Other free services are designed to get you into their ecosystems and/or contribute data to their systems. This is an issue for many organizations as DNS data can be very valuable and sensitive. As you can image, the infrastructure required to run the .CA domain registry is pretty resilient, and as a non-profit, CIRA doesn’t share or monetize your DNS data.
The impact of Dyn shutting down its secondary DNS is now forcing many IT managers to seek alternatives. The good news is that Oracle gave a good long timeline for moving into their cloud and/or finding an alternative for the deprecated services and we can give them great props for that.
So what does it mean for CIRA? Well, CIRA doesn’t operate a standalone dynamic DNS service so we aren’t able to jump in there. We also do not offer a fully managed DNS service to help those not willing to move into the Oracle world. We continue to highly recommend you look into what your domain name registrar is offering because many of them have made great leaps forward in the quality of their DNS, including several that resell CIRA’s Anycast DNS infrastructure as part of their managed services.
If you are one of the enlightened (or medium-to-large sized) organizations that know how important authoritative DNS redundancy is, then you already have a secondary DNS service that leverages a different supplier, with different clouds, offering different software and hardware stacks and is global.