Cloudflare does not support traditional Secondary DNS, which can be problematic for redundancy purposes. *However, you can use Cloudflare as a secondary provider if using DigiCert DNS or another provider (as primary) that supports traditional secondary DNS.
DigiCert DNS Secondary DNS
DigiCert DNS Trust Manager supports traditional secondary DNS, which means you can use us as your primary or secondary provider. We work well with Cloudflare, but in order to use them alongside DigiCert, we would need to be your primary DNS provider.
DigiCert DNS Trust Manager services run on our own extensive, bare metal server infrastructure and features our proprietary Peregrine Instant DNS updates (PIDU) technology. PIDU pushes changes to our thousands of authoritative nameservers in less than a second, making our Failover service one of the fastest in the world.
Cloudflare: Load Balancing
Cloudflare’s Load Balancing service includes failover, which allows you to distribute traffic evenly across servers and to configure health checks that monitor your endpoints. If your primary endpoint goes down, your traffic will automatically be routed to the backup IP/host in your configuration. You can also customize monitoring rules and health check intervals.
DigiCert DNS Trust Manager: Failover
DNS Made Easy’s Failover solution operates similarly to Cloudflare’s and our load balancing feature also allows traffic to be distributed evenly across servers. One additional step we take is to ensure your alternative resources are healthy and available before redirecting traffic, which prevents unnecessary downtime.
Cloudflare: Argo Smart Routing
Cloudflare’s Argo Smart Routing product automatically detects congestion and reroutes traffic across the fastest and most reliable paths available. This Argo works to reduce loading times, and increase reliability and security.
DigiCert DNS: Global Traffic Director (GTD)
DigiCert DNS' 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 intelligently routes traffic for optimal end user experiences and greatly improves performance, resolution accuracy, and speeds.
Cloudflare: Logs (Enterprise only) and Analytics
Cloudflare Logs provides data on your domain’s HTTP requests, which can be used to debug, spot configuration errors, improve security and performance, and create custom analytics. Their analytics product offers insight into your website’s cached resources, firewall events, website performance, and more.
DigiCert DNS: DNS Analytics
We offer true DNS-focused analytics that provides in-depth, real-time reporting on your domain(s) query activity, including query logging and statistics. This solution is invaluable for gathering DNS infrastructure data, comparing trends over time, troubleshooting DNS errors and misconfigurations, researching threats based on historical domain data, optimizing performance, improving SEO, and more.
Cloudflare and DigiCert DNS have competitive speeds and are within 8ms of eachother. You can't go wrong with either providers speed performance.
The graph shown is based on a world view according to PerfOps (4/2023)
Cloudflare: DDoS Protection
Cloudflare provides an unmetered DDoS mitigation service for domain and network protection against HTTP DDoS attacks. Users also receive real-time alerts in the event an attack has been detected and mitigated by Cloudflare’s system and view the events from their dashboard.
DigiCert DNS: Real-time Traffic Anomaly Detection (RTTAD)
We offer a real-time monitoring service that uses machine learning 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. Our network is also engineered to protect against TCP state exhaustion attacks, reflection/amplification attacks, and application attacks.
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