[Pdns-users] An important update on new PowerDNS Products

Ciro Iriarte cyruspy at gmail.com
Fri May 13 23:59:57 UTC 2016

Out of curiosity, how does this part of the platform work?:

Long term full query logging & rapid searching

   - Dimensioned at a trillion queries/day (1000 billion) on commodity
   hardware with long term retention
   - For security research, lawful intercept/data retention requirements,
   customer intelligence, quality assurance/diagnostics

Reporting is still on my ToDo. Any blog post pending about that? :)


2016-02-23 7:14 GMT-03:00 bert hubert <bert.hubert at powerdns.com>:

> Hi everybody,
> This is a heads-up on some announcements you will be seeing on
> powerdns.com <https://www.powerdns.com/> relating to new PowerDNS
> products which (gasp) are not fully Open Source. We know this is a
> sensitive subject, so before we go live, we want to inform you fully of
> what we are doing. We’d also like to hear & incorporate your feedback.
> *The tl;dr: PowerDNS will remain enthusiastically Open Source, but we will
> be selling a ready-to use ‘Platform’ of PowerDNS Open Source & other
> technologies, without degrading our current products. For details, please
> read on.*
> As you may know, PowerDNS sells support
> <https://www.powerdns.com/support-services-consulting.html> on the core
> nameserver technologies: PowerDNS Authoritative Server
> <https://www.powerdns.com/auth.html>, PowerDNS Recursor
> <https://www.powerdns.com/recursor.html> and dnsdist <http://dnsdist.org/>.
> And this is going well, well enough to fund four full-time developers &
> engineers <https://www.powerdns.com/opensource.html>. This delivers a lot
> of value to the Open Source world.
> Over the past few years, as part of our paid support, we have also been
> delivering custom PowerDNS configurations based on our open source
> products. Such configurations integrate with Graphite, Ansible, exabgp,
> bird, iptables and loads of other products to deliver features like
> parental control, configuration management, governmental/judicial
> blacklists, DoS protection of (legacy) nameservers, malware filtering,
> quarantining, NXDOMAIN redirection, “customer communications”, monitoring,
> user-experience graphing, audit trail of configuration changes,
> (management) reporting, webbased control, BGP/OSPF/VRRP failover,
> ‘production’ DNS64 etc etc.
> What we have also found is that many of our users
> <https://www.powerdns.com/users.html>(big hosters, large scale
> telecommunications service providers) need more from us than
> “/usr/sbin/pdns_recursor”. Although PowerDNS can easily be integrated with
> lots of things to deliver powerful functionalities and many of our users
> still love open source, they would prefer to get it packaged in a more
> ready to use way.
> *Putting it more strongly: we have learned that many organizations simply
> no longer have the time or desire to assemble all the technologies
> themselves around our Open Source products.*
> We will therefore be marketing the additional functionalities we have been
> delivering to our customers as a product tentatively called the “PowerDNS
> Platform”. I say tentatively because we want to inform you of this news
> first, even before we have settled on a name and updated our website with
> the new product.
> The “PowerDNS Platform” as we ship it consists of our core unmodified Open
> Source products, plus loads of other open source technologies, combined
> with a management shell that is not an Open Source product that we’ll in
> fact sell.
> Now, we understand this may be worrying some to some of you. Some formerly
> truly Open Source products like MySQL are going down a path where you can
> see their products turning into a sales pitch for the commercially licensed
> version. Some other Open Source nameservers have used their liberal
> licensing to sell ‘subscriber versions
> <https://www.isc.org/bind-subscription-2/>‘ of their software that have
> additional core functionalities. This might create doubt if the product in
> its Open Source version will retain the capabilities discerning users of
> open software demand.
> We would therefore like to clarify that we regard our core Open Source
> products as our crown jewels, jewels which only shine because we are an
> integral part of the DNS and PowerDNS Communities with whom we work
> together to create great software.*We will continue to make sure that our
> nameserver software is a viable and hopefully even the best choice for the
> Internet at large*. And in fact, there will not be “two versions” of the
> PowerDNS nameserver software: of the actual daemons there will be just one
> version – also because we would otherwise not get the advantages of scale
> we get from over 150000 deployments!
> Simultaneously, we hope that by bringing PowerDNS in a more integrated
> fashion will enable more companies to benefit from running Open Source &
> open standards based software. Because this is what deeply believe in –
> that the future of the world is open
> <http://venturebeat.com/2015/12/06/its-actually-open-source-software-thats-eating-the-world/>,
> and that software can simultaneously be good Open Source and also work
> well in a commercial environment
> <http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/09/the-money-in-open-source-software/>.
> Thank you for reading this to the end! We would like to hear your feedback
> and perhaps worries. Please contact me onbert.hubert at powerdns.com to let
> us know your thoughts and concerns.
> Bert
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Ciro Iriarte
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