EfficientIP Launches Edge DNS Global Server Load Balancing

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EfficientIP, a provider of network security and automation solutions specializing in DDI (DNS-DHCP-IPAM), has released its edge DNS GSLB (Global Server Load Balancing) offering. With enterprises moving to multi-cloud environments, datacenters becoming distributed and security risks increasing, DNS GSLB would help enhance user experience while strengthening resiliency (DRP) and reducing costs by simplifying architectures.

The new solution integrates load balancing functionality into both authoritative and recursive DNS servers. This would allow application traffic routing decisions to be taken from the network edge. It can be used as an alternative or as a complement to traditional load balancers/application delivery controllers (ADCs). By adding global server load balancing to its SOLIDsever product suite, EfficientIP brings an all-in-one solution comprising DNS services, GSLB functions and purpose-built DNS security in the same appliance.

Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) is a method of distributing traffic amongst servers potentially dispersed across multiple geographies. Combining DNS and GSLB functionality on the same server would significantly reduce CAPEX and OPEX for companies while simplifying rollout throughout company infrastructure. Enabling GSLB with EfficientIP DNS removes the requirement to move DNS domains towards specific load-balancing solutions such as ADCs. All DNS zones and records remain in a single management system. This would ease transition to load-balancing, while at the same time centralizing administration and lowering costs.

Application Traffic Routing

Standard GSLB is based on authoritative DNS services deployed within data centers. Implementing GSLB in recursive DNS servers would add unique capability for application traffic routing decisions to be made much closer to each user, enabling native geo-localization. This would help accelerate app response times. And to ensure that applications are available to users, EfficientIP’s DNS GSLB solution includes a constant health checking functionality. Load balancing strategies are consequently enhanced as they can be based on the current health of each node supporting the application.

David Williamson
“GSLB helps control routing of application traffic, but businesses still face challenges around multi-site deployment, app response time accuracy, and DNS resolution latency,” said David Williamson, CEO of EfficientIP.

The fact that EfficientIP’s edge GSLB can be deployed on remote sites would strengthen resiliency and extend coverage of failure detection to include data center, WAN, server and GSLB failure. Disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity are guaranteed due to automatic or manual failover capability.

In today’s multi-regional datacenter and multi-cloud environments, EfficientIP’s edge GSLB solution brings deployment simplicity for application traffic routing management. And by adding IP Address Management (IPAM) functionality, businesses can manage both their cloud and on-premise apps from a central repository, bringing them significant time and cost savings.

“Digital transformation is modifying IT landscapes by distributing applications, users are becoming more mobile, and datacenters evolving towards hybrid cloud,” said David Williamson, CEO of EfficientIP. “To ensure business continuity and meet UX expectations in this challenging context, availability, performance and delays for application access are key. GSLB helps control routing of application traffic, but businesses still face challenges around multi-site deployment, app response time accuracy, and DNS resolution latency. EfficientIP is proud to help overcome these issues by moving load balancing to the network edge with our world’s first edge DNS GSLB built into the industry’s most advanced DNS security appliance.”