Announcing Rackspace Cloud DNS API General Availability – A Free Service to Easily Manage Your Domains, Sub-Domains and Records

Filed in Product & Development by Daniel Morris | October 26, 2011 10:58 am

Back in July, we announced[1] the public beta of our Cloud DNS API.  Based on customer feedback and hundreds of active public beta participants, we have made continuous improvements to ensure the API is production ready.   Today we are excited to announce the general availability of Rackspace Cloud DNS API to all US and UK cloud customers.

Domain and record management underlies nearly every web application and we have designed this API to make it easier to control this critical aspect of your web-based solutions.  The Rackspace Cloud DNS API enables you to automate and simplify your DNS management and has the features you have requested, including:

• REST-based API with comprehensive management capability
• New record types  (e.g. recent additions include TXT, AAAA, and SRV)
• Enhanced infrastructure with new regional DNS endpoints
• Decreased propagation times
• Full TTL Control
• Migration –import or export a BIND9-formatted file of domains and configuration details

Since July, we have also made significant updates to our underlying DNS infrastructure.  We are adding additional nameserver endpoints and have successfully improved response times and decreased the time to propagate changes.

If you want to learn more, go to the Rackspace Cloud DNS web page here[2].

And we’re not done yet.  While there is some DNS functionality already available in our current Cloud Control Panel, we are working to integrate the full set of Rackspace Cloud DNS API operations into our new Cloud Control Panel to deliver a first class user experience in 2012. Our goal is to expose the capabilities that are available via the API, including full management of domains and records, TTL settings, import/export, and more.

Pricing

Rackspace Cloud DNS is FREE.  That’s right, there is no cost for using the Rackspace Cloud DNS in combination with other Rackspace Cloud products.  Existing Cloud Servers™, Cloud Servers with a managed service level, Cloud Sites™, and RackConnect™ customers have access to the Rackspace Cloud DNS by default.

Cloud DNS is backed by Fanatical Support.  For support details, visit our website here[2].

The API

Implementation and management of our Cloud DNS solution is available through our API. To use our API, customers should have a general understanding of DNS management and be familiar with:

• RESTful Web Services
• JSON and/or XML Data Serialization Formats

To get started, download the API Developers Guide at http://docs.rackspace.com/api/[3]

Check out the Rackspace Cloud DNS Knowledge Center FAQs here[4].

As always, we want to hear what you think about our offering.   Head over to our product feedback [5]site and be heard.

Also, let us know if you have any questions about our new offering.  If you need the ability to automate and simplify your Domain Name System management, we hope you try our Rackspace Cloud DNS API[6] offering.

Endnotes:
  1. announced: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/blog/2011/07/07/rackspace-cloud-dns-beta-now-available-for-us-uk-cloud-customers/
  2. here: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/cloud_hosting_products/dns/
  3. http://docs.rackspace.com/api/: http://docs.rackspace.com/api/
  4. here: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/cloud_dns
  5. product feedback : http://feedback.rackspacecloud.com/forums/71021-product-feedback/category/28803-rackspace-cloud-dns
  6. Rackspace Cloud DNS API: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/cloud_hosting_products/dns/

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