NZ Registry Services (NZRS) today announced that it has signed a two year Outsourcing Services agreement with Catalyst IT Limited for the provision of the Outsourcing Services covering the Shared Registry System (SRS) and Domain Name Server systems and applications.

NZRS undertook a comprehensive and robust Request for Information and Request for Proposal process which focused on continuity of service, incremental improvement, and low risk while improving the management framework.

The parties took particular care in crafting an outsourcing contract that would ensure the continued high availability of the NZRS systems.

NZRS General Manager, Nick Griffin stated “We are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of an agreement with Catalyst. The signing of this contract provides NZRS with an enhanced level of service for the next two years. Catalyst has provided NZRS with an excellent service over the last couple of years and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”

Mr Griffin went on to say “that this contract will ensure the continued high availability with stronger support for the SRS and DNS environments to Registrars and individuals who operate Domain Names”.

NZRS operates and manages the Shared Registry System and the Domain Name System for the .nz Top Level Domain. The company, established in 2002 to operate the shared registry system, had temporarily outsourced system support. The Board took the decision last year to continue outsourcing but on a longer term contract basis and one that improved quality and service levels. The registry currently supports in excess of 173,000 .nz domain names and has experienced strong growth in its 26 months of operation.