Take it Easy

Four years ago I was facing one of the biggest challenges of my career. We had made the tough decision to bow out of a longstanding technology consortium which hosted a number of services for our organization and member schools. Costs were going up, and we knew we had to take it upon ourselves to find a way out, and soon.

I started making a list of all the services we needed to migrate to new solutions. Some were easier than others. One of the most critical services that I was struggling with was DNS. The acronym DNS stands for Domain Name System. It’s the technology that translates every web URL you type to a numerical IP address. For example, when you go to wadegibson.com, DNS is translating that to this web server at Without DNS the internet would be a jumbled mess of unintelligible¬†numbers. It’s a fundamental underpinning of nearly every technology we use today.

So, what does any unknowing tech guy do when you are trying to find a solution to a problem? You Google it, of course! I started searching for managed DNS providers and read every article or review I could get my hands on. Four years ago the market space was fairly limited in this area, which helped narrow things down quickly. One company name continued to bubble to the top with glowing positive reviews – DNS Made Easy.

I commend their team for coming up with such an¬†ingenious name, which couldn’t be more fitting. They have really hit a home run with this service. Their interface is unbelievably simple and easy to use, they have great help articles and videos, and their price….it will shock you how inexpensive it is. We have 72 domains managed in our DNS Made Easy account, and it only costs us $166. Per year. My colleagues always ask, “You mean per month, don’t you?” No. That’s really all we pay. I can’t even pay for the electricity and cooling for one server at $166 per year, let alone buy hardware, maintain the operating systems, and everything else that goes along with on-premise hosting.

This was a no-brainer, and truly one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’m such a fan of DNS Made Easy that I practically evangelize the product every chance I get. A number of my ESU colleagues across the state have now adopted DNS Made Easy in their environments as well. I even have a personal DNS Made Easy account for all of my own domains.

Finding DNS Made Easy was a pivotal moment. It proved to me, and others, that we could find affordable, first-class solutions to meet our needs. Having solutions like DNS Made Easy makes it easier for me to focus on delivering quality services without having to worry about our infrastructure.

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