abcAnd so continues on the ABC's of Networking.  For today's letter of "B" I could have talked about bandwidth, BIGipCookie, browsers, buffer size, or bursting restrictions but I opted to pick one of the core components that keeps the internet's wheels rolling.  Today's word is the Berkeley Internet Name Domain, otherwise known as BIND.

"B" is for BIND

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BIND

Pronounced: bahynd
Abbreviations: BIND, 81|\|[)

BIND, short for Berkeley Internet Name Domain, is the most commonly used DNS server on the Internet and the de facto standard on Unix-like systems.  DNS, or Domain Name System, is the "Phone book" for the Internet.  It is the protocol that allows a program to convert a user friendly server name into a physical location on the network.  Browsers use this to convert a website like www.google.com to the physical server location that is running that website.  In fact, a "nslookup" of www.google.com is likely to go to a BIND server to resolve that address for you.  A protocol is just a bunch of text in a specification until someone goes around and implements it and BIND deserves credit for being one of the longest living and largest footprint DNS implementations on the planet.

See Also: BIND on Wikipedia; BIND Developers site