Google Announces Cloud DNS, Has a Wide Variety of Uses

Google made a bunch of announcements about its Cloud Platform earlier this week, including Cloud DNS, a Domain Name System services to give developers a “highly available, reliable, and inexpensive “way to publish DNS zones and records.

Google previously blogged about some of its other big announcements like price drops, sustained-use discounts, managed virtual machines, expanded Compute Engine support, real-time big data with BigQuery, and some other developer tools.

In a new blog post, Google is talking more about Cloud DNS. Developers can use the Cloud DNS API to manage their own DNS records, and its nameservers respond to DNS queries to help route use traffic to servers and web apps.

“Cloud DNS can be used to name hosts, webservers and other internet resources, including Google Compute Engine virtual machines, and Google Cloud Storage buckets,” writes product manager Surbhi Kaul. “You can also use this service for zones and records for systems hosted in your datacenters and remote offices. Cloud DNS serves from more than 20 locations globally, and is based on the same principles and similar infrastructure implemented in Google’s authoritative service used for all Google properties which services billions of queries daily. Cloud DNS’ global, anycast-based network of DNS nameservers responds to end user queries from an optimal location, resulting in low DNS query latency, thereby increasing the access speed and improving the overall experience of end users.”

“Cloud DNS offers a self-service sign up with an affordable pay-as-you-go model,” Kaul adds. “You pay for the number of managed zones plus records, and for the number of queries serviced for those zones and records.”

Cloud DNS costs $0.40 per one million queries per month for the first billion queries, and $0.20 per hosted zone per month for the first 25 zones.

The product is in preview mode right now. More here.

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By Chris Crum

Chris Crum is a staff writer and content coordinator for iEntry.

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