Route 53: None*
Route 53 does not support traditional Secondary DNS, which can be problematic for redundancy purposes. *However, you can use Route 53 as a secondary provider, if using DigiCert DNS or another provider that supports traditional secondary DNS.
DigiCert DNS: Secondary DNS for Redundancy
DigiCert DNS Trust Manager supports traditional secondary DNS, which means you can use us as your primary or secondary provider. We work well with Route 53, but in order to use them alongside DigiCert DNS, we would need to be your primary DNS provider.
DigiCert DNS Trust Manager: Our proprietary Peregrine Instant DNS updates (PIDU) technology pushes DNS changes to our thousands of authoritative nameservers in less than a second, making our Failover service one of the fastest in the world.
Route 53: Failover
Route 53’s failover service detects when one of your resources is down and automatically reroutes users to alternative resources in your DNS configuration. This works via Route 53 health-check agents that monitor your endpoints.
DigiCert DNS: Failover
DigiCert DNS' Failover solution operates similarly to Route 53’s with two key differences: DigiCert operates on its own extensive, bare metal server infrastructure and checks the health of your alternative resources before redirecting traffic, which prevents unnecessary downtime.
Route 53: Traffic Flow
This feature is Route 53’s traffic management solution. It enables you to direct traffic based on geo proximity, the health of resources, and latency.
DigiCert DNS: GTD
Similar to Route 53’s Traffic Flow service, DigiCert DNS Trust Manager Global Traffic Director lets users create region-specific DNS records that can serve content based on user location. Records can be configured for six regions around the world. GTD greatly improves performance, resolution accuracy, and speeds.
Route 53: Basic DNS Query Logging and Reporting
Route 53 provides limited query and reporting features for your domain(s). Their reports do not include IP, network, or additional flags.
DigiCert DNS: DNS Analytics
We offer true DNS analytics that provides in-depth, real-time reporting on your domain(s) query activity. This solution is invaluable for troubleshooting DNS errors and misconfigurations, researching threats based on historical domain data, and for optimizing performance.
DigiCert DNS' speed beats Route 53 on a global scale.
The lower number is better performing and represents faster speeds. The graph shown is based on a world view (4/2023)
1. DigiCert DNS Trust Manager- 16.26 ms
2. Route 53- 28.73 ms
AWS Route 53: None
NS1 doesn’t have a built-in DDoS prevention solution, and instead, focuses on redundant measures to ensure your domain is protected.
DigiCert DNS: Real-time Traffic Anomaly Detection (RTTAD)
We share NS1’s sentiment on redundancy—it’s a vital defense against DDoS attacks and other types of outages. However, we offer a real-time monitoring service that uses machine learning (based on the Fourier Arima model) to analyze and predict web traffic. With RTTAD, you can view your DNS traffic in real time, and are instantly notified if any suspicious activity is detected. With RTTAD enabled, you can make proactive decisions rather than reactive ones and stop an attack before it can bring your domain offline.
Do you need more advanced GeoDNS services?
Our sister company Constellix has one of the most innovative DNS and Multi-CDN feature sets in the industry. See how Constellix and Route 53 compare.