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Amazon Web Services Launches DNS Service 146

wiredmikey writes "Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced a highly available and scalable Domain Name System service designed to give developers and businesses a reliable and cost effective way to route end users to Internet applications. The service, 'Route 53,' effectively connects user requests to infrastructure running in AWS — such as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instance, an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer, or an Amazon Simple Storage Service bucket — and can also be used to route users to infrastructure outside of AWS."
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Amazon Web Services Launches DNS Service

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  • by anom ( 809433 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:13AM (#34459890)

    That is all.

    • by poetmatt ( 793785 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:53AM (#34460332) Journal

      the question is, will it route to wikileaks when under government pressure? Oh right, it'll monetize every website you go to and block anyone the politicians don't like.

      I'll pass on this, whenever.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by nicholas22 ( 1945330 )
        Exactly, they showed their true colors in the way that they handled the WikiLeaks affair / pressure from the government. Thanks, but NO THANKS Amazon!
        • by Creepy ( 93888 )

          I really don't see anything wrong with Amazon's response - they got a complaint, checked on it, and it violated their terms of service. Remember that that wikileaks is hosting STOLEN US PROPERTY, and as much as it is fun to read about it, it was illegally obtained - if this were a pirated software site, we wouldn't blink twice if the DNS provider refused them service.

          • really?

            when was that ever proven in court? What was stolen? Those diplomatic cables were never "exclusive US ownership" - by definition, they are owned by the citizens of the united states, not the government - We pay for these diplos with tax money. Have you ever heard of prior restraint?

            oh right, never proven to be illegal or stolen. good job making that leap there, fyi.

          • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

            by camionbleu ( 1633937 )

            Legally, Wikileaks' action is likely protected under the First Amendment. In 1971, the Supreme Court ruled (New York Times v. U.S) that the First Amendment barred the Nixon administration from keeping the New York Times and Washington Post from publishing illegally leaked information related to the Vietnam War. Two other cases (Landmark Communications v. Virginia and Bartnicki v. Vopper) support the view that it is not illegal to publish leaked information, even if the original leaking of that information w

      • God forbid an internet business should attempt to monetize something.
    • Route 53 - sort of a combination of the famous Route 66 [wikipedia.org] and a 'leet version of S3. ...in case you didn't get it.

    • by should_be_linear ( 779431 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @12:09PM (#34460508)
      New patented feature for governments: "One click assassination of DNS registrar".
  • Spamvertisement (Score:5, Insightful)

    by regular_gonzalez ( 926606 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:18AM (#34459948)
    Cool, thanks for the PR release wiredmikey
    • The light bill doesn't pay itself.

      Taco at least meters them in as opposed to flooding the front page. Unless a new iPod comes out or the like, then all bets are off.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Given the recent news around Amazon and Wikileaks, I'd say this is more like a comment laxative.

    • Re:Spamvertisement (Score:4, Informative)

      by wiredmikey ( 1824622 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:48AM (#34460276) Homepage
      Actually, the full press release with all the clutter and no information on the API, etc. is here: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1504334&highlight= [corporate-ir.net]
    • They posted it to give us a chance for lulz.

      I mean, really. Is ANYONE reading this going to think "what a great idea, I'll just sign my DNS up with Amazon"?

    • Fine, I'll bite, I can afford the karma hit.

      I've been looking for a new DNS host. And it's funny, I actually clicked on this story thinking I'd get to read some informed comments about the pluses and minuses of Amazon's new service from people who would know.

      Amazon "cloud" hosting services - popular with geeks, used by employed developers everywhere.

      Slashdot - a place where informed geeks talk about technical matters.

      See how I could easily have made that mistake?

      But I forgot, sometimes on sla
      • I'm a huge fan (in general) of Amazon. Spent more money there than I care to think on. That's irrelevant. The /. story was either a verbatim PR release or written by a PR stooge to be as banal and self-aggrandizing as possible. It wasn't intended to spur discussion but to advertise a product. The submission was obviously not along the lines of "Hey guys, here's a new DNS host, what do you think will be the advantages and disadvantages compared to OpenDNS et al?" That's fine, great, if you want to adve
        • Hmm. Okay. You may be right. The overall good-vs-evil tone of the conversation and wikileaks fixation so irked me that I kind of glossed over this.

          On the other hand, if a major tech vendor releases a new service that may be something newsworthy. No? Do we not consider it news when apple or google do something new? Should we? (Maybe I don't know the answer to that!)

          I guess I clicked on the story kind of hoping to find out what slashdotters think about the new service. To find out if there is anything co
    • No, obviously I do want to know what they sell. Especially when they try to sell it under a different name. All the better to not buy it with.

  • by burki ( 32245 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:19AM (#34459954)

    Since EasyDNS couldn't handle them anymore. Oh wait, wasn't there a problem with Amazon to start with?

    • by xTantrum ( 919048 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:22AM (#34459986)
      so when they decide they don't like my business model/price structure/web site/looks/colour/wtv they can shut my service down pronto. Yup, thanks Amazon where can I sign up?? Idiots.
    • Since EasyDNS couldn't handle them anymore. Oh wait, wasn't there a problem with Amazon to start with?

