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New Location for Route 53 and CloudFront + Route 53 Tool Roundup + Jobs

by Jeff Barr | on | in Amazon CloudFront, Route 53 |

We’ve just opened a new Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 location. The new location in Paris is our fifth in Europe and should result in even better performance and response time for users in that part of the world. You don’t have to make any changes to your application or your configuration to take advantage of this new location. You may want to take a look at my blog post on improving global application performance to learn more about a number of ways to fine-tune your application in light of a world-wide user base.

Developers all over the world have been building visual tools for Route 53. Here’s what I know about:

 
DNS30 – DNS30 is an online management interface for Route 53. After creating an account, you simply enter your AWS Access Key and Secret Key to get started. Free, and no credit card needed.
 
Interstate 53 – This is another free online management interface. You don’t need to create an account; you simply enter your keys to get started.
 
MyR53DNS – Again, free and no account needed; enter your keys and away you go. This is an open source tool and you can find the code here.
 
Ylastic – Ylastic’s AWS management tool can be accessed from a browser, an iPhone, or an Android device. There’s a free trial to get you started, and a monthly fee after that.
 
Route 53 Manager – A simple GUI for Route 53 implemented in Flask and Python, using the Boto library (below).
 
AmazonRoute53AppsScript – This script runs inside of a Google Docs Spreadsheet! It downloads the information in each zone to a tab; you can edit the information and then update it using the Route53 menu.
 

There are also a number of libraries and command-line tools. Again, here’s what I know about (if I missed the one that you wrote, let me know):

  • Boto is a Python library for AWS. It includes a Route 53 Class.
  • Route53D is a DNS frontend to Route 53. It uses Boto, and allows you to use standard DNS tools to make changes to your Route 53 zones. It supports slaving from a DNS master using IXFR (zone transfer) requests.
  • Fog is a cloud services library for Ruby. It supports Route 53 and several other DNS providers.
  • Dasein Cloud is an open source cloud toolkit for Java applications.
  • route53 provides Route 53 support for ColdFusion developers.
  • The bindtoroute53.py script converts an existing Bind file into an XML file that can be used to populate Route53.
  • cli53 is a command-line interface to Route 53. You can create, delete, edit, and list hosted zones. You can also import from and export to Bind files.

Here are some of the open positions on the Amazon CloudFront team:

– Jeff;