In a bit of bind...

Graeme Fowler graeme at
Tue Jun 2 09:37:23 UTC 2009

Once upon a time, whilst working for a fairly well-known UK domain
registration company, I put together a system built on an early version
of the BIND-DLZ patchset against BIND 9.2.5 (If I recall correctly).

It used MySQL as the backend database (because that's what the
registration system used for CRM purposes) and worked very nicely,
thankyou, for well in excess of a million zones and a query rate which I
forget but was of the order of several thousand per second, maybe higher
at times.

We had a custom-written web management toolbox, part of which was
exposed to customers through their control panel so they could manage
their zones by themselves.

The "frontend" nameservers - those actually answering queries - had a
"read only" one-way replicated copy of the tables being managed by the
CRM system, so all changes were near instantaneous. Copious caching
options and indexing in MySQL gave the DB pretty good performance. The
frontend servers themselves were load balanced and fault-tolerant and in
theory at least a single machine could handle the overall system load.

Unfortunately, after I moved on from that job the system broke in some
spectacular way (I don't know why) and has since been significantly
changed from the original spec, but I couldn't say how...

DLZ worked for us - but the DB and management tools were built "in
house"; I don't think there's an ideal off-the-shelf solution built
around it (yet).


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