The team here has been hard at work over the past few months getting a new datacenter set up, and I’m happy to report that as of today, our Singpore datacenter is online and serving production OpenDNS traffic. The Singapore server marks our 12th datacenter globally and the first of a number planned for Asia.

One of the benefits of OpenDNS is that we use a technique called Anycast routing in how we run our network. Anycast means that no matter where you are in the world, your DNS requests route through our closest datacenter. And when we do maintenance that requires us to take a site offline, our routing topology ensures you will route to our next closest datacenter. It also means that when we bring up a new datacenter that is closer to you, your DNS requests will automatically start routing to it. So for the bulk of our users in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, India and throughout Asia, this new Singapore datacenter promises an even faster Internet.

And here’s a photo of what our installation looks like as it was being racked:

OpenDNS Singapore

This Singapore datacenter is only the start. We’re planning on adding a new datacenter in Frankfurt, Germany in early 2011. After that, the plan is to continue expanding our footprint from there. As always, you can take a look at our global system status on our Systems page.

PS — Internet routing is not a perfect science and requires a lot of work to get right. If you are in Asia and a traceroute doesn’t show you talking to Singapore for DNS we want to know! Please send a traceroute from your computer to to our support department so we can see which networks in Asia aren’t seeing our new routes.

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