Rackspace Cloud DNS overview

  • Last updated on: 2018-11-05
  • Authored by: Rackspace Support

A Domain Name System (DNS) is a distributed system of servers that host the resource records that are used to find where a website is hosted or where to deliver an e-mail. Your registrar controls where a lookup is directed when someone tries to check a record related to your domain.

Rackspace Cloud DNS

The Rackspace Cloud DNS infrastructure is a globally-distributed Anycast network. Rackspace has DNS servers located in Texas, Virginia, Illinois, and London. Within each data center, we split up our name servers so that there’s no single point of failure in front of our DNS servers.

The following architecture diagram shows the Rackspace Cloud DNS infrastructure:

By using Anycast, Rackspace broadcast Internet Protocol (IP) addresses from each location, which offers the following advantages:

  • DNS queries generally go to the geographically closest name servers and are therefore faster.
  • If an entire data center fails, or even if all of the DNS servers within a specific data center fail, the DNS queries automatically start going to the next best location.

Next steps: Rackspace Cloud DNS - Available Features

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