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Global registry services provider Afilias today announced that it has been named as a recipient of the 2014 CIO 100 award. Now in its 27th year, the CIO 100 award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest levels of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

Afilias received the award for its development of a new generation of “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) applications, designed to transform the service delivery model of the domain name registry industry by integrating scalability, resiliency, convenience and economy into its global domain name registry system delivery platform.

Afilias’ Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ram Mohan, set the strategy and architected the deployment of the system with the objectives of reducing time to launch for a new domain, increasing resiliency in the face of cyber-attacks and reducing the cost of implementation for the company and its clients.

“Ram Mohan’s work has resulted in the creation of a globally available registry system that scales to support thousands of new top level domains while increasing flexibility, functionality and security,” said Hal Lubsen, President and CEO of Afilias. “This is especially important for global brands who are preparing for Round 2 of ICANN’s New gTLD program. Brands can now access an efficient, ICANN-compliant, state-of-the-art registry platform — and an award-winning one — that ensures the availability and security of their own top-level ‘dot Brand’ domain.”

Afilias CTO Ram Mohan added, “A particular point of interest in the system is the introduction of the ‘common wallet,’ which allows domain name resellers to log into the Afilias system and use a common wallet to buy domain names from a variety of providers hosted on Afilias’ platform. That’s an innovation in the domain industry and one that Afilias is proud to introduce.”

Afilias executives, along with other CIO 100 award winners, will be recognized at the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony, to be held on August 19, 2014.

About the CIO 100

Recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of external judges — many of them former CIOs — reviewed the applications in depth, looking for leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and selected the final 100.

Coverage of the 2014 CIO 100 awards will be available online at on August 1, 2014, and in the August 1 issue of CIO magazine.

About Afilias

Afilias is the world’s second largest domain registry, with more than 20 million names under management. Afilias powers a greater variety of top-level domains than any other provider, and will soon support hundreds of new TLDs now preparing for launch. Afilias’ specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a wide range of applications, including Internet domain registry servicesManaged DNS and mobile Web services like goMobi® and DeviceAtlas®. For more information on Afilias services, visit

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