Bunny.net DNS opinions
I learned about Bunny.net DNS services in this thread: https://lowendtalk.com/discussion/184054/what-dns-provider-do-you-use
Looks like a good product, with a good interface, very good features, but I can't find any real reviews about specifically the DNS service. It's also not listed on DNSperf, so I can't figure out how it compares to the big players. Plus it also seems like it's still in the "Preview" stage of development.
The pricing is good though, and the rest of Bunny.net has pretty good reviews.
20 million queries for free, reasonable prices after that. Worth checking out.
Any opinions about it? How does it compare to the normal contenders? Is it production worthy?
P.S. One thing I noticed is that the "bunny" marketing motif is all over the place -- too much for my taste -- including the names of the DNS servers themselves. But if the service is great, I'd still be willing to use it.
I love it - you can point your own ns1 & ns2 to their IPs and use your own virtual nameserver addresses.
Cool, thank you -- have you had any reliability issues? Any weird bugs?
I like it and have been using it since the beta with no issues, for a few months now.
The only strange occurrence was their support saying they would not support wildcard MX because "they shouldn't be used in the real world" and that they don't intend to support them. But they seem to work fine now.
The DNS Scripts, like serverless functions for returning DNS Records, are sorta interesting too. But they only support returning a few record types so far like a/aaaa/cname/txt, so a bit limited.
They've got some other cool features normally gated behind paywalls like full query logs and custom nameservers. Not bad pricing either.
Thanks, @RealChaika and @Dean -- I'm going to play around with it and see what happens. I'm nervous about putting anything critical on it yet, but the features/price seem really good, appreciate your feedback.
Maybe over time I'll get more confidence with it. I don't like putting anything important on something that's still labeled "Preview" (at least that's how it's labeled in my control panel right now). But the company has a good reputation so... it's worth testing.
has worked without issue for the past 6 months for my admittedly basic needs (about 50 records on a single domain).
I like using bunny dns, because it's integrated with bunnycdn, so we can activate full site acceleration, similar to cloudflare proxied
They do a really good job with their DNS service. I have been using them for Geo-location of a couple of web sites since the beta.
Still no DNSSEC support
Really? Now thats a dealbreaker.
I know right
2023 DNS and no DNSSEC. Like wtf?
even he.net doesnt support on master servers.
jesus boomer, check your own shit before shitting on another provider.
I've been testing it out the last few days (thanks for all your thoughts!) and so far I like it. I'm not a fan of the goofy DNS server names (kiki.bunny.net!) but the service seems good so far -- quick, nice interface, lots of great features (except DNSSEC which has been pointed out), useful analytics, and it even has a ping/http check on your site included for free if I understand correctly, which is cool. I'm only a few days in, but it's a good start. Also, customer support has been responsive and nice.
The billing goes something like this, from what I understand: basically to use their services in general, after any free trial time period, you have a minimum monthly $1 maintenance fee if you don't already consume $1 of resources. But then after that, for the DNS, it's unlimited zones with 20 million "standard" queries free. Then $0.1/million after that. Smart queries cost more. So that's pretty generous IMO for a high-performance anycast DDoS-protected DNS service with tons of features.
I don't have long-term experience with them yet (obviously), and I'm still cautious about the "preview status" of the DNS service, and I'd like to see DNSSEC added ASAP. So I don't think I'll use it for production yet, but I will keep a few lower-importance domains there for a while to see how they go over time, and then maybe if my confidence increases I'll throw in a production domain.
But yeah, this is a neat service, and I want to thank everyone again for their feedback. I'm still searching for other services, and ran across Zonomi DNS and LuaDNS too ( https://lowendtalk.com/discussion/184203/zonomi-dns-and-luadns-opinions ) and will be exploring some other services as well (besides the big players) until I get the combination of services I need. But Bunny.net is definitely a good option, but I'm not quite on board for production-level DNS with them yet.
@jlet88 try desec.io too. normal dns with no smart stuff, but works great.
Yes, thank you! I will. I have a short list of DNS providers to try out that I've never used before and desec.io is on it. I haven't gotten to it yet since I'm looking at global and/or anycast networks first... BUT since you brought it up, I just looked at the site again now and I can see I missed that! Looks like desec is indeed anycast, so I'll bump it up the list to check out! Thank you!
Can you post the list? Would be really ehlpful
Sure, the following are the DNS providers on my current short list, some of which I already knew about and even some I have technically used before (a long time ago, so it's not "fresh info"), and most are totally new to me. I'm doing a big personal evaluation of all of them over the next few weeks. They all look interesting to me for one reason or another. Your personal list might be very different than mine.
The main thing for me is that I decided to move all remaining domains away from using my registrars and/or hosting providers as DNS providers and look for replacements for pretty much ALL my DNS. I plan to consolidate around no more than a few of the following DNS providers.
BTW, I am not a fan of Cloudflare AT ALL. Long story, different discussion, but I am not interested in Cloudflare any more. Also, I want to separate out DNS from registrar, and as you know, Cloudlflare sucks you into their massive ecosystem and that's that. So Cloudflare is a big obvious one not on my list.
So here's my current list (not necessarily in any order):
1984 (free, but also paid support versions)
Exoscale (which uses DNSimple to some degree, I can't tell how intertwined their DNS is yet)
afraid.org aka "FreeDNS"
I've looked at a lot of other services, and ruled them out for various personal reasons, or just good ol' price. For example, Digicert's DNS Made Easy is more $$$ than I want to spend. But it is definitely a good service. Just not for me. Likewise for Neustar's UltraDNS, nothing against them but also not for me.
The ones above kind of hit a sweet spot for me, just a matter of drilling down through them and deciding what is most important to me. If I can't select from the list above, there's something wrong with me.
I have been using BunnyDNS for ~6 months. No issue.
Could it be used on WordPress sites or static sites only?
Good question, I'm curious too, if someone has tried it. I have NOT tried the cdn integration. Just using Bunny.net for purely DNS right now myself. I want to keep DNS separate.
It can be used on WordPress, I use bunny full site acceleration for several wordpress sites. We have to turn off perma-cache on the accelerated CDN zone. Perma-Cache is disabled by default.
Generally perma-cache shouldn't be used in full-site page acceleration scenarios, since it doesn't deal with dynamic content.