Calling All Hosting Providers! DirectAdmin DNS Clusters from only £15/month!

suhailc

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Welcome to DNSCluster.co.uk, your one stop destination for getting a multiple node, geographically dispersed, failover DNS cluster for either Cpanel or DirectAdmin hosting servers.

The locations currently available are:

Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK (Test IP: 94.76.207.31)
Chicago, Illinois, US (Test IP: 38.102.48.100)
Dallas (DataBank), Texas, US (Test IP: 216.245.213.66)
Dallas (InfoMart), Texas, US (Test IP: 67.228.31.184)
Seattle, Washington, US (Test IP: 63.223.120.65)

If you want to see it in action, have a look at the DNS report for this website (DNS being hosted at 4 locations).

Whilst our website is being built, we are offering all new customers a generous discount on our DNS Cluster plans:

2 x DNS Server Cluster (Cpanel) for only £10/month .:. Order Now
4 x DNS Server Cluster (Cpanel) for only £15/month .:. Order Now

2 x DNS Server Cluster (DirectAdmin) for only £15/month .:. Order Now
4 x DNS Server Cluster (DirectAdmin) for only £30/month .:. Order Now

For a limited period, our plans come with free setup of your DNS servers, along with free configuration for upto 5 Cpanel or DirectAdmin hosting servers.

The primary reasons to get a DNS cluster are:
1. You can add as many servers as you want whilst only using a set number of nameservers, e.g. you have 20 hosting servers but all hosting clients use the same ns1/ns2/ns3/ns4 nameservers.
2. You can move accounts between hosting servers with zero downtime
3. In the event of a server outage, the DNS service still works and mail is not bounced immediately. And when the server is back online, websites are immediately available.

Each DNS server comes with 256MB RAM, 10GB Storage, 100GB Monthly Traffic, 1 IP (for the nameserver) and full root access. You will also get your own server control panel account, allowing you to reboot your servers if necessary and view their usage.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Regards,
Suhail.
 
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nobaloney

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I'm trying to get my head around this.

1) How do the servers learn of which domains to serve? Do we have to add each domain to a control panel on your system(s), or even more, the entire zone?

2) Is there any limit to how many zones may be served? Or how many requests may be made?

3) do you require root access to our server(s) to set this up?

4) Do we get all four countries even if we order only the first (ns1 & ns2) solution?

5) In the future as we add more servers, will there be a setup charge to setup each server?

Thanks.

Jeff
 

suhailc

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Hi Jeff,

Hope you're well.

1) How do the servers learn of which domains to serve? Do we have to add each domain to a control panel on your system(s), or even more, the entire zone?
The DNS servers will all be running DA, hence making use of DA's multi server cluster system. When you add the DNS server to the hosting server with 'Zone Transfer' checked, all DNS records are synced to the DNS server. Thereafter, every new domain that is added to the hosting server is propagated to the DNS server via the task queue.

2) Is there any limit to how many zones may be served? Or how many requests may be made?
No, you're only limited by server resource limits. And of course if you're running 5000 domains it would make sense to be using a more powerful DNS server.

3) do you require root access to our server(s) to set this up?
DA admin access is only required.

4) Do we get all four countries even if we order only the first (ns1 & ns2) solution?
2 x DNS servers would be served by two chosen locations, 4 x DNS servers by four chosen locations, in the location order specified. The more locations, the greater the redundancy.

5) In the future as we add more servers, will there be a setup charge to setup each server?
Right now we're doing free setups as it's a new product/service, but after a while we do intend on charging for setting up additional servers. Although once you understand the setup, it's easy peasy to add additional hosting servers.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Regards,
Suhail.
 

nobaloney

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2) Is there any limit to how many zones may be served? Or how many requests may be made?
No, you're only limited by server resource limits. And of course if you're running 5000 domains it would make sense to be using a more powerful DNS server.
Not necessarily, in our experience.
3) do you require root access to our server(s) to set this up?
DA admin access is only required.
Why would you require access at all? Why can't we set up multi-server option on our own?

And one more thing: how do you protect against duplicate zones for the same domain causing DNS problems... this is one of the reasons we use our own DNS Master2Slave Replicator instead of Multi Server Option now.

Thanks.

Jeff
 

suhailc

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Not necessarily, in our experience.

Why would you require access at all? Why can't we set up multi-server option on our own?

And one more thing: how do you protect against duplicate zones for the same domain causing DNS problems... this is one of the reasons we use our own DNS Master2Slave Replicator instead of Multi Server Option now.

Thanks.

Jeff
Agreed that the number of domains can be 5000(or more) - we're already hosting DNS clusters in excess of this using the specified servers which are handling them easily. Ultimately depends on how many DNS requests take place. Could be 50,000/day for 5000 domains, or 500,000 for 500 domains.

About DA admin access for setting up - I assumed you asked this question generally as of course you can set it up yourself. It's only required if you want us to set it up for you. Else we'll just setup the DNS servers and provide you with their details.

The 'Domain Check' feature prevents duplicate domains being created once all hosting servers have been added to the DNS cluster. If it's not used(say when migrating a DA account from one server to the next), then yes you can end up with duplicate domains on hosting servers(the old account should be deleted), but the DNS record would be the latest one sent to the DNS servers re-writing the previous record.

Regards,
Suhail.
 
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