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    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 »
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    The fact that it's an API-first platform for DNS and application traffic management is one of the reasons we looked into NS1. We use it for a lot of automation and metrics gathering and it's been… more »
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    I would like to see the UI updated to allow me to do finer searches. I would also like to have the ability to get reports that can sort based on various metrics. For example, I would like to be able… more »
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    We use NS1 to serve our public DNS and we have around 500 domains that we service through it. It is the public resolver for our website and various other entities we own, and it has been pretty good… more »
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    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.

    NS1 connects the world's applications and audiences with our Application Traffic Intelligence and Automation solutions. 

    NS1's cloud-native network services, edge-to-cloud networking, and application traffic optimization technologies enable exceptional user experiences, drive IT efficiency and modernization, and ensure enterprise and application reliability and security.

    The NS1 Connect platform delivers these technologies with centralized management and visibility, flexible deployment, data and ecosystem integrations, cloud-native automation, orchestration, and internet scale, backed by simple pricing and world-class expertise.

    NS1 technologies provide a modern networking foundation that enables users to build diverse, globally distributed application footprints while avoiding vendor lock-in for critical infrastructure like CDNs and public clouds. NS1 can operate within and integrate with your existing environment, so you can deliver network services into any environment, including core networks, data centers, public cloud, private cloud and hybrid environments.

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    Sample Customers
    GoDaddy, Nasdaq, Zendesk, DigitalOcean, OK Cupid, Cisco, Udacity, LogMeIn, Library of Congress
    Dropbox, Salesforce, Fox, USAA, Disney Streaming, Global Sign, Rakuten Viber, FreedomPay
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider42%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Media Company5%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Legal Firm6%
    Financial Services Firm6%

    Cloudflare DNS is ranked 2nd in Managed DNS while NS1 Managed DNS is ranked 1st in Managed DNS with 5 reviews. Cloudflare DNS is rated 0.0, while NS1 Managed DNS is rated 9.6. On the other hand, the top reviewer of NS1 Managed DNS writes "Filter Chain allows us to implement reliable DNS load balancing in a straightforward manner". Cloudflare DNS is most compared with Quad9, Cisco Umbrella, Hurricane Electric Free DNS, Google Cloud DNS and Verisign Public DNS, whereas NS1 Managed DNS is most compared with Akamai Fast DNS, Cisco Umbrella, Amazon Route 53, Dyn and Neustar UltraDNS.

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