offloads DNS resolution from your infrastructure to the cloud
DNS redirection from a human-friendly URL to its associated IP is the first stage of access to your platform. Because of its simplicity this is often an overlooked area, but failure at this stage results in a complete absence of content delivery. With Fast DNS you can make these connections quicker and securely, protecting your DNS from DDoS attacks and resting assured that your platform will always be available.
Fast DNS provides an authoritative DNS service that offloads DNS resolution from your infrastructure to the cloud. Built on the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, Fast DNS is architected for both performance and availability and can maintain a fast DNS experience even through the largest DDoS attacks. Fast DNS can be deployed as a primary or secondary solution with optional DNSSEC support to protect against DNS forgery and manipulation.
We’ve built a highly sophisticated trading and order execution platform that can be used globally, so it is extremely important that our system is accessible around the clock. Akamai helps us ensure that we have powerful security against web attacks as well as important optimization capabilities to enhance overall performance. Having the right ‘protect and perform’ strategy in place is critical when your entire business exists online.
— Rich Teo, CEO, itBit
BENEFITS TO YOUR BUSINESS
- Guarantee 24/7 availability by leveraging Akamai’s scalable, globally distributed platform
- Achieve faster, more reliable resolution with zone apex mapping and thousands of servers worldwide
- Defend against DDoS attacks with the capacity to absorb them and maintain user access
- Prevent DNS forgery and manipulation with Akamai DNSSEC (optional add-on)
- Simplify DNS infrastructure management with Akamai’s Luna Control Center and open APIs
- Control costs with pricing based on the number of zones, not requests
Everyone connected to an enterprise – customers, employees and partners – expects instant, secure, reliable access to your website, wherever they are, on any device. The Domain Name System (DNS), which translates human-readable domain names into numerical IP addresses, is a critical component in delivering a faster web experience for your website visitors and application users.
Despite its importance to website and application performance, many organizations under-deploy DNS infrastructure, often relying on just two or three DNS servers. This approach leaves them vulnerable to data center outages as well as distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
What's Fast DNS
Fast DNS is a cloud-based DNS solution that provides 24/7 DNS availability, improves DNS responsiveness and has the resilience to defend against the largest DDoS attacks. Built on a globally distributed Anycast network, it can be implemented as a primary or secondary DNS service, replacing or augmenting existing DNS infrastructure as needed.
Fast DNS Capabilities
High Availability — Leverage Akamai’s Intelligent Platform™, with thousands of DNS servers in hundreds of points of presence worldwide, to provide a high level of DNS service availability. Fast DNS comes with a 100% uptime service level agreement (SLA); providing you with confidence that your customers and employees can connect to your website and application servers.
Fast Responses — Direct users to a high performing DNS server based on network conditions to improve responsiveness of your DNS infrastructure. The globally distributed Anycast network accelerates DNS resolutions for users connecting to your sites and applications from anywhere in the world, and zone apex mapping reduces DNS lookup times even further for websites on Akamai’s Intelligent Platform™ for an additional web application performance boost.
Defense Against DDoS Attacks — Protect against DDoS attacks targeting the DNS infrastructure to disrupt websites and application servers. Fast DNS provides a highly scalable DNS platform with sufficient capacity to absorb the largest DDoS attacks while responding to legitimate user requests, so you can maintain user access to faster online experiences even when you are under attack.