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06|25|2014 03:11 pm EDT

Is Key Systems running the new Google Registrar?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

While the domain and tech industry is abuzz talking about how Google is launching their new own retail registrar in a private beta that is mostly being tested with the help of employees, DNN embarked on the journey to uncover what Google’s technical solution looks liked; and in turn discovered that it appears that the new registrar is built on Key Systems’s RRPProxy – a hosted registrar/reseller solution.

DNN didn’t have to look far – the answer to the mystery is right in the whois – as part of the referral URL as to which whois server is to be queried. We did manage to find a Google related domain that is registered through Google’s registrar –

Domain Name: EXIT.COM
Registrar: GOOGLE INC.
Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Name Server: NS17.ZONEEDIT.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 10-feb-2014
Creation Date: 03-nov-1994
Expiration Date: 02-nov-2022

In the whois results, one line especially jumped out to us:

   Whois Server:

RRP Proxy, is the reseller system of the German company Key Systems, which is also available to be used by other ICANN accredited registrars.

DNN has reached out to Key Systems and Google for comment, but have not yet heard back.

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Rick Morrissey

June 25, 2014 @ 5:40 pm EDT

Isn’t Key Systems running Moniker now? If so I sincerely hope this article is incorrect, I can’t pull my domains out of the later fast enough.

Israel Galvez

June 25, 2014 @ 7:02 pm EDT

Correct. See:

Israel Galvez

June 25, 2014 @ 6:58 pm EDT

I did a Google search for “Registrar: Google Inc” and found 3 other .COM domain names that are registered in Google’s ICANN cred. You can see that these domains were also updated recently, which supports your findings:

Honestly, I would be glad that Google is piggy backing on another system to operate their registrar. Being a Google Apps customer since 2007, I’ve had to deal with Google’s poorly built system for handling domain renewals/registrations. Now, Google is an eNom and GoDaddy reseller, so these domain names were handled by GoDaddy and eNom on the backend. But I have not seen other resellers have such problems.

Just do a Googles search for “can’t renew Google Apps domain” and you will find a virtually limitless amount of complaints from customer’s who could not renew their domains because of Google’s system having issues or Google seemingly ignoring issues.

Josh Bond

June 25, 2014 @ 7:15 pm EDT

Moniker is the laughing stock of the domain industry. Everyone I know is getting their domains out. And Google is affiliated with the owners of Moniker, Key Drive??? Hah…

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