How to handle DNS to create failover hosting solution ?
Posted on 2008-10-23
This week, 1&1 Internet failed us badly. We lost lots of money, precious traffic while a huge marketing campaign was running in our city. Our web site went down for 3 "strategic" days of our campaign and I've learned (painfully) that 1and1 internet does not have ANY fail over redundancy hosting servers.
This is why I am here.
As a positive nature, I look forward and aim to implement a solution that will prevent such failure in the future.
Here is my plan and I wish to get councils from GURUs like you guys.
1. My intention is to subscribe for another hosting plan but with another web hosting company (maybe GoDaddy) as we need MS Hosting exclusively.
2. After I plan to handle the switch at the domain level.
The question is, how to make sure that when one hosting provider screw up, the other will take the relay flawlessly ?
a. I thought at the first place that it would be possible at the NS settings level. I would set my domain 2 first NS settings to the main hosting company and then the 2 others to the second hosting company.
Question: Is this possible ?
b. My other option is to purchase a No-Ip plus service and handle the domain with redirection only. No-Ip provides a fail over solution. If one goes down, the other IP will take the relay, no matter where I reroute the traffic.
Question: Would it be easier this way ?
I guess knowing 1&1, GoDaddy and No-IP services would help to provide an answer about this one. ;-)
Others may suggest other avenues that I may consider and evaluate.
Thanks in advance !