Amazon offers many cloud services with their Amazon Web Services brand and Amazon Route 53 is the premium DNS services on AWS. Lots of interesting things can be done with Route 53 other than just hosting your records. Route 53 offers services such as DNS based load balancing, DNS fail over, Health checks etc. Route 53 uses anycast technology to serve records to the users with minimum latency by routing the requests to the nearest server to the user. They have many DNS pop’s (point of presence) on various parts of USA,Europe and Asia so your visitors expect a little bit of a boost in loading speed of your sites. I have been using Linode’s own DNS service for the past 3 years for all of my web sites but since Route 53 is so cheap and promising thanks to anycast, I have decided to use Route 53 DNS for this blog. Here’s how I set it up
Setting up Amazon S3 is really simple just signup and log in to AWS console’s Route 53 section.
Click the “Create Hosted Zone” button and you need to enter your domain name when asked and if you like add information about it on the “comment” box. After clicking the create button, it will display a set of DNS server addresses to add on your domain registrar. So go ahead and add those records as name servers.
Now click “Go to Record Sets” and that’s where you need to setup your A,AAAA,MX,CNAME records and all that. Click “Create a Record Set” button and basically next steps are self explanatory. You can specify TTL values and routing policies. Keep routing policy as “Simple” if you are using Route 53 as basic DNS server.
And its all done! Now your website will be slightly faster for the end visitors thanks to anycast technology.
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