[Community-Discuss] AfriNIC whois servers down

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com
Tue Feb 5 06:53:11 UTC 2019

Hi AfriNIC Community,

I am deliberately posting this to the community mailing list - since this issue affects *everyone* and is not a isolated issue that I will send via a normal ticket (though I have copied in AfriNIC support as well)

I noticed this morning that AFRINIC whois servers are not responding - and we are getting timeouts to these servers.  My first thought was that this may be some kinda issue from our side (routing or something), but have since verified this with 4 other unrelated providers - all seeing the same issue.

Now - I understand maintenance - and I understand outages - however - whois servers are actually a pretty critical piece of infrastructure - so I have three questions

  1.  When will this be fixed
  2.  Why was this community not informed of an outage to these servers the moment it happened
  3.  What are the redundancies in place for these servers considering that amongst other things - the route object database is accessed via this mechanism - which makes this critical to generation of filters and other such things - and I notice that both servers sit on a single subnet - that almost certainly sits in the same geographic location.
  4.  Considering that this community puts enough emphasis on whois data to restrict RDNS to subnets that are not assigned (and hence in whois) - it is incumbent on AFRINIC to keep these servers functional!

I look forward to prompt answers


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