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What is Anycast?

Anycast is a way to route network traffic that dramatically increases the speed and reliability of your data, application, and content delivery to your users. With anycast routing, one IP address becomes reachable at multiple geographic locations. The many benefits to using anycast routing include:

Faster Connections

Anycast enables user requests to be directed to the location closest to them geographically, minimizing round-trip time (RTT), decreasing the number of hops, and reducing latency.

Improved Reliability

Anycast utilizes redundant servers, making your service becomes much more available. If one location is down for any reason, users are sent automatically to the next closest location.

Load Balancing

Routing users to multiple locations effectively balances the load among the your servers, improving speed and performance.

DDoS Mitigation

Anycast reduces the impact of DDoS attacks (when a server is overloaded with requests and crashes). With anycast, requests are fulfilled by other locations during mitigation and recovery.

Speed matters in today’s digital marketplace. Make sure you are ready to deliver the uptime, performance, and reliability your customers demand. Leverage our global network of 32 world-class datacenters and over 2,500 peers to deploy a fast, flexible anycast solution today.

Anycast vs Unicast

One the the easiest ways to understand anycast routing is to compare it to the more commonly-used unicast routing.

Unicast to Multiple Locations

With unicast routing, all requests are directed to one point of presence, leaving your users frustrated when your servers at that location go down for any reason.

NetActuate Anycast Deployment

User requests are sent to the point of presence they are physically closest to. If one point fails, users are immediately sent to the next closest location.

For a more indepth comparison to help you decide what is best for your business, we invite you to download and read Anycast vs Unicast: What a Global Business Needs to Know.

Flexible Anycast Deployment Options

Bare Metal Servers

Deploy your anycast solution from our bare metal dedicated servers, or your own collocated equipment in our world-class datacenters.

NetActuate Cloud

We can deliver a custom anycast solution for you on our secure, reliable, cloud infrastructure.

Cloud Providers

We can deploy anycast with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Rackspace and other major cloud providers.

Hybrid Deployment

We can seamlessly integrate our anycast services into existing infrastructure in your datacenter.

All the Anycast Networks Your Business Needs

Often businesses have a need for multiple anycast networks for redundancy, disaster recovery, or to separately distribute products and services from different IPs. With NetActuate, you can use any of our 32 locations to create multiple networks that cover similar geographic regions, but utilize different connectivity providers, hardware, and datacenters. We can bundle multiple points of presence together for your business to create anycast groups. Our anycast groups allow you to work with just one provider, and still receive the redundancy and connectivity options you would normally have to contract with multiple providers for.

Partner with the Best

At NetActuate, we live and breathe anycast to bring you the fastest, most reliable service – available in 32 locations worldwide. 

Built for Performance

We utilize only the fastest, most reliable network providers to deliver your anycast solution. We also offer the ability to deploy multiple anycast networks, built with separate providers, locations, and infrastructure.

Ready for Tomorrow

We are continually upgrading our infrastructure and strategically adding new locations so we will be ready to meet the global anycast demands of tomorrow’s marketplace

Continual Optimization

Our engineers are constantly optimizing our network for speed and reliability. We keep your service free from sinkholes, routing loops, and other issues that lead to slow performance and downtime.

Networking Expertise

With access to major internet exchanges and Tier 1 backbone, we will plan and build a custom anycast solution that delivers – no matter what equipment or providers you are using.