by Robert McMillan
APRIL 04, 2006
IDG NEWS SERVICE
For the second time in a week, domain-name registrar Network Solutions
Inc. has experienced a disruption of service. The company's Web site
was inaccessible for more than two hours earlier today because of an
outage at the company's Internet service provider, Savvis Inc.
"Our collocation provider experienced a global outage, so people could
not access their products and services from about 7:56 a.m. to about
10:02 a.m. this morning, Eastern time," said Susan Wade, a Network
Solutions spokeswoman. The provider in question was Savvis, she said.
The Network Solutions Web site is now operating normally, she said
Network Solutions was the first company authorized to register the
Internet's domain names, and its Web site is still widely used to
register and mange information about domain names.
This outage comes a week after the Herndon, Va.-based company's
WorldNIC Domain Name System (DNS) servers were hit by a
denial-of-service attack, which temporarily disrupted the servers (see
"Update: Two DNS servers hit by denial-of-service attacks" ). The
WorldNIC servers are used to translate domain names such as IDG.com
into the numerical Internet Protocol addresses used by computers on
Savvis officials could not be reached for comment, but discussion
early today on a list  used by network operators indicated that the
company may have had a problem at its data center in Weehawken, N.J.
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