NS1 compared to Amazon Route53

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of NS1 and Amazon Route53. We hope this helps you compare these two Content Delivery Networks. You can find additional tips that help you select the right CDN here.
Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features NS1 Amazon Route53
CDN balancing (DNS) Fully supported Fully supported
CDNs Not supported Partially supported
Data Fully supported Fully supported
Integrated solution Not supported Not supported

CDN balancing (DNS)

CDN balancing (DNS) Fully supported Fully supported
Failover Fully supported Fully supported
Selection level Country level, state level (US) and AS (NS1 Pulsar) Country level, state level (US)

CDNs

CDNs in offer N/A N/A
PoPs N/A N/A
Purge All N/A N/A
Instant Purge N/A N/A
Control panel N/A N/A
Origin Push N/A N/A
Origin Pull N/A N/A
Origin Shield N/A N/A
Custom Rules N/A N/A
HTTP/2 Protocol N/A N/A
SPDY Protocol N/A N/A
Raw Access Logs N/A N/A
Real time statistics N/A N/A
Online signup N/A N/A
API N/A N/A
Custom CNAMEs N/A N/A
Shared SSL Certificates N/A N/A
Custom SSL Certificates N/A N/A
Wildcard SSL Certificates N/A N/A
RTMP Streaming N/A N/A
Video On Demand (VoD) N/A N/A
Storage N/A N/A

Data

RUM data Fully supported Not supported
Synthetic data Fully supported Fully supported

Other

Support 24×7 Email support (Business Plan)

24×7 Email and Phone support (Pro and Enterprise Plan)

Phone and Email support (extra charge), Community Forum (free)
Additional features Dedicated DNS, NS1 Pulsar Domain name registration, other AWS services

Pricing NS1 vs Amazon Route53

NS1 Amazon Route53
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) N/A N/A
APAC Traffic N/A N/A
LATAM Traffic N/A N/A
Queries Depends on the bundle Standard Queries

  • $0.400 per million queries (first 1 Billion queries per month)
  • $0.200 per million queries (over 1 Billion queries per month)

Latency Based Routing Queries

  • $0.600 per million queries (first 1 Billion queries per month)
  • $0.300 per million queries (over 1 Billion queries per month)

Geo DNS Queries

  • $0.700 per million queries (first 1 Billion queries per month)
  • $0.350 per million queries (over 1 Billion queries per month)
Extra costs Pulsar, phone support, emergency support and professional services Traffic Flow:

  • $50 per policy per month

Hosted Zones:

  • $0.50 per zone per month (first 25 zones)
  • $0.10 per zone per month (over 25 zones)

Health Checks:

  • $0.50 per check per month (AWS endpoints)
  • $0.75 per check per month (non-AWS endpoints)

Optional Health Check Features:

  • $1 per feature per month (AWS endpoints)
  • $2 per feature per month (non-AWS endpoints)

NSONE Description

NSONE or NS1 is a provider of intelligent DNS and traffic management services. The company is headquartered in New York, and has offices in San Francisco and in Singapore. Founded in 2013 by a team with first-hand experience in building content delivery networks (CDNs), infrastructure APIs and cloud platforms, NSONE came about to enable and improve present day’s dynamic infrastructures.

NS1 leverages infrastructure, network and real time user data to allow customers on their platform to create customised routing setups for a wide variety of applications. They offer data driven traffic management, managed DNS and dedicated DNS. Their product Pulsar is designed for real-time performance-based traffic routing, and offers fully automated traffic management functionality that can be used in a multi-CDN solution.

Note that NS1 does not include a content delivery network in its offering. Customers interested in their services will need to acquire multiple CDNs elsewhere in order to build a multi-CDN solution.

Current and or past customers of NS1 include Yelp, imgur, PulsePoint, onelogin, Algolia, Teridion, Thaifriendly, CDN provider MaxCDN and multi-CDN provider TurboBytes.

The network status of NS1 can be viewed here. The company has had periods of downtime and degraded performance, which have had a direct impact on clients. For more comparative information specifically on DNS performance we recommend websites such as DNSPerf.

Amazon ROUTE53 Description

Amazon Route53 is the DNS web service of Amazon Web Services (AWS). It’s part of the larger AWS ecosystem that also includes, among others:

  • Storage: S3, Glacier
  • CDN: Cloudfront
  • Networking: domain name registration, Traffic Flow
  • Databases: DynamoDB, SimpleDB, ElastiCache, Redshift, Kinesis
  • Application services: payments, email service, API gateway, transcoding, queue and notification services
  • Management: directory service, Elastic MapReduce, key management service
  • Deployment: CloudFormation, Elastic Beanstalk, CodeDeploy
  • Compute: Elastic Compute Cloud, Elastic MapReduce, Lambda

Route53 allows the routing of users both to other AWS services and to non-Amazon infrastructure. Management of the DNS and of other AWS services can be done via a graphical web interface.

Amazon’s Route53 Traffic Flow product enables clients to route traffic according to different preferences, such as Round Robin, latency based routing or Geo DNS. All types come with DNS failover.

Amazon provides a 100% available SLA for Route53, meaning that the company warrants that the service is up and running all the time, every month.

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