While DNS is our specialty, we understand that many other options are available to service your domain. Attempting to determine the differences between providers and their services can be daunting.
What is Cloudflare DNS?
Cloudflare is a provider that offers various content delivery network services. They have established a global network and provide domain name system (DNS) management solutions designed to secure reliability for customer domains.
Cloudflare Top DNS Features
Cloudflare offers products and features that can be combined to provide a stable overall service. They provide DNS solutions to protect domains with application firewalls, analytics, smart routing, and DDoS protection.
Here is a list of Cloudflare’s top features:
- Website Optimization Services
These services focus on page-loading optimization with improved speeds. This is obtained by combining services such as analytics, image optimization, and resource order sequencing.
- Waiting Room
This is a new Cloudflare traffic management tool that allows you to route excess users to a waiting room that is custom-branded to prevent overwhelming the servers with requests.
- DDoS Protection
Cloudflare offers DDoS protection through various services that help maintain the integrity of customer website performance by securing their networks and connected servers.
- Bot Management
Bot Management is obtained through Cloudflare’s mitigation service that uses analytics tools to view requests in real time.
- Argo Smart Routing This tool helps detect real-time congestion and routes traffic to the fastest and most reliable resource across the Cloudflare DNS network.
- Web Application Firewall (WAF)
This product allows customized rules to be built into the dashboard and provides Terraform integration.
- Load Balancing
Cloudflare uses load-balancing techniques to steer traffic to healthy server pools to improve application availability and performance.
Constellix and Cloudflare DNS Feature Comparison
Constellix provides a multitude of services, some of which can only be utilized by Constellix customers.
What is 22.214.171.124?
126.96.36.199 is a Cloudflare-hosted DNS resolver, also referred to as a recursive resolver. This is the first and last step of many in the query journey. This server receives the initial queried domain and sends it through a series of specialized, authoritative servers until it receives the IP address that matches the domain. It delivers this corresponding IP address back to the end user to complete the request. Cloudflare’s 188.8.131.52 public DNS solution is said to provide more secure and faster resolutions than a basic internet service provider (ISP) resolver.
The DNS management provider released Cloudflare 184.108.40.206 with WARP to improve mobile internet performance. This is not suitable for someone looking for region-shifting or more confidential internet connections. Cloudflare stated 220.127.116.11 with WARP was “not designed to allow you to access geo-restricted content when you’re traveling. It will not hide your IP address from the websites you visit.”
Notable Cloudflare Outages
With any type of service online, it’s not a matter of if the provider will experience an outage, but when. Outages can be attributed to a multitude of factors, but the most common are distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, configuration errors, and hardware failures.
While Cloudflare provides many services that protect customer domains from potential downtime, they have not been immune to outages. Here are a few of their most recent events.
- June 11, 2021 — An hour-long Cloudflare outage impacted multiple customers, including Discord and Shopify.
- May 4, 2021 — Web hosting provider, Network Solutions, and Register.com both experienced a DNS outage. Their DNS provider is Cloudflare. Network Solutions’ clientele includes major financial institutions, magazines, and online retailers.
- July 17, 2020 — Issues with Cloudflare’s 18.104.22.168 DNS service caused an outage that took down sites like Feedly, Discord, Politico, Shopify, and more. Customers and their end users were unable to access these sites for nearly half an hour.
Who is Impacted by DNS Outages?
When a DNS provider goes down, the impact can be more substantial than their immediate clientele and associated end users. It can also cause a chain of outages for domains that rely on services that use that DNS provider as well. Domains that utilize Feedly as their content delivery network (CDN) provider are also affected by their DNS choices.
Cloudflare Pricing — How much does it cost?
Cloudflare’s pricing is set up on a package structure. There is a free plan that is designed for individuals with personal or hobby projects that need only basic services. They offer three pricing tiers that cater to more business-critical needs. The Pro package offers more page rules, enhanced security with WAF and DDoS alerts, and analytics for $20 a month. Cloudflare’s Business model is $200 a month and the Enterprise level requires a quote. Both models offer additional services for businesses of varying sizes.
Cloudflare and Constellix DNS Integration
Constellix works with other DNS providers, such as Cloudflare, to provide customers with optimal performance. Using our primary/primary and hidden primary configurations allows two sets of nameservers to store your record information. Our sister company DNS Made Easy offers traditional primary/secondary configurations to utilize Secondary DNS This adds necessary redundancy to your domain and the ability to select a specific DNS provider to handle the majority of your site’s traffic. Secondary DNS not only assists with charges associated with more costly providers but also secures your brand’s reputation by ensuring your domain is always accessible.
Customers with Secondary DNS don’t pay two different providers for each query. Each provider will only charge for the queries they resolved. See our 5 Top Secondary DNS Myths Debunked post for some answers to more common misconceptions.
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Constellix — Enterprise Edge DNS
Constellix services live on in-house infrastructure and allow DNS management decisions to be made at the edge. Domains that use a particular service, such as a content delivery network (CDN) provider can also be affected by their DNS choices. Pairing with Cloudflare allows you to take advantage of Constellix’s 100% uptime history with comparable speeds.
Do you have any questions about the differences between Cloudflare and Constellix’s products or services or want comparison information related to another DNS provider? Book a demo to resolve your queries in real time.
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Originally published at https://constellix.com.