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Chapter 5. Choosing a Managed DNS Provider

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A Focus on Security

Providers should employ a variety of security measures to establish

trust, defend against threats and malicious attacks, and mitigate risk.

Moreover, they should have dedicated security personnel who

closely monitor industry trends and can easily explain the nature of

threats and solutions. A plan should also be in place to regularly

update their data center systems.



Support

No matter how good the automated services of a provider, they

mean little when something isn’t working. Having 24/7/365 techni‐

cal support from a team operating in your geography’s office hours

and trained DNS experts on-call can be crucial to preventing down‐

time for your customers. If the provider has different tiers of sup‐

port, you’ll want to pay careful attention to the SLA offered by the

services utilized by each of the tiers and not just the cost.

There should be clear, easy-to-access online documentation that is

frequently reviewed and updated. A bonus is standard datagathering tools to harvest log and system information for easy inter‐

action with technical support during problem resolution.



Easy-to-Use Tools

Most providers will have basic tools available to customers. An

example would be a GUI to create policies for executing failover if

resources become unavailable or unreachable in a key market.

Based on how your IT staff operates, there are multiple things to

consider around the provider’s tools:

• Are they online or do you need to install them?

• Do they run on the favored operating systems and/or browsers

that your teams rely on?

• Are there mobile apps to interface with the system?

• What security protocols do you need to access them? 2FA? Bio‐

metric? Single sign-on?

• How often are they updated and can you choose when to take

the updates?



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• How well documented are they?

And, if you plan to build custom solutions on top of their platform,

you need to understand the frameworks they provide. Most com‐

monly and ideally, this will be a well-defined set of APIs for your

developers to interface with, along with clear examples to draw

upon.



Conclusion

A complete solution for resiliency at the edge involves an eyes-wideopen assessment of the vulnerabilities and needs of your particular

situation. After that is clear, you are in a position to consider which

strategies will best serve your needs and address your concerns. If

you are considering adding a managed DNS, it is important to think

about the criteria that are most important to you in a potential solu‐

tion and how well a provider might or might not meet those needs.

We hope this book has been useful to you and has provided insights

and ideas that you can incorporate in the short and long terms to

safeguard your network, your customer interactions, and ultimately

your success. To learn more about the growing need for distributing

IT resources and services to the edge of a company’s network, closer

to user populations, we recommend reading Gartner’s report “The

Edge Manifesto” by analyst Bob Gill.

In closing, we leave you with one key thought that applies when

dealing with edge resiliency just as it does for all other challenges.

Intent is not enough to solve your business problem. Learning and

taking action are the dual strategies that will get you where you want

to go. We wish you continued success.



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About the Authors

Gary Sloper is a vice president at Oracle Dyn. Gary brings over 20

years of experience to his leadership of the global solutions engi‐

neering and customer success teams. His organization architects

and implements cloud-based edge services, including providing

deliverability and security services to help customers monitor, con‐

trol, and optimize their CDN and hybrid cloud workloads.

As course director for Global Knowledge (GK), Mark Wilkins

developed and taught many technical seminars including Configur‐

ing Active Directory Services, Configuring Group Policy, and Cloud

and Virtualization Essentials. Mark also developed courseware for

the Microsoft Official Curriculum 2008 stream: Managing and

Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Network Services, and Active

Directory Services. Mark’s published books include Windows 2003

Registry for Dummies (IDG), Windows System Policies, Administering

SMS 3.0, and Administering Active Directory (McGraw-Hill). Mark’s

latest book is Learning AWS, due to be published by Pearson Educa‐

tion in 2019.



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