DNS Made Easy Introduces ANAME Records

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DNS Made Easy introduces the ANAME Record, a break-through in DNS.

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We are excited to be the first and only DNS provider in the industry to provide such a unique and complete service

DNS Made Easy, the industry's leading IP Anycast DNS provider, announced the release of ANAME records. ANAME records are exclusive to DNS Made Easy and are useful as an alternative to CNAME records. This industry leading technology is another step that shows why more clients make DNS Made Easy their preferred choice to over-priced and underperforming alternatives in the enterprise IP Anycast market.

CNAME records, or alias records, are used by DNS administrators to easily map names within their domain to other fully qualified domain names. The advantage of the CNAME record is that no knowledge of the IP address(es) associated with the target fully qualified domain name is required.

"Unfortunately the capabilities of CNAMEs did not come without sacrifice," explained David Miller, CTO of DNS Made Easy. "CNAME records cannot legally be created for the apex or root record of a domain. CNAME records must be unique; as such, users are not able to create additional records of different types (i.e. TXT, MX, etc.) at the same name. The uniqueness requirement also prevents the use of CNAME records in a round robin configuration. Finally, CNAME records can cause slower DNS resolution since they generally require at least a double DNS lookup. DNS Made Easy is committed to raising the bar in the industry as a whole, and we knew there had to be a better way. As a result, we designed one."

With DNS Made Easy’s ANAME Record type, clients of DNS Made Easy can now realize the same ease of use of CNAME records without all the limitations and decrease in performance.

When an ANAME record is created, DNS Made Easy will synthesize all A records required for the name within the domain from the current values of the target of the ANAME record. DNS Made Easy will then continuously monitor the A records associated with the ANAME’s target fully qualified domain name. Whenever the IP address(es) of an ANAME target change, DNS Made Easy will instantly update the necessary A Records using their proprietary Peregrine Instant DNS update technology.

ANAME records can be used at the apex or root record for a domain. Because the resulting DNS records are A records, there is no longer a limitation on allowing an alias at the root record.

ANAME records provide ability to load balance CNAME records. If the user creates multiple ANAME records with the same name, the IP addresses of the targets will all be added in a round robin configuration in DNS Made Easy. If the alias side of the record maps to multiple IPs itself, DNS Made Easy will recognize this and will immediately update and create the IP mappings.

ANAME records also solve the performance problem with CNAME records. The correct IP is returned on the first lookup, rather than requiring additional lookups by resolving name servers. Faster DNS lookups make websites load faster and improve SEO.

ANAME records are fully compatible with and extend the functionality of the Global Traffic Director service from DNS Made Easy. An ANAME record created with a GTD region will cause queries for the target’s value to be made only from hosts that are located within that particular region, this ensures that only regional values will be used for regional records and that traffic will continue to be directed geographically.

Most CDNs require CNAME records within customer domains to utilize the CDN service. Replacing these CNAME records with ANAME records can provide an extremely flexible and powerful solution to keep optimize the use of CDN services. The combination of ANAME records and GTD service removes the multiple DNS lookups of a CNAME and will provide regionally relevant values. This provides the complete power and flexibility that enterprise companies require from their networks today.

DNS Made Easy claims that other products similar to the ANAME record are available from other providers. These other products are limited in only being available at the apex of a domain, or can target records only provided by a particular hosting service, or do not offer geographically specific differentiation of values. DNS Made Easy believes that they are the only solution that allows clients to create an ANAME record for any name within a domain which targets any fully qualified domain name and combines this with the ability to serve geographically specific records.

"DNS Made Easy has provided our new ANAME Record functionality to all of our customers at no additional cost. We are excited to be the first and only DNS provider in the industry to provide such a unique and complete service," stated David Miller. "All of this is done over our industry leading IP Anycast+ network, the world’s fastest and most redundant DNS network in the world. AAAANAME records are in testing and will be released to all of our customers shortly to provide the same functionality for IPv6 addresses."

More information about DNS Made Easy suite of services is available at http://www.dnsmadeeasy.com

More information about ANAME records is available at http://www.anamerecord.com

About DNS Made Easy
DNS Made Easy is a subsidiary of Tiggee LLC and is a leader in providing global IP anycast enterprise DNS services. DNS Made Easy implemented the industry's first triple independent anycast cloud architecture for maximum DNS speed and DNS redundancy. DNS Made Easy originally launched their DNS services and web management portal in 2002 and has grown to manage hundreds of thousands of customer domains receiving more than 5.0 billion queries per day. DNS Made Easy has a proud history of industry leading uptime and ROI since launching their DNS service. DNS Made Easy has been the preferred choice for most brands on the Internet compared to the over-priced and under-performing enterprise IP anycast alternatives.

About Tiggee LLC
Tiggee LLC (tiggee.com) is a privately held company, formed in 1999 to provide innovative internet solutions for businesses. "Putting your business on the Internet is our business." Tiggee LLC’s subsidiaries include DNS Made Easy (IP anycast enterprise managed DNS services – dnsmadeeasy.com), VPSit (enterprise virtualization environments – vpsit.com), Host Made Easy (dedicated server hosting and co-location services – hostmadeeasy.com), Top Level DNS (TLD name services – topleveldns.com), Resolving Name Server (resolvingnameserver.com), Show My Host (showmyhost.com), Reverse DNS Trace (reversednstrace.com), IPv6 Verify (ipv6verify.com), and Domains Made Easy (domainsmadeeasy.com).

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