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GSLB.me is a hosted, cloud-based highly reliable DNS and Global Server Load Balancing solution that provides full authoritative DNS services and DNS-based geographical traffic balancing, failover, high availability, geographical routing, dynamic DNS and DNSSEC.

Datacenters, servers and applications are monitored 24×7 with application and network-level healthchecks to ensure they are correctly responding and delivering the expected level of service.

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GSLB.me is a robust IPv6-enabled authoritative DNS and provides a full range of dynamic and smart DNS services:

  • provides robust, scalable and distributed full authoritative DNS services
  • supports dynamic DNS updates to run your websites and applications over dynamic IP addresses
  • detects service disruptions and dynamically re-routes clients and customers to the best available datacenter and server
  • knows your business logic and behaves accordingly
  • notifies you if your applications are underperforming or experiencing issues
  • is cloud-based: nothing to install, no changes to your infrastructure or applications required
  • integrates with your favourite CDN provider and can dinamically balance your traffic
  • is free: you can register for free and start using it immediately
  • is “pay as you grow“: you can buy additional flexibility and services
  • is fully supported: our support team is ready to handle your requests and help you

 

Real-time geographical healthmap

How it works

The DNS protocol is used to associate IP addresses to hostnames in order to make Internet resources reachable. Static DNS returns one or more IP addresses associated to one hostname (ie. www.gslb.me). Static DNS has no way to understand if your website, application or datacenter is alive and reachable or not, and has no way to understand if your websites, applications and datacenters are performing properly according to your service levels.

As a result, traditional DNS systems cannot provide a consistent, always available user experience.

GSLB.me is a cloud-based fully dynamic DNS solution that monitors your datacenters and servers in order to provide consistent access to your websites and applications to your customers and users. GSLB.me replies to DNS queries by returning the best available IP address(es) based on how your website/application is performing and based on dynamic criteria such as your customer/client geographical position.

GSLB.me can be easily integrated with your existing DNS infrastructure and requires no change to your existing infrastructure and applications.

Let’s take an example:

  • your website or application is published on the Internet as http://www.mysite.tld
  • you have two authoritative DNS servers for your mysite.tld domain (they can be managed by yourself or by your ISP)
  • you have at least two servers with different IP addresses publishing http://www.mysite.tld

With this standard configuration you can deliver your website or application from both servers/datacenters.

Realtime services status dashboard

But… what if either server/datacenter goes down or starts performing unreliably? The answer is that a significant part of your traffic is lost and your customers and clients cannot access your website/application properly.

To avoid this GSLB.me can take care of resolving your www.mysite.tld hostname. DNS resolution is handled by monitoring your datacenters in real-time and by reacting in case of failure and performance issues.

Your new setup would then be:

  • your website or application is published on the Internet as http://www.mysite.tld
  • you have two authoritative DNS servers for your mysite.tld domain (they can be managed by yourself or by your ISP)
  • you have at least two servers with different IP addresses publishing http://www.mysite.tld
  • your www.mysite.tld is defined as a CNAME pointing to a GSLB.me-handled FQDN of your choice (for instance mysite.glsb.me)
  • GSLB.me is configured to perform several checks on your servers to dinamically and correctly provide DNS resolution for mysite.gslb.me.

This enables your website or application to run both in disaster recovery (active/standby) and business continuity (active/active) modes.

Monitoring and Statistics

GSLB.me provides a comprehensive set of real-time tools to monitor performance and levels of usage. DNS reporting and analytics engine displays in real-time the number of total DNS requests and also per requesting country, per requesting ISP, per requesting ASN to provide full visibility on your DNS services.

 

Realtime statistics on DNS requests

 

DNS responses for geohosts are also graphically displayed based on the specific target(s) selected for each single query. This provides a clear view on how your smart DNS services are performing.

 

Full visibility on requests, responses and time distribution

 


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