Google DNS handles more than 70 billion requests every day

first_imgFor years, Google has championed the idea of a faster web. Their commitment is obvious for anyone using Chrome, which continues to add new tricks and tune its engines to deliver the speediest internet experience possible. Chrome was initially released in 2009 — the same year that they introduced another product designed to speed up your browsing: Google Public DNS.The more time you spend online, the more time you’re likely to waste waiting for your internet provider (or someone along the line) to perform DNS lookups for you. Sometimes these DNS servers fail to match a domain name with an IP address, and sometimes they match a name with an incorrect address. On rare occasions they can be “poisoned,” and put scores of users at risk of man-in-the-middle attacks.Google aimed to deliver a faster, more secure DNS backbone that everyone — from individual users to ISPs — could tap into. And tap into it they have, to the tune of more than 70 billion lookups every day. It’s particularly popular outside the U.S., where nearly 50 billion of those requests originate.Clearly the service has gained traction, and that’s good news for Google and for all of us, too. Why? At the very least, Google’s commitment to support IPV6 early should convince other companies on the ‘net that it’s time to flip the switch as well.Wondering if Google Public DNS can offer you any speed benefits at your home or office? Fire up namebench and find out. It’s a free, open-source tool that compares a number of DNS providers and shows you how they stack up.More at Googlelast_img read more