Nov 18, 2014

New Managed DNS service defeats latency

Paul Painter, Director, Solutions Engineering

DNS_serviceEarlier this month, we launched our new Managed DNS service. DNS (Domain Name System) is used to convert easily remembered URLs like “” into IP addresses. Anyone that has an online presence uses DNS. Unfortunately, DNS is often overlooked and can become a hidden source of latency for websites and Internet applications. With many web applications becoming more complex, they increasingly pull data from numerous domains. Too many DNS queries can cause bottlenecks and delay users that are trying to access your content.

Broad footprint and global anycast

To address these issues, our Managed DNS is supported by 24 points of presence worldwide and uses global anycast. Global anycast ensures that your users get directed to the closest name server (rather than broadly distributing requests), thereby improving DNS performance and uptime. If your website or applications reference a number of other domains or you have a user base that spans across many regions or continents, our Managed DNS service can help your users get the best browsing experience possible.

Configure your DNS directly from our customer portal and/or use our API to significantly reduce time spent integrating Managed DNS with your hosting environment and web applications.

Key benefits of Managed DNS include:

  • Fully managed network with Managed Internet Route OptimizerTM (MIRO) minimizes latency and improves DNS consistency.
  • 24 POPs worldwide so that DNS queries are sent to the closest name server.
  • Support for multiple record types including A, AAAA, NS, MX, CNAME, TXT and SRV.
  • Intuitive web interface to allow you to create, publish or modify zone files and record types to map your domains.
  • Customizable API provides the control and flexibility you need to quickly get your websites up and running.


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Paul Painter

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