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The DNS & Email Acronyms That Help Define Dyn

No matter what type of relationship you have with Dyn, you have been exposed to acronyms. Whether you’re a tech savvy customer looking to upgrade your DNS management or a new visitor who is technically challenged, becoming familiar with a few acronyms sharpens the focus on who Dyn is and what we’re all about.

The Top 3 Acronyms That Define What Dyn Does Best

  1. DNS – Domain Name System: The Domain Name System translates computer hostnames (dyn.com) into IP addresses (134.0.76.51). DNS impacts website speed, performance and availability, but all managed/outsourced DNS providers are not created equal. With 17 data centers, we have had industry leading uptime for more than 13 years. From big brands to small businesses to personal users, Dyn offers a variety of DNS products that are easy to compare and choose what fits your particular needs.
  2. IaaS – Infrastructure-as-a-Service: In a nutshell, this means you can say goodbye to hardware and hello to The Cloud. Dyn’s high quality IaaS is all about eliminating downtime and missing emails with DynECT Managed DNS and DynECT Email Delivery. Twitter, Etsy and Zappos are just a few of Dyn’s clients that experience the peace of mind that comes when you outsource to the experts. Getting IaaS isn’t just for “The Big Guys” as we have a broad range of products to meet a broad range of needs.
  3. SaaS – Software as a Service: Software as a Service or “on-demand software” is where software and associated data are hosted on the cloud and accessed by users via a web browser. SaaS has been incorporated into the strategy of all leading enterprise software companies. If you’re a SaaS company, your software has to be available 24/7. Top SaaS providers like 37signals trust Dyn to ensure that happens.

More Dyn Related AcronymsAcronyms

Since I’m a fairly new Dyn employee and am still learning new acronyms almost every day, I decided to poll our engineers about what they think the most important Dyn acronyms are. Check out some of the results below, but keep in mind this is by no means a complete list.

Acronym Brief Definition
BGP – Border Gateway Protocol The protocol backing the core routing decisions on the Internet.
DKIM – Domain Keys Identified Mail A method for associating a domain name to an email message, thereby allowing a person, role, or organization to claim some responsibility for the message. (Authentication)
DTM – DynECT Traffic Management A DNS-based Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) solution that distributes application load between global data centers, cloud providers or your existing CDNs (Content Delivery Networks). A combination of our former Load Balancing, CDN Manager and DTM Traffic Manager services. DTM is what you need for more DNS control.
IP – Internet Protocol Responsible for routing packets across network boundaries. It is the primary protocol that establishes the Internet.
MTA – Mail Transfer Agent Software that transfers electronic mail messages from one computer to another using a client–server application architecture (the outgoing mail server).
MX – Mail Exchanger The Domain Name System associates a mail server to a domain with mail exchanger resource records containing the domain name of a host providing MTA services.
NS – Nameserver A computer server that hosts a network service for providing responses to queries against a directory service.
PaaS – Platform as a Service A category of cloud computing services that provide a computing platform and a solution stack as a service.
RTTM – Real-Time Traffic Manager Dyn’s Advanced Traffic Management gives managed DNS users the ultimate in control, customization and efficiency available with Real-Time Traffic Management (efficient routing of web traffic) and Geo Traffic Management (control of DNS responses to customized geographic rule sets).
SMTP – Simple Mail Transfer Protocol An Internet standard for email transmission across IP networks.
SPF – Sender Policy Framework An email validation system designed to prevent email spam by verifying sender IP addresses.

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Whois: Lynda Straffin

Lynda Straffin is a front-end web developer for Dyn, the world leader in Internet Performance Solutions that delivers traffic management, message management, and performance assurance. You can follow her creative endeavors on Twitter.