Nominum introduces cloud-based version of Intelligent DNS with SKYE

Nominum has taken the next step with its intelligent DNS format and offered a cloud based version of it.

Named SKYE, the service will offer ‘pay to use' cloud-based infrastructure services to a broader range of ISPs. It will allow large and small enterprises to provide their end-users with increasing protection and improving relevance when navigating the internet.

The intelligent DNS is currently used by 170 million households and 100 service providers globally. The company claimed that by extending access to its carrier grade DNS software through a service-based model, internet navigation, safety and security will be vastly and swiftly improved for all broadband users.

SKYE vice president and general manager Jon Shalowitz claimed that the idea was to take the intelligent DNS and make it available through the cloud.

Shalowitz said: “This is a hosted model, the goal is to allow some level of security and policy based control and allow it to be accessible to all networks. This is very attractive to business models that want to leverage the best software but control cost.

“It carries a wealth of information, not only the DNS input from a technology standpoint but it will tell you when things go wrong.”

He also claimed that this will present a solution to people who use freeware ‘or something in Microsoft'. He said: “We are seeing a groundswell of integration from ISPs but they need to know how to bring intelligent DNS to the rest of the internet. SKYE is about taking the intelligent DNS to 100 per cent of users.”

SKYE has been established as a separate business unit from Nominum's existing software business, with considerable investment made to establish a global data centre presence and recruit staff to grow and market the business and manage service delivery.

It comprises four service offerings providing an end-to-end DNS solution: SKYE Core is a caching DNS service for Tier 2 & 3 ISPs and enterprises; SKYE Secure is an authoritative (external) DNS service supporting DNSSEC aimed at both ISPs and enterprises; SKYE Search is a turnkey search destination solution for ISPs to help redirect users responsibly to the right website; while SKYE Trust is a threat management service for ISPs which blocks malicious activity on the internet such as malware, botnets, spam and abhorrent content in real-time.  

Shalowitz said: “DNSSEC creates a secure layer that is almost an SSL connection, this will ensure that there is no man-in-the-middle attack and confirms who you are. SKYE supports it and it is DNSSEC ready.”

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