Often organisations just want to sort out their external DNS, because either:
- Their web sites and email depend on it. So their key issue is making the service more secure and reliable than it is now.
- They currently outsource it – and now they are not happy with that arrangement. But bringing it in-house needs to be easy.
A DNS attack, a failure of your DNS server or a simple configuration mistake can leave your organisation offline. When your web presence is mission-critical, you need to eliminate this risk.
So you need a rock solid external DNS solution:
- Secure – minimizing the risk of a DNS attack and data loss
- Robust – protecting your DNS from service failure
- Highly reliable servers
- A redundant DNS architecture
And you want to deliver this as easily as possible:
- Like many, you may have little DNS administration to do – few zones and IP addresses, static data. You want a solution which you can “set-and-forget”.
- Or you may have lots of ongoing DNS admin – maybe hundreds of websites with frequent DNS changes. So you need easy DNS data editing as well. If you have a very large amount of data, you may also be interested in IPAM.
If you currently rely on general purpose or virtual servers, maybe using BIND or Windows DNS, DDI appliances will remove the risks from your external DNS. Solutions like DNSBOX, with options focused on DNS management and strong on security, reliability and redundancy – are ideal.
Bring it in-house
If you currently use an outsourced service – maybe an ISP – for your external DNS, typical issues are about control, quality of service and cost:
- Every time you want to make a change to one of your DNS records you have to wait in line with everyone else
- Your provider cannot guarantee the performance level you need
- They cannot guarantee the security level you need
- You are bound by the rules of your ISP – you cannot customise and extend the service
- Adding up the costs over time, you realise it is expensive compared with doing it yourself
But if you bring it in-house, it must be easy. You want to keep the learning curve, the workload and the headaches down to a minimum.
DDI appliances will help with this. The most suitable are like DNSBOX:
- They are rock solid
- Include options focused purely on DNS
- Keep it simple so particularly easy to learn and use
- Cost less, making the economics of bringing it in-house work for you