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Sam Preston

Sam Preston

June 12, 2019 11:00 AM

DNSSEC: How It Works & Key Considerations

From its beginnings as a replacement for a centralized database, the Domain Name System (DNS) has evolved into a dynamic, highly-distributed question-answer protocol. The proverbial 'phone book of the internet' has increased in complexity and scale alongside the rapid growth of the world wide web. One primary example is DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions): the founding architects of DNS did not include any inherent security protections for the protocol,

Jim Gilbert

Jim Gilbert

May 8, 2019 2:08 PM

Deployment Diversity for DNS Resiliency

Consider Addressing Delegation Servers with Varying Network Routes Written by: Jim Gilbert and Barry Greene Don't Forget DNS Similar to diverse workforces performing at a higher level, diverse network service deployments perform at a higher level that is increasingly important as the Internet continues to augment our reality. Akamai has 20 years of edge service deployment experience. Akamai's Intelligent Edge has proven that the "edge" requires more than "servers" on

Diego Xirinachs

Diego Xirinachs

May 8, 2019 11:00 AM

When "Customers" Attack DNS

Be real. A Communications Service Provider's (CSP's) customer will not use their home to attack the Domain Name System (DNS). They might as well unplug from the Internet. Yet, customers get infected, CPEs get violated, and miscreants all over the Internet reflect attacks off CSP customers to attack others. This abuse happens every day. It is part of the "noise" of the Internet. It is also a major threat to

Sam Preston

Sam Preston

May 6, 2019 11:00 AM

Fast DNS Secondary Implementation: Order or Operatio ...

Akamai's Fast DNS service provides cloud-based, authoritative domain services to thousands of organizations. Fast DNS is the most widely deployed cloud DNS service pushed to the edge of the Internet. Every organization must protect their domain name. Akamai's built Fast DNS to focus on domain name availability, security, resiliency, and performance. The domain name must be 100% available at all times. These domain names must be secured with DNSSEC to

Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan

April 17, 2019 11:00 AM

Traffic Management for Peace of Mind

Ensure Quality of Experience and Readiness with CDN Capacity Overflow Have you ever planned and launched a system with painstaking detail and, at some point in time, something unexpected breaks the system? An unexpected event might be an unanticipated scenario (a bug!) or user adoption beyond expectations (hello Fortnite!). These events can lead to gut-wrenching times when a fix to address the event takes a long time even though the

Barry Greene

Barry Greene

March 6, 2019 1:30 PM

Global Traffic Management for Cloud, Data Centers, a ...

Twenty years ago it would be common to have multiple data centers load balanced with specialized devices. The applications in multiple data centers would use the Domain Name System (DNS) to look up the application destination. The DNS system would be set up to with multiple data center locations. This would "round robin" the results between the data centers. If you have four data centers, the customers would get "round-robined"

Akamai DNS Team

Akamai DNS Team

February 7, 2019 1:30 PM

Protecting your Domain Names: Taking the First Steps

Everyone and everything on the Internet depends on the Domain Name System (DNS) being functional. The DNS has been a common vector for attacks in recent years, and 2019 seems to be no different. Many of these attacks have goals far more sinister than simply taking a company offline or defacing a website; reported attacks include redirecting some or all of an organization's domain to gain access to protected

Barry Greene

Barry Greene

January 30, 2019 2:00 PM

DNS Flag Day & Akamai

Written by Jon Reed & Barry Greene DNS Flag Day is an industry event that promotes the adoption of the most up-to-date DNS features and ensures that non-standards-compliant servers don't negatively impact the global performance of the Internet. The 2019 DNS Flag Day will remove a number of workarounds regarding servers that do not fully support the EDNS0 (RFC 6891) extensions.

Danny Stern

Danny Stern

December 6, 2018 11:56 AM

Domain Name Consolidation - Observations from the Fi ...

Domain Name Consolidation The market and marketing of Web property domain names is changing. Companies prefer to promote top level domains (TLDs), have the option of selecting brand-relevant domain extensions (e.g. SaaS.com), and no longer need country-relevant domains to optimize search engine result rankings. This provides an opportunity to reduce "domain name fragementation" but also presents business and technical challenges if a migration is required from the active use of