NS1 Announces Managed DNS Capability
April 22, 2020
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NS1 announced Managed DNS capabilities to support increased use of virtual private networks (VPNs).

With NS1, network administrators gain powerful traffic management capabilities to accommodate the ever-growing number of remote employees and provide superior remote access experiences.

NS1 Managed DNS, when used to direct VPN users, improves the experience for remote employees by intelligently and dynamically steering traffic to the optimal VPN access points for reliable, frictionless connectivity. With patented point-and-click NS1 Filter Chain™ capability, network teams can easily configure powerful traffic-shaping algorithms based on location, resource availability, number of existing sessions, and a dozen other variables. Based on these rules, NS1's solution dynamically steers remote employees to the nearest healthy VPN endpoints that have the most capacity. As a result, employees can seamlessly connect and stay connected—a critical factor for business resilience.

"Supporting a distributed workforce can be a challenge in any environment, but during this unprecedented time "when stress on both employees and networks is heightened—business and IT leaders need to be confident in the performance and resilience of their systems," said Kris Beevers, CEO, NS1. "Our traffic management solutions ease this stress by eliminating the guesswork and uncertainty in establishing reliable, secure VPN connections, and allowing companies to focus on supporting employees and customers."

Customers using NS1's advanced traffic steering see a vast improvement in reliability and performance over having the user, or the VPN solution, choose the VPN endpoint based on location. The latter approach is particularly problematic because it doesn't account for the latency and congestion created by a large number of users trying to access the same network from the same general area. NS1 can ingest real-time telemetry to automate routing to the fastest and best-performing point of presence for each user, minimizing latency and preventing regional overload that could crash systems or prevent employees from connecting to the VPN at that location. The NS1 Filter Chain can also be built to implement unique, complex policies that incorporate real user performance, or even resource cost, making it an ideal solution for managing multiple VPN endpoints.

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