      Yeah, I thought that too. They announced this just after kicking Wikileaks out. It does give you an idea of how reliable that DNS service is.

      Screw them.

    • by Yvanhoe ( 564877 )
      Now when we talk about Amazon, we immediately think about the wikileaks debacle. I wonder if this is only because we follow geek news or if the mainstream knows about it. In which case the call to boycott amazon for christmas maybe very effective.
      • In reality, boycotts are rarely effective. Especially against a giant corporation like Amazon. Do you think 90% of your average consumers know or care about Wikileaks? And if they do know, are they willing to spend more money at another site just to make a political statement? I think you over estimate greatly the intelligence and resolve of the average internet consumer.
        • by stdarg ( 456557 )

          Things don't always cost more at other sites. For instance, a new Xbox game at Amazon is the same price as a new Xbox game at Newegg. I buy from Amazon out of familiarity and habit. It's my default. I kind of hope Amazon suffers because of their behavior over this. And certainly I would never, ever use EasyDNS after this. You'd have to be crazy to.

        • by Yvanhoe ( 564877 )
          I believe PR can hurt. Actually I believe enough in capitalism to believe boycotts can work.
          • I believe more in the apathy and ignorance of consumers than I do in consumers making informed purchases based on their beliefs. If people in the US were really that conscientious of their shopping choices, how can places like Wal-Mart thrive? Sure they may have the lowest prices, but what are the real costs when 80% of your products are made in China?
    • Since EasyDNS couldn't handle them anymore. Oh wait, wasn't there a problem with Amazon to start with?

      You got the company wrong! EasyDNS actually has volunteered to take on WikiLeaks as a customer. [easydns.org] It was *EveryDNS* that bowed to the US government and dropped WikiLeaks.

    • by Xyde ( 415798 )


  • really? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by hey ( 83763 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:23AM (#34460012) Journal

    "A reliable, cloud-based DNS service has been one of the most requested offerings by our customers" ... really?

    • Well, comcast is going to be *all* over this one...

      • by Hartree ( 191324 )

        Comcast needs to be all over something. Last night was just one of a series of troubles with dns they've had.

        • by Creepy ( 93888 )

          yeah - I switched my mom from Comcast to google DNS ( and when she couldn't get through to support - I wasn't near a computer at the time and I remembered that one off the top of my head.

    • Yeah, probably. If you're already running all their services, do you really want to manage BIND or equivalent by yourself? Linode offers DNS for their VM service, I'm sure others do too.

    • I have to agree. I evaluated using AWS for some production systems and it's horrible (it felt like it was still in a beta test stage). I would have assumed that the most user requested feature would have been to offer up-to-date server images running on their EBS (non-ephemeral) storage or at least provide a supported method for migrating server images from the instance-based storage to the permanent storage.

    • "A reliable, cloud-based DNS service has been one of the most requested offerings by our /former/ customers"

      Fixed that for you.

  • Hmmm.... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Chrisq ( 894406 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:33AM (#34460100)
    The biggest reason I can think of for using an alternative DNS is independence from governments. Since Amazon clearly bows to US government pressure and removed wikileaks [pcworld.com] I see it as a failure on this front.
    • To be fair, I'm not sure that they bowed to the US government or all those morons that view Wikileaks as a threat to US national security on par with Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Ladin.

      It's hard to say, but the latter probably can exert enough pressure that the US government wouldn't have to. Not that I have any idea which it is.
      • Fair enough.. but as far as Amazon's infrastructure, it's on par with any other customer... The power company doesn't care that you use electricity to allow your DVD player and TV to show you porn.
    • Re:Hmmm.... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by AndrewNeo ( 979708 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:50AM (#34460294) Homepage

      I know it's not normal to read the article on Slashdot, but seriously? Amazon is offering DNS hosting. Think BIND, not OpenDNS or whatever.

    • When they fought the one click patent war and bragged otherwise, started publishing stats on what their .com customers were buying, and laughed at my privacy complaint (I have my own .com domain), I dropped them and found that almost everything they have, I can get cheaper elsewhere.

      They keep on pulling shenanigans like caving to the government over wikileaks, one excuse after another for being craven cowards and bullies, and I continue to wonder why people trust them.

  • Hahahaha! Really, Amazon... *breathless* This is a really good practical joke, seriously. You boot sites from your cloud when someone tells you to and now you want people to trust your DNS! Oh, and yesterday I cancelled my PayPal & Amazon accounts. Keep up the good job! Now we see the true colors of these companies (until now, they were just an educated guess). We see what you did there, Amazon. We all know it. Shame on you.
    • by Hartree ( 191324 )

      Uh... I'm sure Bezos is just terrified of losing your and a few other accounts.

      And you're just twigging to the nature of large businesses? Ah. Before this you believed them when they said things like "Don't be evil."?

      • Say whatever you want. I know I'm insignificant to them, but I felt the need to do something for a change. I'm not the only one. There's also the bad PR. And no, I never completely believed Google's motto. Just look at what they're planning for wireless internet: the end of net neutrality. All companies are evil, some are less evil than others. Have a nice time being cynical and doing nothing. That's why we can't have nice things.
        • by Hartree ( 191324 )

          Oh, I agree that doing it makes you feel better, and it's harmless. It's just not a very effective riposte.

