The Geo backend can be used to distribute queries globally using an IP-address/country mapping table, several of which are freely available online or can be acquired for a small fee.
This allows visitors to be sent to a server close to them, with no appreciable delay, as would otherwise be incurred with a protocol level redirect. Additionally, the Geo backend can be used to provide service over several clusters, any of which can be taken out of use easily, for example for maintenance purposes.
The Geo backend is in wide use, for example by the Wikimedia foundation, which uses it to power the Wikipedia global load balancing.
This tutorial has been tested on Debian 7.x (wheezy).
1. Install PowerDNS server and the Geo backend
apt-get install pdns-server pdns-backend-geo Continue reading