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London, United Kingdom, 2007/05/15 - 3C launches the world's fastest DNS server, capable of handling one million requests per second - and it's immune from outside attack. HPNS removes the risk of the system being compromised through operating system vulnerabilities.
3C Limited, a UK-based startup, has today launched 3C-DNS, the world's fastest authoritative DNS server, capable of answering over a million queries per second on a single CPU. This order-of-magnitude performance improvement over any other single-box solution is made possible by 3C's High Performance Network Stack, HPNS, which works alongside the underlying operating system's network stack to provide ultra-high performance for certain classes of network service, including DNS.
“DNS is right at the heart of the internet”, said David Knell, 3C's CEO, “but is often overlooked until it goes wrong. 3C-DNS' performance makes it highly resistant to DDoS attacks and, by isolating external network traffic from the underlying operating system, HPNS removes the risk of the system being compromised through operating system vulnerabilities.”
HPNS is a network stack written from the ground up to provide ultra-high performance for applications such as VoIP, media streaming and DNS. These receive and transmit large numbers of small packets, which is the worst case for most operating systems, which require context switches from user-mode to kernel and back again for each packet sent or received. HPNS cuts this overhead to a minimum, allowing much higher performance than conventional network stacks.
3C-DNS is supplied as a 1U appliance, containing two completely separate servers, which provides up to four gigabit ethernet ports to handle DNS traffic. It uses standard BIND zone files for configuration, meaning that it is usually a drop-in replacement for older DNS servers. It is priced at £2995, or US$5995.
3C Limited (3c.co.uk), based in London, UK, is a startup developer and integrator of technologies to support the communications and new media industries.