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March 13, 2016

NS1 Launches Dedicated DNS: The Industry’s Only SaaS DNS Solution Deployed on Customer-controlled Infrastructure

Solution Designed to Disrupt Complex and Costly Appliance-Based and Self-Managed Systems, Blends Seamlessly into the Modern DevOps Stack

NEW YORK – March 16, 2016 – NS1 today announced the launch of Dedicated DNS™, the first SaaS-based model for managing DNS and application traffic for public, private and hybrid public/private networks. Dedicated DNS is an advanced alternative to labor-intensive, do-it-yourself DNS deployments as well as costly proprietary appliance-based solutions. Dedicated DNS delivers the power and capabilities of NS1’s platform in a SaaS model that allows customers to deploy on infrastructure they control.

DNS is a business-critical network application that is foundational to virtually every IT service. Prior to this offering, customers had only two choices: place their DNS on a shared public DNS managed service or self-deploy/self-manage DNS on their own infrastructure. With Dedicated DNS, enterprises gain the benefits of a world-class DNS service deployed on infrastructure they control, architected to their specifications. Dedicated DNS is available on-prem and in the Cloud, addressing the needs of internal users and external customers.

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The solution builds upon the company’s experience deploying and managing private DNS networks in enterprise environments and expands the use cases NS1’s platform can solve, including:

  • Service discovery - Through easy-to-use APIs, DevOps teams are able to automate the workflows associated with keeping authoritative name servers up to date, while access to the DNS control plane enables organizations to track usage, performance and capacity.
  • High availability - Dedicated DNS, in combination with NS1 Managed DNS, enables enterprises to deploy a fully redundant DNS infrastructure without the expense and complexity of coordinating disparate DNS providers.
  • Quality of experience (QoE) - NS1's sophisticated traffic management capabilities improves end user quality of experience. The solution enables online enterprises to optimize QoE by deploying NS1’s intelligent platform in specific locations as needed, with integrated real time telemetry, tightly coupled to the application stack.
  • Seamless service synchronization - Customers using the NS1 Dedicated DNS service and Managed DNS have one, integrated control plane for management, visibility and reporting.

Jim Davis, senior analyst, 451 Research, said: “Cloud and agile development methods have enabled enterprises to deploy applications more rapidly, but networks are still a fairly inflexible piece in the enterprise IT architecture. Given that reliable DNS is the foundation of cloud computing services, it makes sense for enterprises to look to the use of intelligent managed DNS services as a tool to help them fully realize the promise of cloud-based infrastructure.”

Kris Beevers, CEO, NS1, said: “Building and operating feature-rich internal DNS services is complex and expensive – and requires expertise that is simply not part of the core mission of most enterprises and DevOps teams. Today's organizations need a flexible internal DNS solution that aligns with how they develop and deploy applications and services, fits their capital allocation needs, minimizes management overhead and ties seamlessly into the same modern systems they use to manage public DNS. Dedicated DNS from NS1 is that solution.”

About NS1

NS1’s intelligent DNS and traffic management platform, with its data driven architecture and unique Filter Chain routing engine, is purpose-built for the most demanding, mission-critical applications on the Internet. NS1’s comprehensive platform technology leverages infrastructure, application, and network data to make intelligent routing decisions in real time, ensuring optimal application performance and reliability. NS1’s platform is delivered through its world class Managed DNS Network and Dedicated DNS deployments for customers including Imgur, MaxCDN, Collective Media, OneLogin and many more.