My CloudFlare Journey
As a long time DynDNS customer, I recently made the decision to move my services away. For the past 10 years DynDNS has been my Domain, DNS & Email (before the split to DuoCircle) provider. The decision to move my services was not due to bad experience as DynDNS had been great, the decision was based on financial benefits and not wanting to deal with USD to AUD conversions.
I chose to move domain services to GoDaddy. DNS is now being provided by CloudFlare’s free tier. Email remains with DuoCircle, but this may be next on the list to move. The financial savings moving away from Dyn, to the GoDaddy/CloudFlare solution. Has allowed me to reinvest those funds in other domains that I have been wanting.
As I digress a little, I just want to shout out to ClouldFlare’s customer service and in particular Co-Founder & CEO of CloudFlare Matthew Prince (@eastdakota) for the following nice touch on Twitter.
@ArronStebbing welcome to the team.
— Matthew Prince (@eastdakota) May 17, 2016
As a brief introduction to CloudFlare’s services they offer CDN, Optimization, Security, DDoS Protection, DNS & CloudFlare Apps. With 4 plans available Free, Pro, Business & Enterprise they have a solution to fit all needs.
Jumping into the migration of services without much consideration for the technical impacts did not prove overly successful and I was left with some challenges to overcome. Needing remote access to my home lab was an interesting challenge to overcome. One of the main reasons I signed up with Dyn 10 years ago, was to use its dynamic dns updates. My home ADSL service unfortunately has a dynamic IP and it was tedious to try and keep track of the changes without the use of a domain.
The home lab was leveraging my cisco router to provide DynDNS updates of the my IP – which at times also proved challenging in the past to keep it maintained and working. Disabling this on the cisco router certainly came with some happiness of not wanting to touch it anymore, but I needed to decide how I maintained this going forward.
To overcome this challenge I found DNS-O-Matic an OpenDNS Service and deployed the updating software onto one of my Netgear NAS’s. After a few days and no hiccups I decided this was acceptable and progressed down the path of going all in.
I have enabled some of CloudFlare’s optimization features after being satisfied that DNS and dynamic updating was working successfully, more detail on this in another post as I progress on my learning’s with CloudFlare’s service.
Reviewing the CloudFlare Analytics for the Last Month has already enlightened me to bandwidth savings and threat protection that the service has provided me which is a welcome value add as I was not receiving this previously with Dyn.
After the short period of time that I embarked on this experiment I am satisfied enough that I have removed all my services and historical data from Dyn. I will continue to expand my use of CloudFlare and have also moved some of newly invested domains to them for use as short url’s and various other tasks.