Afilias Extends Managed DNS Services with FlexDNS Platform and API

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New service platform provides corporations and resellers with a flexible way to improve the reliability of their DNS network

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Afilias’ Managed DNS service is becoming increasingly popular as threats across the Internet grow and organizations recognize the need for better DNS that can guarantee 100% up-time.

Today Afilias, a leading provider of Internet infrastructure services, announced the expansion of its Managed DNS services with the availability of its new FlexDNSSM Platform. The FlexDNS Platform now provides Afilias’ DNS customers with three different options for managing their DNS over Afilias’ network: A Web-based portal, AXFR (DNS zone transfer), or an Application Programming Interface (API).

Afilias’ Managed DNS service, which leverages the DNS network that supports 15 top-level domains (TLDs) including .INFO and .ORG, has always provided a convenient Web-based portal that allows customers to manage their DNS easily and quickly. The FlexDNS platform expands this service with new features for registrars and others who offer Web services, or for users who have a need to make frequent changes to their DNS in an automated fashion.

“Afilias’ Managed DNS service is becoming increasingly popular as threats across the Internet grow and organizations recognize the need for better DNS that can guarantee 100% up-time,” said John Kane, Vice President of Corporate Services for Afilias. “Other solutions are often limited in features or functionality. However, with the launch of our FlexDNS Platform, Afilias makes DNS management easier for a wider range of customers, including registrars, whose domain customers often rely on them for DNS services.”

“As the first DNSSEC-signed TLD, Afilias has made it easy for us to provide 100% reliable DNS,” said Danny Aerts, Managing Director of the Swedish Internet Infrastructure Foundation which manages the .SE registry for Sweden and uses the AXFR portion of Afilias’ FlexDNS platform to provide Secondary DNS for their top-level domain.

The FlexDNS Platform
Afilias’ FlexDNS Platform now makes three choices available for customers using Afilias’ diverse, secure and reliable AnyCast DNS network:

  • Application Programming Interface (API): Afilias’ new API is ideal for customers like domain name registrars who need to integrate Afilias’ DNS offering into their own interface for ease of use, or to offer the API as a value added or premium DNS service. Afilias’ API is fully documented REST and XML-based.
  • AXFR: Customers that update their DNS frequently need an automated solution that reflects these changes worldwide in near real time. Afilias’ new AXFR option allows these customers to act as a “hidden master” and transmit their updates to Afilias via AXFR. This choice is especially useful for customers with large zones, like TLD registries, and it provides superior service in either a Primary or Secondary DNS role.
  • Web-based portal: Afilias’ traditional Web portal remains available for customers with smaller domain portfolios and enables them to easily manage their DNS settings. It offers extensive customization options including multiple user groups, domain folders, extensive Web-based reporting, bulk import, advanced permissions, and SMS notifications.

“Our FlexDNS platform provides an ideal solution for corporations as well as other managed service providers like hosting companies or domain name registrars who need to easily integrate a secure and reliable DNS network to augment their product offering,” added Kane. “Afilias provides significant cost savings over building out your own network, and provides DNS that is already proven to support millions of domains and billions of DNS transactions across the Internet.”

About Afilias Managed DNS Services
Afilias’ state of the art DNS network ensures security and resiliency through a diverse any-cast architecture. Its multi-layered, tiered design uses multiple hardware and software solutions, multiple bandwidth providers, and is dispersed across numerous geographic locations, ensuring no single points of failure and 100 percent up-time, guaranteed. Afilias’ system also supports DNSSEC. To learn more about Afilias’ FlexDNS platform visit http://www.flexDNS.info

About Afilias
Afilias is a global provider of Internet infrastructure services that connect people to their data. Afilias’ reliable, secure, scalable, and globally available technology supports a wide range of applications including Internet domain registry services, Managed DNS, and services in the RFID and supply chain market with its Afilias Discovery Services. For more information on Afilias please visit http://www.afilias.info.

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