Key-Systems celebrates 15th birthday

The domain registrar Key-Systems, which currently manages more than 3 million web addresses (domains) for more than 70,000 retail/corporate customers and 1,800 resellers worldwide, celebrates its 15th company anniversary in October. Since its foundation in 1998 the Key-Systems GmbH has emerged as one of the leading European companies for the distribution and management of domains and ranks among the 15 largest providers for web addresses with generic extensions such as .COM and .NET (gTLDs) worldwide. Key-Systems’ business areas include the retail customer portal, the reseller portal and the corporate domain service Currently, Key-Systems employs 70 employees at the German headquarters and the U.S. subsidiary. Together with NameDrive, Moniker and SnapNames, Key-Systems is member of the Luxembourg KeyDrive Holding S.A.


Since 2005 the Key-Systems GmbH regularly appears on the statistic portal among the top 15 of the largest and fastest growing ICANN registrars worldwide (according to the number of managed gTLD domain names). In addition, Key-Systems has been awarded four times with the “Deloitte Fast 50 Technology Award” as one of the top 10 fastest growing technology companies in Germany in recent years.

“Key-Systems' success story proceeds as our company continues to grow. Currently, we are looking forward to new challenges, which certainly include the launch of over 700 new extensions for web addresses”, states Alexander Siffrin, CEO of the Key-Systems GmbH.

While studying Siffrin founded 1998 the Key-Systems GbR located in Friedrichsthal, Germany, which passed into the Key-Systems GmbH and received its accreditation as a domain provider from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2000. The end customer portal also started in the year 2000, followed by the reseller portal in 2001 and the corporate domain portal in 2009. In this year, the US subsidiary, Key-Systems USA, Inc., based in Leesburg, Virginia, with Bonnie Wittenburg as Executive Vice President was founded.

Further, Key-Systems was founding member of the “dotSaarland e.V.”, an association to support the application for the new top level domain .SAARLAND. In 2010, the company moved the German headquarters from Zweibrücken to St. Ingbert in its own company building. The foundation of the SKYWAY DataCenter GmbH, a 100 percent Key-Systems' subsidiary, followed in the same year.

In 2011 the KeyDrive S.A. was created by the merger of Key-Systems and NameDrive. Since January 2012, the U.S. companies Moniker LLC and SnapNames Inc. also are holding members.

Since 2012 Key-Systems' system for operating TLD registries, KSregistry, is technical back-end provider for the country-code TLDs .DM, .TC, .VG and .GD. In 2011 the company had already signed contracts for the registry operation of 31 new TLDs applicants. Further, started a cooperation with Google Apps, delivering domain registrations for Google Apps customers.

The launch of over 700 new TLDs such as .SHOP, .WEB or .APP is expected to begin still in 2013. Key-Systems already offers free and non-binding pre-orders via its end customer portal, its reseller portal and its corporate domain portal

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