Amazon Route 53 Reviews

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We're using Route53 to manage all of our internal DNS entries within our company. It has allowed us to map URLs to many different IP addresses and is easier to keep track of what address points go to which server.
  • New DNS entries work almost instantly and they're very easy to setup. It's very user-friendly.
  • None that we've seen. It just works well.
Route53 is great with setting DNS entries, no matter what type they are.
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Route 53 provides a nice centralized location for managing our domains. It makes it easy to assign DNS records to various AWS instances, elastic load balancers or aliases to other servers not located inside AWS infrastructure. Route 53 has had great availability and ensured our DNS setup is relatively painless and not needing concern.
  • Easy setup of various DNS records, TXT, SPF, and any other type needed.
  • Facilitates creating aliases between DNS records and AWS resources (Elastic load balancer, AWS instance, etc).
  • Bulletproof and highly available, rare to run into issues with DNS lookup.
  • Would be nice if Amazon provided some troubleshooting capabilities or for a given domain run through some checks (MX record setup, etc).
  • Some of the UI could be improved when setting values for things like TXT records which aren't well described in the Route 53 interface.
  • Would be helpful to have an alternate view of Hosted zones and the records within. Sorting by recordset type helps but with many records for a given zone you can get lost.
Route 53 is the best DNS solution for those hosted in Amazon Web Services (you can easily set aliases to AWS resources): S3 Buckets, Elastic Load Balancers, etc. Any organization with multiple domains or a single domain hosted in AWS is a good fit. If you aren't hosted in AWS, it may offer fewer advantages and you may want to go with your hosting provider depending on who they are.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Route53 is an easily accessible and simple DNS service that's integrated with AWS. We use Route53 for any web applications that we deploy and I have used Route53 for all of my personal projects that need DNS routing. While it does lack some control when routing traffic to resources outside of AWS, it solves any tangible need for AWS-hosted applications.
  • Route53's UI is quite simple and can be understood and manipulated within minutes of introduction.
  • Route53 is globally scalable and customizable, allowing you to set intuitive fail overs and routing based on latency, location, random, or set policies.
  • With AWS-hosted infrastructure, Route53 allows for a special set of alias records with extended privileges to simplify your DNS solution.
  • With non-AWS infrastructure, you're limited to simple DNS records and a restricted set of features compare to AWS deployments.
  • Route53 does cost more than competitors such as Namecheap or GoDaddy, making it a poor choice if used with infrastructure not hosted on AWS.
Great when used with AWS infrastructure. It gives you additional features and permissions that you do not get when you use Route53 with outside applications. This is the end-all be-all for using Route53, as all of its pros are lost when you migrate your resources outside of AWS and have to use its handicapped capabilities.
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Score 7 out of 10
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Route 53 is used as the primary DNS registrar and provider for the organization. It allows users from many different departments to effectively register new domains and manage DNS entries. The ability to Terraform DNS entries within AWS is also critical for the workflow, as it allows the organization to manage infrastructure as code, including DNS.
  • High availability and global scaling.
  • Rich feature set.
  • Ability to manage infrastructure as code.
  • Account based limits that often have to be reached while scaling, and is hard to proactively anticipate.
  • Limited health checking and monitoring capabilities.
  • Higher cost compared to some other providers.
AWS Route 53 is great for cases where an organization is already using AWS and wants to consolidate services into a single provider with programmatic access. The ability to automate, script, and manage infrastructure as code within Amazon Route 53 creates great opportunities for a CI/CD pipeline for the complicated microservice infrastructures that are frequently deployed today.
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Score 9 out of 10
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DNS is a core piece of any internet backbone. Route 53 provides distributed and resilient DNS services with little effort. Moving to Route 53 is as simple as either updating your domain's name server records, or to move the domain to AWS. Route 53 provides a simple and inexpensive mechanism for managing and serving DNS traffic.
  • Distributed servers around the world. AWS handles this automatically, distributing DNS records to geographically diverse locations.
  • Simple, intuitive interface. Route 53 provides a web-based portal for viewing and modifying DNS records.
  • API services. Route 53 provides a robust API for accessing and manipulating DNS entries.
  • Integration with other AWS services. If you're using other AWS services, Route 53 integrates directly, allowing for aliases and load balancing.
  • Bulk entry of DNS records via the web interface can be difficult. Records are required to be in BIND format and can only be imported into an empty zone. Once records exist, you can no longer import in bulk via the web interface.
DNS is almost always necessary, and Route 53 does this well. Even when not using other AWS services, Route 53 provides a reliable service worth investing in. The cost to run a Route 53 instance is minimal and the reduced overhead of not having to directly manage your DNS servers is worth the investment.
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About 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 in the network.
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