Recommendations for Forward/Reverse, TXT and SFP DNS Hosting providers

Hello EE,
I am looking to see if anyone can recommend anyone they are using for external DNS hosting.  I am looking for somebody more built with redundancy as now we have a single server.  I would like the ability to log in and make my own changes rather than request them and wait 72 hours so wanted to get recommendations.
operationsITAsked:
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Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
Have you considered Cloudflare?

link:  http://www.cloudflare.com

You can use the free service to manage your DNS and the added benefit is you can use the service to enhance your public website's performance.

Dan
gheistCommented:
If you host DNS in house you can set refresh to something very short. it is understandable mass DNS hosters do not want to accept extreme DNS load with 1min TTLs (which would then be used even worse by botnets)
kevinhsiehCommented:
I have been extremely happy with DNSMadeEasy.com for 8 years. All changes are propagated instantly to all of their servers, they have 100% uptime SLA (only been one instance of an issue where there was some slowness in Europe so they credited me. I never noticed the problem). DNS is their core business, and they also have very cool failover monitoring where they can update DNS to point to a new server if the first one is down. I would pay several times the cost for that feature alone. Various packages are available. We spend less than $80 annually and manage multiple domains under the same account.
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gheistCommented:
Cloudflare is FREE, less than 0.01 zimbabwean cents per century... Automatic TTL (the more often you make changes the shorter TTL is, if you stop it grows with grass)
operationsITAuthor Commented:
@kevinhsieh - is there support and help in getting migrated?

@gheist - same question as above?  How long have you been using?
gheistCommented:
Never needed any. I have all in house...
kevinhsiehCommented:
DNSMadeeasy has phone and web support. I don't know if I have ever needed it. Web UI is easy. Of course, I have been doing DNS since about 1995, so I understand it the concepts.

Migration would normally be take the information you currently have, and make the same entries in the new service, and then tell your name registrar to use the new servers.

http://www.dnsmadeeasy.com/support/
operationsITAuthor Commented:
@kevinhsieh last question can you also do reverse DNS, txt and SFP?
Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
I've been using Cloudflare for a little over a year. Very easy to use & DNS can be imported from your existing DNS servers automatically during the sign up process.

The extra functionality is just a bonus.

Dan
gheistCommented:
Cloudflare can do AXFR if you let them (description is behind password, without paying)
They host most popular pieces of my website, some dozen gigs of public PDFs...
kevinhsiehCommented:
Yes, DNS Made Easy does SPF, TXT, reverse, IPv6, etc. They don't do DNSsec.
SteveCommented:
I've found EasyDNS to be very capable and can do everything you've asked for.

https://www.easydns.com/

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operationsITAuthor Commented:
@gheist - how long have you been using?  What do you like most/least about?

@kevinhsieh - you've been doing DNS for sometime have you used others and is this your go to?  For how long have you been using?  What do you like most/least about?

@Steve - How long have you been using EasyDNS?
kevinhsiehCommented:
DNS Made Easy for  about 7-8 years. Downside is that the credit card we use seems to keep expiring so I have to update it every year. There is some weirdness in their web UI where I think I can't edit records in Chrome but it works in IE. More reliable than GoDaddy. :)

We use their DNS Fail Over service, which was a driving requirement that led us to DNS Made Easy. Few others have a similar service. We use it to automatically switch DNS entries if our primary ISP is down, or if the primary server is down. In either case, DNS is automatically switched to a IP address on our backup network or a backup server. Works great. Updates seem to propagate about instantly.

http://www.dnsmadeeasy.com/services/dnsfailover/
SteveCommented:
I've used several nameserver providers and found them all very similar in most ways really.
Only went to easydns when one client had some specific requirements a few other nameserver providers couldn't provide. Used them a few times in the end as they were pretty good for the price.

Most of the big players provide the same services so they're all very similar at this level, but easydns has a refund policy if you're not happy which seems pretty confident.
operationsITAuthor Commented:
@kevinhsieh - is there added cost for the failover service?  I've begun contacting them for information too.

@Steve - what specific requirements out of curiosity and do they offer failover?

I have not heard back from any of the others recommended I've reached out to.  One other question is does NetworkSolutions host DNS?
Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
Yes, NetSol hosts DNS.

Dan
kevinhsiehCommented:
DNS failover is included in some plans, and additional in others. Incremental cost is like $5 per server per year. Pricing available at http://www.dnsmadeeasy.com/pricing/
gheistCommented:
Cloudflare has perfect resiliency FOR FREE.
operationsITAuthor Commented:
Great suggestions I'm working on getting more information on all of these.
I haven't gotten anything back from Cloudflare despite trying, but the other two look great.
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