A Guide To Managed DNS

As part of a suite of managed services, managed Domain Name Service can bring incredible value to an enterprise. This is because DNS is quietly one of the most important points of access for any business with an online component – as well as one of the most vulnerable to failure and compromise.

What is DNS?
DNS, in its simplest form, is like a phone book for the Internet. It allows you to look up a person or businesses name and find their contact information. Once a business registers a domain, with that domain comes a variety of other responsibilities and options, not least of which is maintaining DNS infrastructure.

“DNS is like an Internet phone book.”

Why managed DNS?
While many free domain registrars may provide some basic functionality – for more advanced functions and enterprise class performance, it makes sense to opt for a managed DNS provider. This is because, like data center operation and server maintenance itself, DNS management is a full-time job and downtime is extremely costly. Enterprises can’t afford to use “Free” DNS services because they are not built for efficiency and performance.

To ensure peak DNS performance, uptime and speed, redundancy is key. Managed DNS providers like ColoSpace offer services through a network of DNS servers deployed globally and 24x7x365 domain monitoring from multiple geographic regions. Hosting a domain on internal DNS servers presents a single point of failure, invites a host of security threats, and adds unnecessary latency to virtually every web, e-mail, and other Internet transaction.

“ISPs’ overloaded and rarely maintained DNS servers, adding even half-seconds to response times, play a big role in how fast Web sites seem to respond,” wrote Charlie Schluting for the Enterprise Networking Planet blog. “Speed, however is not the only reason DNS matters. DNS is a vulnerable point in terms of security, possibly enabling phishing and redirection attacks that even security experts wouldn’t notice happening.”

How can ColoSpace help?
ColoSpace has partnered with Dyn, the largest privately owned DNS provider in the world, and now provides all of its customers managed DNS via Dyn’s industry leading platform. Dyn helps manage traffic for users all over the world, ensuring 100 percent uptime due to its superior infrastructure redundancy.

All ColoSpace, customers receive this service at no additional cost and also have the opportunity to upgrade to some advanced features, including:

  • High Availability with Failover. With round the clock monitoring from multiple geographic regions, you can trust your application are always online when you need them – no manual intervention required. Outages are detracted and traffic automatically rerouted to prevent any interruption or latency.
  • Global Server Load Balancing. Ensure optimal response times by automatically balancing site/application traffic load between servers and data centers. Perfect for sites with lumpy or unpredictable traffic patterns.
  • Geographic Load Balancing. Use geolocation technology to direct traffic to the closest server, reducing latency and improving performance.

To find out how ColoSpace can bring unparalleled performance, security, and availability to your enterprise, get in touch today.

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