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The Value of DNS Efficiency

When it comes to a website one of the factors that tend to fall under the radar is the DNS. While DNS in itself holds such a vital importance to the success of a website it carries with it that unfortunate expectation that it should just be okay on it’s own.

 

The truth is, that couldn’t be much more opposite.

 

DNS is essentially what helps one computer read an IP address. When you go to look up a site of some sort the reaction is a list of steps that DNS takes in one form or another, that results in the display of information.

 

A few of these steps could be:

  • Requesting the information
  • Requesting information from root nameservers
  • If the information isn’t stored locally reaching for it from recursive DNS servers, which doesn’t always provide the solution and leads to checking into other options such as:
    • Authoritative DNS servers
    • TLD nameservers

 

And at the end result of all of this legwork there is the hope for one solution: acquiring information. This further presses the issue as to why efficient DNS management is taken into consideration.

Speed

No one likes to wait. Of the many flaws human nature has to offer it’s without question that our patience is our sore thumb. DNS resolves the concern of speed by properly having DNS requests ping proper locations.

 

If you have a customer or client accessing something through DNS servers and they are located in California and are sent through a DNS located in Asia there is a strong likelihood that the connection is going to be slow. Proper DNS efficiency means that it keeps the requests as local as can be granting maximum speed and satisfaction.

Reliability

Speed and reliability of DNS efficiency kind of cross over one another, but not entirely. By having multiple options set up that can bring information, once a DNS request is sent out, it grants the opportunity to make sure it’s foolproof. What is an example of it not being foolproof?

 

Imagine that you have a site set to very specific DNS providers that run along that same network and then a power outage of some sort occurs. Should this power outage take out both of these providers then it will take a given website and essentially shut it down.

 

This could also equate to being more than just a short-term problem, in the event the power outage of one of a serious nature it could knock the website down for an extended period of time. 

Special Features

Some DNS management providers offer special features to optimize and protect your DNS needs to a higher level. This could be redirection options and other things of that nature.

 

The more options that are available, the more likely it covers all the bases that may be a personal concern of your own. Take the time to consider all of these factors as to why DNS efficiency matters and keep not only your customers happy, but yourself as well. Additional resources can be found at BlueCat.

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