Managed DNS Services

Managed DNS Services Overview

A DNS server manages resolution between public IP addresses and their host names. A managed DNS service relieves much of the hassle associated with hosting your own DNS server. When self-hosting a DNS server, downtime can disrupt service delivery and requires troubleshooting. Managed DNS services provide far more resilient networks of servers. By steering traffic dynamically they improve access to digital assets and reduce DNS load time.

Managed DNS providers may also offer security features such as web application firewalls (WAFs), DDoS protection, web filtering and anti-malware. Many managed DNS providers specialize in failover, a common feature to ensure uptime by redirecting traffic away from endpoints that have gone down. Alternately, secondary DNS is a strategy to prevent outage whereby multiple authoritative servers are always available to answer queries.

Managed DNS Products

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Oracle Dyn Managed DNS

Oracle Dyn DNS (domain name system) is an infrastructure-as-a-service that is touted by Oracle Dyne as one of the highest performance global networks existent. It is available as a managed DNS with secondary DNS available for more reliable business continuity on higher service tiers.…

Cloudflare

Cloudflare

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Cloudflare, from the company of the same name in San Francisco, provides DDoS and bot mitigation security for business domains, as well as a content delivery network (CDN) and web application firewall (WAF).

Cisco Umbrella

Cisco Umbrella

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Cisco now offers OpenDNS Umbrella Web Filtering. Cisco acquired OpenDNS in August 2015, and rebranded the product as Cisco Umbrella.

Amazon Route 53

Amazon Route 53 is a Cloud Domain Name System (DNS) offered by Amazon AWS as a reliable way to route visitors to web applications and other site traffic to locations within a company's infrastructure, which can be configured to monitor the health and performance of traffic and endpoints…

Google Cloud DNS

Google Cloud DNS is a managed DNS service, featuring a global network of anycast servers and touting reliability, availability, and performance.

Infoblox DDI (BloxOne)

Infoblox DDI consolidate DNS, DHCP and IP address management into a single platform, deployed on-site and managed from a common console.

Azure DNS

Microsoft offers Azure DNS, a managed network of name servers supplying availability, support for migration, and DNS security.

Neustar UltraDNS

UltraDNS is a managed DNS service from web security company Neustar, featuring built-in security and threat intelligence.

Akamai Edge DNS

Akamai Edge DNS is a managed DNS touting high availability and strong DDoS protection, deployable as a primary or secondary DNS solution.

NS1

NS1 in New York offers a range of managed DNS solutions across a worldwide anycast network of servers, featuring intelligent real-time traffic routing and a full security suite.

F5 Silverline Managed Services

Silverline Managed Services from F5 Networks includes Silverline DDoS which detects and mitigates large-scale, SSL, or application-targeted attacks in real time, Silverline Web Application Firewall, and add on service the Silverline Threat Intelligence service.

Verizon ROUTE

Verizon offers a managed DNS service, ROUTE, touting high performance and availability with their extensive worldwide network.

CDNetworks Cloud DNS

CDNetworks offers their managed Cloud DNS service providing DNS protection against spoofing and cache poisoning, and high availability of web applications.

CloudfloorDNS

Everbridge offers the CloudfloorDNS managed DNS service, supporting enterprises with a high availability DNS network, domain management and load balancing, DNS failover, and geo-aware traffic routing.

Verisign Managed DNS

Virisign offers a range of DNS services, including their Managed DNS featuring traffic management, DDoS resilience, primary and secondary hosting, zone restore, and a suite of security tools.

IBM Domain Name Services (DNS)

IBM offers managed DNS via the IBM Cloud, providing full-service domain registration and administration featuring a simple interface and account activity tracking.

Constellix

Constellix aims to make the Internet faster and more reliable through multi-cloud and multi-CDN management powered by intelligent traffic routing services. Constellix is a subsidiary of Tiggee, the creators of DNS Made Easy , and the provider of IP Anycast enterprise DNS services.…

Afilias FlexDNS

Afilias offers FlexDNS, a managed DNS service.

INAP Managed DNS

The vendor states that INAP’s Managed DNS service reduces latency and improves DNS consistency. It’s powered by the route optimization engine built into all of INAP’s products and services, which the vendor says adds a layer of intelligent automation to applications.

ArvanCloud CDN

ArvanCloud CDN servers deliver content from the nearest geolocation. Using numerous PoPs at important traffic points all around the world, the vendor states that ArvanCloud can accurately detect the geolocation of the users and ArvanCloud CDN servers deliver their content from the…

Micetro

Men&Mice headquartered in Kopavogur address three core network services — DNS, DHCP and IP address management, also known as DDI. Their focus is on making complex and heavy networks simple and flexible. Micetro (DNS, DHCP and IPAM) is an overlay network management solution that supports…

Learn More About Managed DNS Services

What are Managed DNS Services?

A DNS server manages resolution between public IP addresses and their host names. A managed DNS service relieves much of the hassle associated with hosting your own DNS server. When self-hosting a DNS server, downtime can disrupt service delivery and requires troubleshooting. Managed DNS services provide far more resilient networks of servers. By steering traffic dynamically they improve access to digital assets and reduce DNS load time.

Managed DNS providers may also offer security features such as web application firewalls (WAFs), DDoS protection, web filtering and anti-malware. Many managed DNS providers specialize in failover, a common feature to ensure uptime by redirecting traffic away from endpoints that have gone down. Alternately, secondary DNS is a strategy to prevent outage whereby multiple authoritative servers are always available to answer queries.

Managed DNS Service Features & Capabilities

Managed DNS service providers specialize in availability, security, continuity, or cover all three. Common features offered by managed DNS providers are as follows:
  • Large global DNS network to support resiliency
  • Intelligent traffic routing (geolocation, policy)
  • Global load balancing, cloud migration
  • DNS failover for service continuity
  • Secondary DNS
  • Distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection
  • Web application firewall (WAF)
  • Antimalware
  • DNS analytics (log generation, traffic analysis, usage & downtime trends)
  • Availability and disaster recovery
  • DNS propogation and change management

Pricing Information

Managed DNS service providers offer services on a monthly pay-as-you go basis or on a subscription basis. Lower tier small business plans support a relatively limited number of domains or queries per second (QPS) vs. corporate plans. Enterprise plans offer wider feature sets like traffic steering, failover, more comprehensive analytics, and dedicated account support.

Frequently Asked Questions

What businesses benefit most from Managed DNS Services?

Managed DNS services are most important for businesses that highly value uptime for their online content. Businesses that can’t afford any downtime should see managed DNS as essential.

Are there free or open source managed DNS solutions?

There are no fully featured free managed DNS solutions. For businesses that need managed DNS solutions, a paid solution will be required.

How much do managed DNS solutions cost?

Managed DNS services are charged on a monthly basis, and their cost depends on a few factors. The first factor is the number of domains supported. The next factor is traffic. For businesses with a small number of domains and traffic, managed DNS is highly affordable.