NS1 Managed DNS Pros

Valentino Volonghi - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
For starters, it integrates with Terraform and a lot of our infrastructure is effectively built out using Terraform. That makes all this stuff extremely easy... when we deploy, all the entries are created and configuration is done.
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TM
Director of Site Reliability Engineering at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 great.
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Adam Surak - PeerSpot reviewer
VP of Infrastructure & Security at Algolia
We leverage two things from Managed DNS that we couldn't do with any other solution. One is their filter chain technology, which allows us to shift some of the intelligence we need for the traffic steering to the DNS. The second one is data sources, which enables us to manipulate multiple records simultaneously using NS1's internal message DOS. In our case, we are trying to direct the traffic in over 150,000 different NS1 records to an arbitrary set of repeating responses.
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Helge Dymling - PeerSpot reviewer
Group Directory Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
One of the features that is non-standard and that is very useful is the filtered DNS. We have set up our external VPN, which is what all our employees connect through, to use this feature. It's geolocation-aware. In that way, for India we set it up so that these are the servers that should be supporting things, and in the UK these servers, in the U.S. these servers, and in Sweden these ones.
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KS
Engineering Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Monitoring is really important for us. We really care about reliability, and we want to make sure that we can remove some points of presence in our sector and in our edge network really fast when we experience any problems. So, monitoring that NS1 provides for DNS is really important for us.
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Michael Wills - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Systems Engineer at McKesson
The provisioning is great. They have an API service that is simple to use and very quick. The changes that we make are replicated worldwide in a matter of usually milliseconds, sometimes seconds. They are done very rapidly. That's something that's obviously priceless when we're dealing with things like DNS.
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Sargurunathan Mohan - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead - Production Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Filter Chain is one of the most valuable features, for geo-load balancing and geo-fencing. The Filter Chain is the most useful because it allows us to do several things. With geo-fencing we can redirect a particular user to a particular answer. That's very valuable for us. Filter Chains with monitoring is our strategy to provide redundancy.
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James Marcus - PeerSpot reviewer
VP of Technical Operations and Devops at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
We find that the low latency access to DNS queries has a direct effect on the customer experience. Visiting a site, whether it's an AdTech-based solution or marketing tech, the fact that whatever we're rendering on a page can be rendered better than the industry standard, in terms of time, ensures a better user experience.
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AP
VP Information Technology & Cyber at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Everything we download into our observability platform so that we can also track any changes in traffic behavior or things like that is also something that we use quite a lot. I'd say traffic management, the speed of updates, and observability are the top three things that we use.
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Casey Bateman - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Engineer at Hudl
Their Pulsar filters allow us to collect RUM metrics from our users so that we can determine the best paths for our users to take. That has been very useful in providing the best user experience, and for responding to and recovering from downtime of our multiple CDNs.
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NS1 Managed DNS Cons

Valentino Volonghi - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
We use the geo load balancing functionality and there are a couple of things that are helpful there. But the language itself is something we had to get used to a little bit. Some of my folks made a few mistakes in rolling out the Filter Chain...The Filter Chain setup is a bit hard to grasp at first. It would also be nice to have a way to simulate changes in addition to staging.
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TM
Director of Site Reliability Engineering at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 to say, "Show me the top 10 records by total queries" in an easy-to-digest format.
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Adam Surak - PeerSpot reviewer
VP of Infrastructure & Security at Algolia
When we first deployed, we flipped the switch, and it didn't work as well as we expected. It wasn't a complete outage, but we had issues in some places with some customers. The NS1 team went out of their way to resolve it on Thanksgiving. We have a post about it on our blog. We called it "Black Thursday."
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KS
Engineering Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We care about monitoring and telemetry work, and NS1 provides a pretty good system for monitoring. We can monitor our endpoints and points of presence around the world. If there are any issues, we can easily remove them from our network, but this area needs some improvement because it is not always reliable in NS1. In the past, we had a number of false-positive cases when the monitoring system told us about some problems in our infrastructure that were not true. NS1 is improving the system, and we are constantly talking about this with them. I know that they are releasing a new version of their monitoring system, which is really important for us, but this is a different area where we would expect them to improve.
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Michael Wills - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Systems Engineer at McKesson
The reporting metrics are great from an API standpoint, but it would be a little bit nicer if there was some type of dashboard around that. There should also be some type of reporting that's more executive-level focused.
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Sargurunathan Mohan - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead - Production Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Filter Chain simulation is really good in the UI, but it would be nice to have something similar in the API so that we could simulate and test things before we deploy them.
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James Marcus - PeerSpot reviewer
VP of Technical Operations and Devops at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
We would really like them to become a DNS registrar.
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AP
VP Information Technology & Cyber at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There could maybe be additional ways to manage traffic. There are no major improvements we're looking for. It's a very complete solution.
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Casey Bateman - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Engineer at Hudl
I would love to see improvement in the testing capabilities they provide. They have a simulate-filter feature so that you can simulate how your traffic would flow, based on their Filter Chains. I believe that was shut off for quite some time. Having that as a way to test our load-balanced CDN structure would be fantastic.
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Max Mongardini - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Reliability Engineering at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
We use our client in our infrastructure to communicate with NS1. This client is a bit complex in the way that it is set up. NS1 has their own client solution that you can deploy into your platform to do this, but even that is a bit complex. So, I would like a very simple, thin, light API agent that we can deploy into our platform to communicate with NS1. That would be welcome.
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NS1 Managed DNS
November 2022
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