State of the Art

PartnerGate relies on RcodeZero, the Anycast network of nic.at’s subsidiary IPCom. The highly available DNS infrastructure of the Austrian registry offers a useful addition to the Unicast DNS servers operated by PartnerGate itself, the 5 locations of which are spread over Germany and are connected to the internet via different IP upstream providers.

Location Variety

Currently, the Anycast network comprises 9 nodes distributed world-wide:

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Los Angeles, USA
  • New York, USA
  • Seattle, USA
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Vienna, Austria

The locations of the Anycast nodes will be successively expanded in the next months. They are situated in the immediate vicinity of the respective local internet exchange so that they guarantee the lowest-possible latency.

Technical Architecture

However, the number of locations is not the only criterion for a highly performant network: Technical architecture and hardware play an even more important role. Each Anycast node disposes of two separate internet connections and two independent routers. The servers, hard disks and power supply are designed redundantly and that way provide for maximum fail-safety.

The capacity of each Anycast location is at about 500,000 DNS queries per second – i.e. in total 3 million queries per second in the entire Anycast network. The technical architecture meets all standards relevant to DNS, such as e.g. RFC (request for comments) 4786 of IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force).

The AnycastDNS nodes offer the DNS services via both, IPv4 and IPv6 and support DNSSEC. With DNSSEC, it is guaranteed with the help of a digital signature that the delivered data of the queried name server are correct and identical with the authoritative name server of the zone. Many domain registries have DNSSEC already in operation.

PartnerGate Integration and Whitelabel Capability

The name server installation is fully integrated into the PartnerGate ordering process, which guarantees an interruption-free ordering process with immediate DNS provisioning for the web-front-end user.

Own alias host names of the customer (e.g. ns1.firm-name.de, ns2.firm-name.de, etc.) can be installed for the partner and its resellers, when required.

Advantages at a Glance

  • Fail-safety: 100% availability of the DNS service guaranteed
  • Optimum performance: Improvement of the access time
  • Up to 100 resource records per zone inclusive
  • Easy administration via the PartnerGate web interface
  • Analysis options: Traffic statistics per zone
  • Quickest-possible fault clearance: Monitoring around the clock
  • Continuous extension: Server locations are continuously extended
  • Future-proof: Support of IPv6 and DNSSEC
  • Own DNS alias host names are possible
  • Integration of a hidden primary is possible
  • Flexible pricing model: Costs are only incurred for active DNS zones
  • No contract commitment: Monthly accounting and termination
  • No set-up costs, basic charges or minimum turnover
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