interruptions and other DNS threats. This service is based on the same Authoritative Name Server (ANS) software from Nominum that is deployed worldwide, and includes full support for DNSSEC.
  • SKYE SEARCH – A turn-key ISP-branded search destination solution providing broadband users with navigation assistance and search recommendations for a wide range of user-based DNS errors. Each page provides search results relevant to the error made and suggests alternatives that quickly navigate the user to their intended destinations. SKYE SEARCH works in conjunction with Nominum's Vantio NXR software module that is deployed in a service provider network. Additionally, it can be used by service providers that are SKYE CORE customers. Together, the software and the service enable the industry's only responsible and end-user focused service.
  • SKYE TRUST – A threat management service that acts as the primary source of data in the fight against malicious activity on the Internet (e.g., malware, botnets, spam, phishing sites, etc.) and illegal content such as government-restricted gambling sites, or child exploitation content. SKYE TRUST goes beyond aggregating diverse sets of "black lists" and adapts in real-time to traffic patterns that indicate emerging threats.

"Other DNS hosting providers offer nothing more than freeware in the cloud," said Jon Shalowitz, Vice President and General Manager of the newly created SKYE business unit. "Cloud-based solutions that leverage freeware provide little value to end users, enterprises, and ISPs because the inherent vulnerabilities and challenges of these legacy solutions remain. By leveraging a cloud model, SKYE accelerates the move away from legacy DNS and onto the only commercial-grade, secure DNS solution in the marketplace."

Availability of SKYE Services

All SKYE services are available immediately to enterprises, ISPs, and government organizations.

About SKYE

SKYE™ is a cloud-based service offering for DNS and DNS-related services addressing today's needs for all networks. SKYE combines all of the benefits of cloud computing with Nominum's expertise in large scale broadband network design and operations. It is powered by Nominum's industry leading software that supports over 170 million households via more than one hundred service providers across every region of the world.

SKYE employs a highly-redundant infrastructure, carrier grade data centers and transport facilities, and an industry leading networking infrastructure deployed across multiple locations globally. SKYE consists of several cloud services offering the most secure DNS services on the Internet starting with SKYE™ SECURE and SKYE™ CORE for authoritative and caching naming services, and SKYE™ SEARCH and SKYE™ TRUST for navigational assistance and threat mitigation services, respectively. Learn more about SKYE by visiting www.nominum.com/skye/.


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About Nominum


Nominum is the innovation leader in DNS software and Internet Activity Applications. The company's Vantio™ CacheServe software powers the Internet for the world's largest CSPs in 40 countries. Vantio™ ThreatAvert software arms CSP's with the power to stop the spread of inside threats such as botnets and DNS-based DDoS amplification attacks that could impact network availability and reputation. Nominum's N2 applications enable CSP's marketing and customer care teams to leverage subscribers' Internet Activity to better engage, build brand loyalty, improve marketing ROI, and open up new business models. Nominum is a global organization headquartered in Redwood City, CA. Learn More

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