|Founded||Redwood City, California, U.S.
|Headquarters||Redwood City, California|
|Key people||Gary Messiana (CEO)
Paul Mockapetris (Chairman)
Sanjay Kapoor (CMO & SVP Strategy)
Sandy Wilbourn (VP Engineering)
Nominum is an American software company headquartered in Redwood City, California, United States.
The company develops caching and authoritative DNS software designed to maintain network reliability and performance. It also develops software designed to prevent the spread of inside threats such as botnets and DNS-based amplification attacks in service provider networks. The company recently launched applications based on Subscriber Internet activity analytics. These DNS-based applications are designed to increase customer retention, engagement and monetization.
Nominum was founded in 1999 to develop BIND 9 and ISC DHCP3 for the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC). Following its work on these projects, Nominum undertook to create the world’s first commercial-grade DNS and DHCP solutions.
Under the leadership of Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of the DNS  and Ted Lemon, author of the first widely used DHCP implementation, Nominum released two products: Caching Name Server (CNS) and Dynamic Configuration Server (DCS) – the first commercial-grade DNS and DHCP products – in 2002.
During the 2000s Nominum built up a customer base for its DNS technologies  with the result that today, Nominum’s DNS software powers the networks of Communication Service Providers in 40 countries, involving 30% of global web traffic  and supporting over 500 million internet users worldwide.
In 2009 the company introduced a new DNS security capability that functions as a spam blacklist, providing automated, real-time checking of DNS queries against a list of known malicious sites. This was based on Nominum’s Trusted Response and Universal Enforcement (TRUE) technology, which protects broadband users and devices against a range of Internet threats and malicious content.
In November 2013, Nominum launched Vantio ThreatAvert, software for fixed-line and mobile networks, designed to stop the spread of threats that originate from within the network itself.
In February 2014, the company announced the launch of a suite of N2 applications for fixed-line and mobile networks. The applications N2 Care, N2 Engage and N2 Promote use DNS-based Internet activity data to enable customer care and marketing teams to send targeted communications and offers via in-browser messaging to their subscribers.
Nominum products are categorized under two brands:
- Vantio™ - DNS engines and security products – targeted to telecommunication network and security teams
- N2 – DNS-based customer and marketing analytics applications - targeted to telecommunication marketing and customer care teams
Network Infrastructure (DNS)
- Vantio CacheServe
- Vantio AuthServe
- Vantio ThreatAvert
- Global Intelligence Xchange
- N2 Care Application Suite
- N2 Engage Application Suite
- N2 Promote Application Suite
Since its launch in 1999, Nominum has received $41M in total funding. The company’s investors include Morgenthaler Venture Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Juniper Networks, Verisign, Globespan Global Partners, Advanced Technology Ventures, Presidio STX, and SVB India Capital Partners.
Nominum works with a variety of partners in the security industry, including IBM, F-Secure, Sophos, Fortinet and Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. It also has relationships with several channel partners covering the EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific markets.
Nominum’s customers include some of the biggest telecoms firms worldwide, including Comcast, Virgin Media, Telefónica, Swisscom NTT, Verizon, BT, Rostelecom, the Netherlands’ KPN and India’s Bharti Airtel.