cPanel Expands Its DNS Cluster Functionality

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – cPanel, Inc. officially began extending its core DNS (Domain Name System) Cluster functionality by integrating with two major Partner NOCs, SoftLayer and UK2Group (under the brand VPS.NET).

On the Internet, the DNS system translates IP addresses into domain names (like,, or VPS.NET). But the process of turning web servers into centralized DNS servers can challenge many first-time server owners.

Fortunately, both SoftLayer and VPS.NET offer hosted DNS solutions that are geographically diverse, scalable, secure, and free of charge to their clients.

cPanel & WHM 11.30 includes new functionality and integration efforts that allows server owners to easily use the SoftLayer and VPS.NET hosted DNS systems, right from within the WHM interface.

cPanel’s newly extended DNS Cluster system provides server owners with the ability to enable DNS, obtain a secure API key, and use SoftLayer and VPS.NET hosted DNS services in just minutes.

cPanel CEO, Nick Koston, said that cPanel was able to rapidly develop this key piece of software once all the pieces were available from SoftLayer and UK2Group, and cPanel is looking forward to offering integration possibilities to other cPanel partners in the near future.

“We are very excited to be able to integrate and extend functionality with our Partner NOCs’ DNS services and other third-party DNS services,” Koston said.

The open architecture of the extended DNS Cluster functionality provides hosted DNS providers with a streamlined process of handling integrations with cPanel & WHM. Future integrators will be able to use SoftLayer and VPS.NET as models to learn methods for offloading DNS traffic and services from their local servers to any hosted DNS provider.

About SoftLayer Technologies

Headquartered in Dallas, SoftLayer is the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, and the largest private hosting company in the world. SoftLayer provides cloud, dedicated, and seamlessly integrated computing environments, with world-class data centers in Dallas, Houston, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C., with network Points of Presence nationwide. The company integrates and automates all elements of its platform, empowering enterprises of any size with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management via a leading Customer Portal and Open API. For more information, please visit or call 866.398.7638.


Founded in 1998, is one of the biggest web hosting companies in the UK, providing everything from domain name registration, web hosting packages, cloud VPSs, e-commerce packages as well as reseller & E-mail exchange hosting. They are part of the world-renown UK2 GROUP that represents a family of 13 hosting brands (, WestHost, midPhase, Autica,,, AN Hosting,, WingSix, Dotable, Supreme Support,, and their most recent addition VPS.NET) both in the UK and USA, giving them a completely global presence. For more information, please visit:

About cPanel, Inc.

Since 1997, cPanel has been a leading innovator and developer of control panel software for the web hosting industry. Headquartered in Houston, TX, cPanel builds software that allows web host professionals to transform standalone servers into fully automated point-and-click web hosting platforms. cPanel licensed software allows owners of servers and websites, along with resellers and developers, the ability to optimize their technical resources and replace tedious shell-oriented tasks with dynamic, intuitive web-based interfaces. For more information, please visit: