[dns-operations] Capturing Traffic

Robert Edmonds edmonds at isc.org
Tue Feb 26 02:44:59 UTC 2013

Warren Kumari wrote:
> So, yes, there is a commercial reason -- Google makes basically all its money from folk using the Internet.
> While things have been improving, a large number of ISPs were providing very poor recursive DNS services for their users -- DNS is seen simply as a cost and not as a revenue stream, and so they were often oversubscribed and / or not reliable (and / or would lie).
> Poor DNS performance leads to a substantially degraded user experience (sometime have a look to see how many DNS resolutions something like the CNN main page requires) -- poor user performance leads to users using the Internet less, which leads to Google not making as much money.
> Now I realize that lots of folk would prefer to believe that there is something more nefarious happening (and there is nothing really that I can say to change that) but I figured I should at least try explain why Google provides this...

by the way, speaking of, it'd be more convenient if this page:


showed the locations on a map, or at least expanded the IATA airport
codes.  cf.,


    (or even:

and speaking of anycast DNS and IATA air codes, why no SFO or LAX?  is a
single data center good enough for the entire U.S. west coast?  :)

Robert Edmonds
edmonds at isc.org

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