IT Enterprise Services
As an IT system house we plan and develop individual web-based software solutions which are operated in-house in our own data center in Dortmund.
Besides software and website development, we also offer hosting services. We offer the full range of services, from cloud services and virtual hosting over dedicated servers to high-availability solutions. For all inquiries and questions, our customers can always be sure to directly reach competent contact persons and no call center.
A lot has happened at Knipp over the last decades. Here are some of our most important milestones:
Development of a first PC based program for photosetting for our own usage. Compared to conventional techniques, our pogram led to a significant reduction of the required production times for books and extensive works of reference.
Relocation to the "TechnologiePark Dortmund" close to the Technical University of Dortmund. Extension of the photosetting program to a fully automatic pagebreak with complex tables, footnotes, images, synopses, mathematical and chemical formulas, polychromatism and non-Latin characters (Greek, Cyrillic).
Acquisition of well-known academic publishers as customers, such as Harenberg Lexikonverlag, Walter de Gruyter, Springer Heidelberg, Linden-Verlag.
Expansion of the business activity as Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Development of a database system for multimedia use (Print, CD-ROM, Internet) of texts and pictures. Programming of a CD-ROM user interface which is used for regular updates of juridical reference books.
Production of the encyclopedia "Was geschah am" (Harenberg-Verlag) plus simultaneous publication on the Internet.
The renaming of the company in "Knipp Medien und Kommunikation" reflects the strongly increased meaning of Internet services as a business field. Knipp is one of the first Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the Ruhr area.
First Website of the Eurowings Luftverkehrs AG goes online - conception, programming and operations. Online booking of a flight is possible for the first time. Development in Java of the client and server side.
Knipp becomes a member of RIPE, the authority responsible for the administration of IP address ranges and AS numbers in Europe, the Near East and Central Asia. As a Local Internet Registry, Knipp is authorised to assign IP addresses after conducting a requirements check; e. g., so-called Class C nets consisting of 256 IP adresses each.
As a founding member of CORE (Geneva), Knipp is the first operational registration agency for .com, .net and .org domains in Europe. These domains can be ordered directly in Germany without any detour via the USA.
Extension of the domain portfolio to over 30 European top-level domains.
The Domain Registration System (DRS) is introduced as the first of its kind. It enables the fully automatic registration and management of domain names.
Our Website wins the iF design award 2004 in the discipline Screendesign and Interface. Criteria were, among others, efficiency, simplicity, interaction and communication, aesthetics, »Look and Feel« as well as innovation and design quality.
First implementation of the new IDN standard for the registration of domain names with special characters in our DRS.
Commissioning of the new in-house data center with redundant power supply and several fire sections at the Dortmund location.
Setup of our own nameserver infrastructure with 10 locations worldwide. From the beginning, this nameserver infrastructure supported IPv4 and IPv6 and can be used for multicast and anycast solutions. The underlying nameserver infrastructure is based on Knipp's ironDNS® technology.
The entire electricity supply is provided by 100% CO2-neutral, regenerative energy sources.
We now use agile methods for our software development processes.
The first larger software package that is produced with Scrum is Knipp's TANGO Registry Services®. The system is initially used by thirty top-level domains. It is the biggest software project in Knipp's history – with roughly 1.1 million lines of code.
The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), established by ICANN to leverage intellectual property protection, takes up its work on March 26, 2013. Knipp is official Trademark Agent, accepts registrations of trademarks for the TMCH and as a special service verifies the required data information and documents.
CORE is elected to become one of three globally acting Emergency Back-End Registry Operators (EBERO) for top-level domains, some kind of firefighters for struggling registries. For the operation of such TLDs and a guaranteed take-over time of four hours at most, a special version of Knipp's TANGO Registry Services® is used.
The Cyrillic top-level domains .онлайн (.online) and .сайт (.site) from CORE use our TANGO Registry Services®.
.ruhr is launched as the first new top-level domain in Germany. The technical operation is conducted by Knipp on the TANGO platform. With the ironDNS® technology a further of our products adds to the stable operation of the .ruhr TLD.
More new top-level domains begin their operation with our TANGO Registry Services®. Among them are .koeln, .cologne, .nrw, .quebec as well as the Arabic TLD بازار. (.bazaar).
Expansion of the data center capacities in Amsterdam (Backup systems for the location in Dortmund).
Several .Brand TLDs of our customers are delegated, for example .bauhaus, .sap, .man, .gmx and .ifm. New generic TLDs, such as .swiss, .telefonica and .madrid, follow.
ISO 27001 Certificate: Our security measures satisfy the highest international standards and are periodically reviewed by an independent certifier.
.swiss goes online with Knipp's registry plattform. For the realisation of the strict admission and allocation process, TANGO Registry Services® excels with one of its greatest strengths: its flexibility.
The new monitoring software for domain portfolios mambo⁺ is published.
The new smart mambo⁺ bulb is publicly presented on the ICANN meeting in Copenhagen. These LED RGB Bluetooth bulbs signal status updates of domain abuse cases within a domain portfolio, supplementing to the automated reports and e-mail alerts that mambo⁺ provides out of the box.
Knipp relaunches its Website in a fresh, new look with a focus on mobile clients.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes effective and keeps the industry on their toes. The new regeluation causes paper work and requires changes in software, especially in customer projects. Thanks to the ISO 27001 certification, processes at Knipp already comply with high standards. Only few adjustments need to be made.
mambo⁺ Abuse Reports: The functionality of our successful domain monitoring solution is constantly being expanded. With their Abuse Reports, registry users get all the information required by ICANN and many other useful data and statistics.
Knipp becomes a member of ICANN's Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG), the main representative body of ICANN accredited domain name registrars. Being part of this group allows us to leverage the interest of registrars like ourselves and to serve as the voice of our customers in the policy making process.
Knipp has successfully renewed its ISO 27001 certification. The recertification proves that Knipp's information security concept and the way information is handled comply with highest international security standards.
mambo⁺ continues to grow: For the first time, the number of monitored domains rises above 60 million.
The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 strongly affects everyday life and the economy worldwide. For the first time, Knipp's business continuity plans are implemented outside of tests. The good news: all systems and services continue to operate with nearly no restrictions.
The DNS infrastructure technology of ironDNS® is continuously getting better, e.g. by hardened security mechanisms for the protection of zone data before and during their transmission. In 2020, a completely new REST Interface was introduced in addition to the constantly enhanced SOAP-API.