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We performed a comparison between Azure DNS and Cloudflare DNS based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"It is a scalable solution.""The initial setup is straightforward and not that complex.""The most valuable feature of Azure DNS is it works automatically after configuration. Additionally, the solution is secure.""The best feature is the domain register. The other great feature is that whenever you create any resources, Azure DNS will automatically create a record for you.""One of the key benefits of Azure DNS is its integration with other Azure services. As it is a solution developed by Microsoft, it is easy to integrate with other Azure offerings. Azure DNS also includes Defender for DNS, a feature that protects against anomalies and threats on the DNS. This added security is provided directly by Microsoft. The integration and security features of Azure DNS make it a valuable option for users of the Azure cloud platform.""From a security perspective, Microsoft is much better than other cloud providers.""The solution allows you to host DNS service without using Azure's servers.""What I like about Azure DNS is that it doesn't have any issues and integrates quickly with other products. It has good integration, which is incredible. I also like that whenever you deploy private links and endpoints, Azure DNS gives you the option to select the Azure native DNS, private DNS, or go with the Azure custom DNS. It depends, but if you don't have any dependencies on the DNS, then, like many customers, you won't have DNS issues. Azure DNS is a very good solution that helps you with domains and other resources."

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"Its most significant benefit to date is the speed with which it refreshes DNS records on the internet once you change it. If you are changing a website or registering a new record, it is very quick."

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"The DNSSEC feature is not yet available on the DNS server so it needs to be added.""The process of creating a virtual mission could be improved.""What needs improvement in Azure DNS is visibility in terms of troubleshooting. It's similar to the area for improvement in Azure Network Watcher, where I can see how the source is going out if I'm troubleshooting a source destination. I can also see the destination. As for seeing how the packet travels, that's what should be improved. It's still lacking in visibility. Suppose I'm looking into backend machines, and if I'm hitting another NPM machine or any machine on the other side, there should be visibility. The tool should tell you that a specific machine is passing through a VPN gateway or route table, routing to a third-party firewall, and then dropping. Azure DNS should show an accurate answer to help the customers, which is its area for improvement.""Azure DNS could improve by having more updates.""Azure DNS does provide enhanced support for applications and includes several security features to protect against threats. One of the security features it offers is the ability to detect and prevent dangling DNS records, which can be used in cyber attacks. Dangling DNS records occur when a website owner creates a domain name but forgets to remove the CNAME record, leaving the domain vulnerable to takeover by malicious actors. Azure DNS includes security measures to identify and prevent such threats, helping to keep your DNS infrastructure secure. However, if Microsoft could add more security capabilities to the DNS, that would be great to detect and identify anomalies that are happening to prevent cyber threats.""There are some latency issues that could be improved.""The technical support can be more knowledgeable.""The initial setup of this solution could be less complex and require less manual configurations."

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"I believe they currently have this feature, but there will most likely be integration with APIs so we can control some features through API."

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  • "The solution payment model is based on how many users use it. This is not an expensive solution, but it can depend on how long we use it. However, if the price was decreased it would be helpful."
  • "We have an enterprise license agreement with Microsoft. Their pricing is competitive. I would rate it a three and a half out of five."
  • "The solution itself is free but you need to pay for the Microsoft Azure infrastructure and host your domains in Azure to use it."
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  • "That is one of the great features. I was able to access the majority of the features and services for free."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Azure DNS is a hosting service of DNS domains. It has excellent operating time and performance, resulting in fast resolution. We like the ability to view everything in the Azure portal - this makes… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the ease of installation.
    Top Answer:Azure needs to add domain registration to the DNS service. DNS redundancy services need to be included.
    Top Answer:Cloudflare DNS is a very fast, very reliable public DNS resolver. It is an enterprise-grade authoritative DNS service that offers great redundancy and advanced security with built-in unmetered and… more »
    Top Answer: Cloudflare DNS is a great way to keep your website secure and running smoothly. I like Cloudflare DNS because it offers a fast, reliable, and easy-to-use service that helps protect my site from… more »
    Top Answer:That is one of the great features. I was able to access the majority of the features and services for free. They provide more advanced services for a fee. I haven't even spent a single cent on it. To… more »
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    Azure DNS is a hosting service for DNS domains, providing name resolution using Microsoft Azure infrastructure. By hosting your domains in Azure, you can manage your DNS records using the same credentials, APIs, tools, and billing as your other Azure services.

    Powering over 38% of managed DNS domains, Cloudflare runs one of the largest authoritative DNS networks in the world. With an average of a few milliseconds query speed, we have the fastest performance of any managed DNS provider. DNS updates happen within seconds, making DNS propagation delays a thing of the past.

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    Sample Customers
    GoDaddy, Nasdaq, Zendesk, DigitalOcean, OK Cupid, Cisco, Udacity, LogMeIn, Library of Congress
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Media Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Azure DNS is ranked 3rd in Managed DNS with 8 reviews while Cloudflare DNS is ranked 2nd in Managed DNS with 1 review. Azure DNS is rated 8.6, while Cloudflare DNS is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of Azure DNS writes "Beneficial integration and security, and highly stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cloudflare DNS writes "Offer good protection, user-friendly, reliable, and easy to manage". Azure DNS is most compared with Amazon Route 53, Cisco Umbrella, Google Cloud DNS, Akamai Edge DNS and Dyn, whereas Cloudflare DNS is most compared with Quad9, Google Cloud DNS, Cisco Umbrella, Hurricane Electric Free DNS and Amazon Route 53.

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