Australia Zoo Conserves Bandwidth, Enjoys 100 Percent Network Uptime with OpenDNS

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Network administrator describes OpenDNS as "exemplary" and "unfailable."

OpenDNS, the award-winning DNS service that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced Australia Zoo is using the service across the entire corporate network to improve the Internet experience for its more than 500 employees. Australia Zoo is the home of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, spans more 600 acres and houses more than 1,000 native and exotic animals. OpenDNS is the world's largest, fastest-growing DNS service.

Prior to making the switch to OpenDNS, Australia Zoo was reliant upon a single local server that referenced the root name servers directly, as well as limited "deep packet inspection" capabilities on its firewalls, all of which proved tedious to the network administrators. Zoo IT staffers sought a solution that would ease the job of managing DNS and also provide a way to filter Web content and save bandwidth. After testing OpenDNS on individual machines, the team decided to roll it out network-wide.

"It saves needless Internet usage which in Australia can amount to sizable excess usage bills," said Ben Johns, network administrator for Australia Zoo. "Plus having a service that's available to all of our sites and remote users saves us from buying filtering software and appliances."

Australia Zoo has two name services within its network that all workstations and servers use for internal and external lookups. Johns has set all to forward all external requests to OpenDNS. He also set each of the Zoo's remote/VPN users to use OpenDNS so they don't have to worry about changing settings when traveling.

"The service has been exemplary and unfailable, the technical support is prompt and courteous and the features and statistics are abundant," said Johns. "I like the simplicity of having a single DNS service instead of using one for each ISP. While that was enough for me to begin using OpenDNS it's the extras that have made it a valuable service for a cost conscious organization like Australia Zoo."

About Australia Zoo:
Australia Zoo spans more than 60 acres and houses more than 1,000 native and exotic animals. It packs in stacks of wildlife action every day and move at a great rate of knots -- there are always plenty of exciting wildlife shows to see, friendly and knowledgeable zoo keepers to chat with and heaps of drop-dead gorgeous animals that can't wait to get up close and personal. If you've ever wanted to cuddle a koala, hand-feed an Asian Elephant, walk alongside a Bengal Tiger, take a Tasmanian Devil for a stroll, wrap a snake around your shoulders or watch a massive Saltwater Crocodile launch a strike from the water's edge, then Australia Zoo is your ultimate destination. For more information about Australia Zoo, please visit:

About OpenDNS:
OpenDNS makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Based in San Francisco, the company operates a large distributed network that powers a new kind of recursive DNS (Domain Name System) service that provides all Internet users increased security, reliability and performance. OpenDNS is thoroughly committed to building and operating the best DNS platform in the world and to improving the Internet. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit:


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