[dns-operations] Should medium-sized companies run their own recursive resolver?

Mike Hoskins (michoski) michoski at cisco.com
Wed Oct 16 14:24:07 UTC 2013

-----Original Message-----

From: Chris Boyd <cboyd at gizmopartners.com>
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 10:06 AM
To: "dns-operations at mail.dns-oarc.net Operations"
<dns-operations at mail.dns-oarc.net>
Subject: Re: [dns-operations] Should medium-sized companies run their
own	recursive resolver?

>On Oct 16, 2013, at 2:24 AM, Warren Kumari wrote:
>> Companies *seem*[1] to follow the trajectory of:
>> 1: We have 1-10 employees, we'll just use whatever Netgear / Linksys
>>someone had lying around / the DSL we ordered came with. This is largely
>>a home network.
>> 2: We now have 10-50 employees, let's get a consultant to give us a
>>hand. Wheee, now we have a Windows <something> "server" and a (consumer)
>As a former provider of IT outsourcing services for companies in the 1
>and 2 categories, I'd absolutely agree with your characterizations, and
>add that these types of organizations are extremely averse to IT
>spending. One simple tweak that I liked to do on the local Windows server
>domain name server was to configure the local ISP resolvers as forwarders
>so that lookups for CDN cached content would get to the "right" place.
>People usually commented "the Internet is much faster now."

It's been awhile, but I've been here as well.  While large corporations
certainly have plenty of secrets, I always found it somewhat ironic that
smaller companies are often startups whose lifeblood depends on their
intellectual property...but they routinely spend the least on protecting
what's keeping them in business.

DNS is certainly a part of this, but it's really the larger trend you
raised of being averse to almost any IT spending.  At 1-10 employees this
might make sense, but at 10-50 you really can't justify not having at
least one knowledgeable IT person in house.  As a smaller company you
certainly have to be more mindful of budget impact, but anything you save
up front will be lost in productivity, security and consultant fees...and
might ultimately put you out of business.

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