          On most tech related issues the large mass of people are not only going to do nothing but aren't even going to be cynical about it.

          Unless it can be made to connect to them in a way they feel, why should they? Example: I can get all worked up over funding for some esoteric physics research that will have a good effect, but most people will have no idea about it. To expect them to pick up that torch is u

      • by Magada ( 741361 )

        It's a cheap way to inflict some small amount of financial loss and to assuage one's consciousness by not supporting the guilty. It's better than nothing, iow. What's your problem?

    • by Ksevio ( 865461 )

      I think Amazon would be happy about you closing an account with PayPal - one of their competitors.

      This is more likely something aimed at the happy customers of amazon's cloud services - not places like wikileaks that could pose a serious legal risk for amazon to be hosting. Those happy customers will be happy to trust this DNS service. Sites like wikileaks probably won't trust ANY provider to begin with.

  • by noidentity ( 188756 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:39AM (#34460174)
    ...bugs like not working when the domain name contains the strings "wiki" and "leaks", and possible others not yet determined.
  • after they kicked off wikileaks, like spineless, witless cowards after pressure from some fatass u.s. senator, and lied about it. thankfully easydns directly told what happened to them so that we know precisely who amazon caved in to.

    my apps, business, customers are far valuable to risk by using amazon's spineless (tm) services.
    • Minor correction: EasyDNS never hosted Wikileaks; *EveryDNS* are the bootlicking cowards. Carry on.
  • by Dunbal ( 464142 ) *

    And will they refuse to list you if they don't like your content?

  • I live in Chicago. In the burbs there is a Route 53. It's heavily congested and often under construction. Is this what Amazon is offering?
  • by toxygen01 ( 901511 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:46AM (#34460244) Journal
    what wikileaks should use instead of everydns =]
  • DO NOT WANT (Score:5, Insightful)

    by thijsh ( 910751 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:47AM (#34460256) Journal
    Sorry Amazon, DNS needs reliability and has to be *more* free from political involvement, not less freedom and more censorship like you will undoubtedly offer.

    Tagged: DONOTWANT
    • Well, it probly was better than Comcast last night in the MidWest.

      They promoted equality by failing to return ALL dns queries for several hours.

  • by isaacbowen ( 1551205 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:48AM (#34460272)
    Seriously, use the summary to link to the friggen source. http://aws.amazon.com/route53/ [amazon.com]
  • by wcrowe ( 94389 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @11:58AM (#34460394)

    ...until they censor your website. Wikileaks is not the only one [wordorigins.org] with a problem.

    • Well, to be honest it's a case of 'what goes around comes around' where publishers are concerned. They've been exploiting writers for years.
      • Amazon is the new middle man, replacing publishers with their ecommerce engine. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  • by rolfc ( 842110 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @12:02PM (#34460446) Homepage
    I wont touch them anymore.
    • by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Monday December 06, 2010 @12:40PM (#34460822) Journal

      Not sure why you'd single out Amazon for this. Wikileaks violated their ToS. Any provider will kick you off if you violate their ToS, Amazon just gets the flack because they actually had a high-profile customer that they dropped. It should be taken as a danger of relying on 'the cloud' (i.e. letting someone else control your important infrastructure), rather than specific evidence that Amazon is evil.

      Remember boys and girls, putting stuff in the cloud means giving someone else control over the off switch.

      • by rolfc ( 842110 )
        I agree that this is a danger with the cloud in general, but in this case, it was Amazon that kicked out a customer and in this discussion we talk about Amazons new "reliable" service.
        • How dare they make a business decision. They should be forced to do what we want. This is a free country after all.

      • Wikileaks violated their ToS

        So? Don't give me the business at will crap.

        Many picture print services have an anti-blasphemy clause in their ToS. Does that mean, they won't let me print pictures of a bearded guy wearing a turban? Probably not, because Lieberman won't threaten them over that. But it still shouldn't be in their ToS.

        The proper way to handle things like Wikileaks would be a court order - expressing the will of the people, open to a legal counter-challenge, and a democratic discussion process.

        Not some blacklists, a cor

  • Because his phone call to Amazon will function as a de-facto "internet kill-switch", just as little Joe has always dreamed of having.

  • Scalable, redundant and probably fast.

    But is it Lieberman-proof?

  • After the way Amazon.com rolled over on Wikileaks, kicking them off their servers, I don't know why anyone would bother with Amazon. They just rolled over instantly and did not even put up a fight.
    Julian Assange is the best friend Democracy has. All these so-called news organizations, with their bloated budgets, failed to unearth any of this stuff. To keep their precious "access" the modern TV newsreader does no investigation at all. Instead, we get celebrity news...
  • by Anonymous Coward
    - route 53 is not reachable over IPv6 - No DNSSEC - No GeoIP coolness
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  • Cloud computing has a major Achille's Heel: you surrender your infrastructure and data to another entity. I've got the same issue with the Google cloud on my Android phone.

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