Why Businesses Are Implementing AWS Route 53 to enhance DNS migration?


Why Businesses Are Implementing AWS Route 53 to enhance DNS migration?

AWS Route53 is a highly scalable and dynamic DNS service that you can avail of from any other service in the market. The name of AWS Route 53 is base don the TCP or UDP port 53 through which all server requests are catered. The responsibility of Route 53 is to handle the registration and route user internet requests to the specific applications where it is hosted on the AWS platform.

As much as the word routing sounds simple, it is equally dynamic and difficult when we are dealing with a large amount of data or user requests. In such a case, it is important that the routing mechanism that you are using is full proof and intelligent enough to support all types of routing policies. Just like other AWS services, you can avail AWS Route 53 also at the pay-as-you-go model and absolutely without any maintenance.

The amount that you have to pay for route 53 is only for the resources that you consume and hosted zones that you create. You must be knowing how DNS works, and if you explore more about AWS Route 53, you will understand the value that this AWS Route 53 can create for your business and cloud infrastructure. There are so many benefits and advantages of Route 53 that makes it one of the most favorite and popular choices of business owners and AWS consultants.

Still, if you are wondering, why AWS Route 53 should be considered then here are a few reasons that would be helpful:

AWS Route 53 comes with some of the powerful routing policies which are very useful for the DNS requests. If your domain is up and running then you choose the best routing policy that fits your business needs and implement it with ease. However, in order to implement the service and routing policies in AWS Route 53, it is important that you have the complete knowledge of all the routing policies. So here is the brief about each policy that come can be useful while making practical changes.

Simple Routing Policy

The basic setup and common routing policy used by most of the business is the simple routing policy that maps the public IP address with the domain name. For example, if your domain public IP address is, and you want to use the human-readable domain www.vianalabs.com to be mapped with it then AWS Route 53 can assist you in the same. So whenever anyone types www.vianalabs.com, the server will route the request to a specific application hosted on the public IP address defined with the domain.

Weighted Routing Policy

Weighted routing policy works on the basis of ‘Priority’ settings so based on the number of priorities defined for each server, you can route the incoming traffic accordingly. With the help of this routing policy, you can seamlessly balance the load of incoming traffic and manage new testing versions of your software. Secondly, this kind of routing can also assist in maintaining the balance among all servers.

Latency Routing Policy

In order to cope up with the cut-throat competitive market, it is important that you respond to user requests at lightning speed. And Route 53 can cater to the request smartly by choosing the best available server that can respond to user requests immediately. This helps your user to avail of information better than other sites and enhance the user selection process as well.

Routing over Failover Condition

This is one of the common routing mechanisms that you will find in almost every routing solution. If you have multiple servers and if one of the servers is experiencing downtime then Route 53 will automatically route the requests through the next available server without allowing the user to know about the downtime.

Geolocation Based Routing Policy

If you are located in the United States and if you want to route all the US-based requests to be catered from the local servers, then Geolocation based routing allows you to configure such requests. This enables you to respond to the user requests immediately from a local server and ensures that the latency is limited.

Essential and Effective Features

  • Domain Registration – Instead of purchasing domains from different vendors, you have the flexibility to purchase the top-level domains of your choice of all extensions from Route 53. You can also avail of the protection of records from WHOIS through Route 53.
  • Private DNS – Route 53 supports private hosted zones which allows you to easily manage domain names within your VPCs. With the help of this feature, you can easily switch between IP based resources without updating multiple embedded links.
  • Health Check – Monitoring and managing application health is also an additional feature of Route 53 that detects, redirects and ensures the application is healthy.
  • AWS Service Integration – Integrated tightly with the Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), CloudFront, and S3, routing traffic to ELB CNAME records, website hosting on S3 r generating custom domains for CloudFront URLs are achievable.
  • Alias Records – Instead of using IP address, the alias resource helps in pointing directly to other services like CloudFront, ELB, Amazon S3, etc. So even if the IP address of the services changes then the route automatically changes to the right endpoint.

Domain Migration Alternate Options

  • Changing Domain Name Registrar
    If you are wondering that for using the Route 53 features you need to move your domain name from its current registrar then not needed. All you need to do is provide the new domain name server that you get from Route 53 to the registrar. Once the details are updated on the name server of your provider, and Route 53 will ensure that all requests are managed from its own name servers.
  • Migrate Your Domain Name
    If you want to move the domain from the current registrar then you need to get the DNS records from the DNS provider. The details of the registrar can be updated on AWS using ‘GethostedZone’. Depending on the TTL settings it may take 24 to 48 hours.

Few More Advantages of Route 53

  • Security – Route 53 is tightly integrated with AWS IAM by which it can limit the access to your VPC and options that they access. IAM offers a wide range of services like access to web services, resources, creation and management of AWS users/groups, and assigning permissions to various AWS resources.
  • Reliability – Regardless of which routing policy that you are looking for Route 53 can keep your business network running all the time. You can rely on Route 53 services for all kinds of traffic management.
  • Cost Management – Without the need for additional hardware, Route 53 allows you to redirect website requests. And without any additional charges, you can query certain S3, ELBs, VPC, or CloudFront.
  • Service Level Agreements – With Route 53 you can also get service credits every month on your billing cycle.
  • Faster Than Usual – Unlike other DNS server systems in the market, Route 53 can be up and working within 60 seconds in typical working conditions.

Take Away

These are some of the major advantages of Route 53. The service is also highly useful in hybrid cloud infrastructure and other DNS migrating needs. If you need more information regarding the implementation of Route53 to your cloud platform, contact us at partners@vianalabs.com