OpenDNS is a DNS service provider that also specializes in network security for personal and business use. Their basic DNS services are free, but their advanced and extensive security features do require payment. OpenDNS began operating in 2006 and has since become one of the largest, most reliable recursive DNS services available. OpenDNS boasts that over 50 million people—nearly 2% of the world’s internet users—use the OpenDNS services, and they receive over 70 billion queries each day. They pride themselves on innovation and inventing new methodologies to eliminate cyber attacks from their DNS network, and they boast 100% uptime using an Anycast routing system for global failover. With 24 data centers in 14 countries, OpenDNS has strategically placed themselves at internet exchange points to shorten the network paths and increase overall speed.
Established in 2001, Dyn is an Internet performance company that uses cloud management. Dyn is based Manchester, New Hampshire and also has offices in Hanover, New Hampshire; San Francisco, California; Brighton, UK; and Sydney, Australia. The company has an impressive list of clients, including Twitter and Hershey. Dyn’s offerings appeal to individuals, households and businesses, and its domain and email solutions rival anything in the industry.
CDNetworks is a full-service content delivery network (CDN) company which also provides managed cloud-based DNS services. Established in 2000, CDNetworks mainly focuses their highly reliable, scalable, and available products and services toward businesses and enterprises instead of individuals or small companies. Their DNS service is natively integrated with their other products, such as the Content Acceleration and Dynamic Web Acceleration. They have a huge global presence with 161 points of presence (PoPs) in 48 locations across 25 countries, and they advertise high performance and high quality customer service as their standout features. They are one of the world’s largest CDN providers and have a presence even in emerging, fast-growing markets such as India, China, Russia, and The Middle East.
EdgeCast is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) provider that also delivers one of the fastest DNS services in the world. EdgeCast was founded in 2006 and added their DNS services in 2010. At the end of 2013, Verizon bought EdgeCast after thoroughly evaluating all major CDN providers. EdgeCast was selected based especially on the quality of their technology, which was all built in-house, and the quality of their customer service. The acquisition by Verizon put EdgeCast in the unique position of having both top-rated services and performance and the financial backing to be flexible and innovative in their approaches. EdgeCast’s DNS services, called Route, are fully integrated with their CDN and use a global IP Anycast routing system to be one of the fastest, most reliable DNS services in the world.
ClouDNS is an internationally based Internet services company with headquarters in Sofia, Bulgaria. The company also has servers located in North America, Europe and Asia. ClouDNS is relatively new to the DNS industry, having been established in 2010. The company offers domain names and DNS hosting, along with other services.