OpenDNS Gives a Shout Out to the Windy City; Announces Fifth U.S. Server Location in Chicago to Better Serve American Users

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Additional Chicago Datacenter Means Even Faster, More Reliable Internet for Users Across Mid-Western U.S. and Beyond

OpenDNS, the award-winning navigation service that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable today announced it has added a datacenter in Chicago, IL to better serve OpenDNS users across the mid-western United States and beyond. The Chicago servers, which went live today, mark the fifth datacenter for OpenDNS in the United States, joining Palo Alto, CA, Seattle, WA, Ashburn, VA and New York, NY.

OpenDNS, the world's largest and fastest-growing DNS provider, added the Chicago datacenter as part of its continuous effort to improve the navigation service. The company's sophisticated anycast routing technology means wherever you are in the world, your DNS requests are automatically routed to the OpenDNS servers physically closest to you. The Chicago servers will speed page load times for users closer to Chicago than other, pre-existing OpenDNS locations.

The additional datacenter couldn't come at a better time. In the wake of the unveiling of a major flaw in the Internet's DNS, and the announcements that most ISPs are vulnerable and OpenDNS is not, the service has experienced record numbers of new users switching to OpenDNS from their ISP's DNS.

"I made the conversion to OpenDNS when I found that our ISP had not patched a critical security flaw in their DNS Servers," said Joe Granneman, Chief Technical Officer for Rockford Health System in Rockford, IL. "OpenDNS was never vulnerable to the security flaw and offers many other services that make running a 21st century health care data network easier."

"By using OpenDNS as our DNS server, it allows a second check on all Web traffic coming into our schools," said Steve Carrington, Network Administrator for Murphyborough School District in Murphysborough, IL. "OpenDNS has assisted in stopping unwanted Internet traffic from making it to our student's computers."

About OpenDNS
OpenDNS is free to use and 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: http://www.opendns.com

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