Google and OpenDNS have announced a joint project to boost up internet speeds. Their initiative, the Global Internet Speedup, will help the content delivery networks (CDN) to take more intelligent routing decisions. This will result a faster loading time for the end users.
Global Internet Speedup
Normally, the content delivery networks direct user requests to the closest web server using information like the location of their DNS server. This does not include their physical location information. But, the technology of Global Internet Speedup works in a different manner which can be explained as, “If you’re using OpenDNS or Google Public DNS and visiting a website or using a service provided by one of the participating networks or CDNs in the Global Internet Speedup then a truncated version of your IP address will be added into the DNS request. The Internet service or CDN will use this truncated IP address to make a more informed decision in how it responds so that you can be connected to the most optimal server.”.
Hence, the CDNs can have better routing decision capabilities. Regarding the user privacy concerns, it uses truncated version of IP address of incoming requests. So the DNS server will expose only general location information of users to the CDN. Many companies like Google, Bitgravity, CDNetworks, DNS.com and Edgecast have already implemented it for their users.