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Topic # 159886 16-Dec-2014 09:22
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Google have announced a partnership with Akamai, so that if you're using Google's Public DNS Servers, you'll still get given a "local" Akamai server.

This will (slowly) mean an end to the old "If you're using Google DNS you'll get poor Akamai performance"

Good news.

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  Reply # 1198298 16-Dec-2014 09:49
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It is good news - it'll mitigate the issues for people choosing to use a much slower option than their ISP assigned servers.

Google DNS has a little way to go before it can match the performance of a truly local ISP DNS server... For me Google DNS is approx 35ms away on a very good day while my ISP DNS is 4ms.

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  Reply # 1198338 16-Dec-2014 11:17
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I wonder how they determine what 'local' Akamai server is, hopefully it'll be smart enough to send users to their ISPs cache as opposed to just some open one?

Perhaps ISPs should just intercept UDP port 53 destined to and redirect those requests to their DNS servers, simmilar result, if not even better.

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  Reply # 1198353 16-Dec-2014 11:31
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insane: I wonder how they determine what 'local' Akamai server is

The blog links to this page which explains it at a nice high level.

How Akamai then figures out which node to serve you from is part of their "secret sauce" I believe.

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