Don’t Let DNS Management Drive You Crazy

Filed in Partner & Customer Updates by Bob Bardwell | April 3, 2012 10:15 am

This is a guest post written and contributed by Brian Jinwright, CEO and founder at iPoots LLC, a Rackspace Cloud Tools[1] Partner. iPoots[2] (Internet Processing of Our Terabytes of Storage) provides DNSly in order to simplify management of your DNS with Rackspace Cloud DNS and other cloud providers.

DNS management can be frustrating. We get it. We’ve experienced it. We were so frustrated with logging into our domain registrar’s over-complicated, slow and upsell-driven interface to manage our DNS that we would go on raging sprees like Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction (not really, but you get the point).

Then we tried using a text editor and the command line to manage DNS, and were frustrated by the context change required to switch from writing code to looking at zone files. This frustration was further intensified by the fact that we now had to switch back and forth between screens to find the MX and CNAME records for Google Apps or other popular web services. DNS management became an exercise in frustration.

We got so fed up we made DNSly, a simple, fast and DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) web interface for managing DNS. DNSly allows us to use our favorite cloud providers’ DNS services. DNSly is also a community of developers and admins who don’t like to repeat themselves, and you can build and share templates for applying the records needed for popular services like Google Apps, WordPress.com, Blogger and more.

It works like this: You can build and share templates for applying the records needed for popular services, so the next time you or someone else in the community needs to apply records, that template is just a click away. And if you have records that you frequently apply to your domains, but don’t want them shared, you can set them to private.

To sum it all up, DNSly is a simple, fast and DRY web-based interface for managing your Rackspace Cloud DNS account and other cloud providers. Sign up for free today[3]!

DNS management shouldn’t be a headache. And some of the key functions of DNSly seek to ease the pain, including the ability to:

•Manage zones and all of the record types allowed by Cloud DNS
•Apply Domain Record Templates for popular services like Google Apps, Heroku and Blogger
•Easily create the Domain Record Template you need if you don’t see it
•Keep your security credentials and personal information safe – that is priority No. 1 at DNSly

To stop raging while managing your DNS follow these simple three steps:

1. Sign up[4] for free
2. Retrieve your Cloud DNS API Key[5]
3. Add your Rackspace Cloud DNS Account[6]

Endnotes:
  1. Rackspace Cloud Tools: http://../../cloud/tools/
  2. iPoots: http://www.ipoots.com/
  3. Sign up for free today: https://app.dnsly.net/register
  4. Sign up: https://app.dnsly.net/register
  5. Cloud DNS API Key: https://manage.rackspacecloud.com/APIAccess.do
  6. Add your Rackspace Cloud DNS Account: https://app.dnsly.net/login/

Source URL: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/dont-let-dns-management-drive-you-crazy/