We provide our customers with a full Domain Name System (DNS) including four free name servers, which our customers can use for all their domain names. Name servers store important technical information in the zone files and play therefore an essential role in the functioning of online services.
Their main task is to function as address books. In other words, name servers store the information where (on which server and IP address) a website is hosted and link the domain names to the IP addresses of their respective server. This is done because it’s easier for humans to read and remember a domain name than it is to read and remember an IP address.
For example, when a user types “octopoly.com” into their browser, our name servers know that the content of our website is located at IP address “188.8.131.52” and forwards the user to it. Instead of remembering this IP address, the user only has to remember the domain name octopoy.com. Name servers contain also the Mail Exchange (MX) records, which tell the mail server the location of the email recipient, needed for personalised email addresses.
If too many people and services query the name servers at the same time, it can result in slower loading websites. This can be avoided by distributing the queries equally between multiple name servers. The industry standard are two name servers per domain name.
We have gone one step further and offer per default four name servers for all domain names, one of which is an anycast name server. anycast is a network of name servers nodes arounds the world that stores your IP address information. Queries to your website are sent to the closest name server, which results in faster loading speed, increased availability and an overall better user experience.
The anycast name server of our default name server solution is based on 10 points of presence (PoPs). I you want even better coverage for your website, have a look at your ProDNS anycast name server solution which uses 5 anycast name server with a total of 50 PoPs around the globe.
Our ProDNS anycast name server is a must-have solution for online shops and all revenue generating websites that cannot risk losing business through unexpected downtime of their website. While our default name server solution provides already great coverage and uptime, ProDNS brings your website uptime to a whole new level.
50 points of presence, name server locations, around the world guarantee that your customers always get the fastest connection to your website. ProDNS ensures that your website won´t go offline due to an overload of traffic on the main name servers or malicious attacks (like DDoS).
Independent of how much traffic your website receives, the 5 anycast name servers of the ProDNS solution will handle it with ease. Users are routed to the name server closest to them, which means an equal distribution of queries. This is the best possible solution for important and high traffic websites.