Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS) has announced Amazon Route 53, a Domain Name System (DNS) web service giving developers and businesses a highly available and reliable way to route Internet traffic to web applications by translating human readable names into numeric IP addresses.
Amazon Route 53 can be used to route end users to multiple AWS services including Amazon EC2, an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer or an Amazon S3 bucket, and to infrastructure outside of AWS.
The Amazon Route 53 global network of DNS servers is designed to automatically respond from the optimal network location, resulting in low DNS query latency for end users. Route 53 features a familiar, self-service design with an affordable pay-as-you-go model where customers pay only for managing domains through the service and the number of queries that the service answers.
The Internet’s DNS system works much like a phone book by managing the mapping between names and numbers. For DNS, the names are domain names (www.example.com) that are easy for people to remember and the numbers are IP addresses (192.0.2.1) that specify the location of computers on the Internet. DNS servers translate requests for names into IP addresses, controlling which server an end user will connect to when they type a domain name into their web browser.
Amazon Route 53 uses a network of DNS servers located across the globe, which enables businesses anywhere in the world to leverage the highly available AWS infrastructure to achieve the level of dependability required to keep their web applications available. Amazon Route 53 also lets customers place strict controls over who can manage their DNS system by allowing integration with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). This gives customers greater control over user access, including the ability to grant unique credentials and permissions for each user within their AWS account.
“Our customers have asked for a DNS service with all the same qualities of the other AWS services that they use every day – flexible, scalable, no commitment, inexpensive, and pay-as-you go. That’s exactly what Amazon Route 53 provides. Now AWS customers who need a DNS service don’t have to work with a separate provider and instead can get this additional infrastructure service with the AWS platform – all at a fraction of the price [of what they normally pay],” said Tal Saraf, General Manager of Amazon CloudFront.