Amazon Route 53 vs Google Cloud DNS: What are the differences?
Developers describe Amazon Route 53 as "A highly available and scalable Domain Name System (DNS) web service". Amazon Route 53 is designed to give developers and businesses an extremely reliable and cost effective way to route end users to Internet applications by translating human readable names like www.example.com into the numeric IP addresses like 192.0.2.1 that computers use to connect to each other. Route 53 effectively connects user requests to infrastructure running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) – such as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer, or an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket – and can also be used to route users to infrastructure outside of AWS. On the other hand, Google Cloud DNS is detailed as "Reliable, resilient, low-latency DNS serving from Google’s worldwide network of Anycast DNS servers". Use Google's infrastructure for production quality, high volume DNS serving. Your users will have reliable, low-latency access to Google's infrastructure from anywhere in the world using our network of Anycast name servers.
Amazon Route 53 and Google Cloud DNS can be categorized as "DNS Management" tools.
Some of the features offered by Amazon Route 53 are:
- Highly Available and Reliable – Route 53 is built using AWS’s highly available and reliable infrastructure. The distributed nature of our DNS servers helps ensure a consistent ability to route your end users to your application. Route 53 is designed to provide the level of dependability required by important applications. Amazon Route 53 is backed by the Amazon Route 53 Service Level Agreement.
- Scalable – Route 53 is designed to automatically scale to handle very large query volumes without any intervention from you.
- Designed for use with other Amazon Web Services – Route 53 is designed to work well with other AWS features and offerings. You can use Route 53 to map domain names to your Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon S3 buckets, Amazon CloudFront distributions, and other AWS resources. By using the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service with Route 53, you get fine grained control over who can update your DNS data. You can use Route 53 to map your zone apex (example.com versus www.example.com) to your Elastic Load Balancing instance or Amazon S3 website bucket using a feature called Alias record.
On the other hand, Google Cloud DNS provides the following key features:
- High performance, reliable DNS service
- Easy to use, customizable to your needs
- Manage records for all your services
"High-availability" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon Route 53 over the competitors, whereas "Backed by Google" was stated as the key factor in picking Google Cloud DNS.
Airbnb, Medium, and Pinterest are some of the popular companies that use Amazon Route 53, whereas Google Cloud DNS is used by BarbaRuiva.com, SunSed, LLC, and FOODit. Amazon Route 53 has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1419 company stacks & 482 developers stacks; compared to Google Cloud DNS, which is listed in 31 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.
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