DO Ideas 2

Anycast

There is no VPS provider that has a decent product supporting anycast. It would be great if you did.

This way, I could have servers in multiple locations with the same public IP address. Users are likely to get routed to the closest.

  • Anonymous
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • Wayne commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    I realize the comments below are older, but for others looking, buyvm.net does offer single anycast ip addresses. The catch is must have at least 1 vps in each data center of which they have 3 locations (but that is kind of the point anycast in the first place). I can't speak to their reliability etc, though. I have not used them yet.

  • Wayne commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    I would love to see this feature. VULTR is offering anycast, but they require you to lease your on /24 block. That is well beyond our means. but would love to have a small block or even just a couple any-cast IP addresses to setup a fault tolerant DNS and hosting system.

  • Jeff Walter commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    @Bob James: FranTech offers anycast and I'm sure they are the only ones.

  • Jeff Walter commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    Throwing part of my support ticket in here:

    From a technical standpoint it wouldn't be all that difficult. Digital Ocean would annouce anycast blocks at all locations and allocate single addresses to accounts. Then customers would bind addresses to specific sets of Droplets. It would require having at least one Droplet bound in every location, but hey, that's just anycast.

  • Bob James commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    I just requested over at VULTR and they said no.

    They said :"Basically, you'd need a /24 subnet at minimum, which we do not provide"

    WHO HAS ANYCAST???

  • Bob James commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    Please name ANY provider that supports it

  • Kevin Steger commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    Private network support too. E.g. an auto-haproxy to connect to the latency based "closest" server.

  • Jonathon commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    +3... -2. I had originally set 3 votes for this, but decided to go down to 1. AWS's Route 53 offers what they call "Latency Based Routing". You can use this feature with any ip address (including non-AWS machines) without spending a lot of money. Even though it would be cool if DO had this, I'd rather they invested in features that didn't have third-party solutions like local IP support in all of their DC's, which is something that almost every other cloud hosting provider offers.

  • MS commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    +1

  • Nick Walke commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    I think this would be incredibly difficult to implement, but if DO did it, they certainly would have a leg up over everyone else.

  • Robert commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    +1

  • Parham commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    yep!

  • Thijs Cadier commented
    September 11, 2018 19:08

    +1 this would be very very awesome.