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Hooray! 20 billion queries in a single day!
Last week — for the first time in our history — we answered more than 20 billion DNS queries in a single 24 hour period. Twenty billion queries. That more than doubles the total number of queries we answered as recently as April 2009 when we announced we'd hit the 10 billion milestone. And we've never had downtime.
This is an extremely positive indication for us, as it points to the increasing demand for a rock-solid, reliable DNS service that not only makes your Internet faster and more reliable, but safer and smarter, too. We now have 15 million users around the world. More than 25,000 schools choose us to keep their kids safe online. And businesses of all sizes are switching in droves to OpenDNS.
Thanks to everyone for helping us achieve this awesome milestone.
OpenDNS How-To: Enable SmartCache on your network.
SmartCache is one of OpenDNS's most significant DNS caching innovations. The service — included in all versions of OpenDNS — keeps track of the last known good IPs for Web sites that are experiencing an authoritative DNS outage and hands them back instead of returning no answer. In many cases, the IPs associated with the web server or other services you are trying to reach work just fine and the Web site loads successfully. Without SmartCache, it'd feel like the site was down. So in effect, SmartCache makes Web sites that are down and unreachable for the rest of the Internet load for OpenDNS users.
In order to take advantage of SmartCache, you still need to take action and enable it on your network. Here's how to do it:
Customer Spotlight: Titleserv
Secure and reliable DNS is of the utmost importance for Titleserv, a leading provider of title insurance, appraisal and settlement services, operating offices across the United States. Which is precisely why the company chose to deploy OpenDNS Enterprise at all of its locations.
"We looked at everything available and OpenDNS was by far the best," said Michael Dragone, network admin at Titleserv, who calls the insight OpenDNS stats provide to his team "invaluable."
"We saw many queries for some domains that we didn't expect and it turned out to be problematic software. We were able to investigate further and solve the issue," he continued. "OpenDNS stats provide insight we wouldn't otherwise have. The service is easy to test and deploy, easy to manage, and much faster to respond to queries than other DNS services."
Last-minute gift idea: Give OpenDNS Deluxe ($9.95 US)
With just a couple shopping days left this holiday season, avoid shopping altogether and look no further than OpenDNS Deluxe — the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
Give OpenDNS Deluxe and they'll get faster, more reliable Internet and the easiest-to-use parental controls solution available — including award-winning anti-phishing that takes the guesswork out of identifying fraudulent sites.
Purchase a gift subscription (just $9.95 for service through Dec. 31, 2010) and your friend or loved one will be notified of your gift via email. They can set it up immediately with the access code in the email.
Introducing the free OpenDNS Whitepaper. Download today.
We're excited to unveil the new free OpenDNS Whitepaper, "A radically simpler approach to Web content filtering and security."
The document explores how OpenDNS works from a technical perspective, how our approach is easier and more efficient than the appliance-based solution you may be using today, and some perfect-fit use cases.
Register here to download the whitepaper.
For more information about using OpenDNS subscription services in your organization, contact OpenDNS sales today.
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