No. Route in Route 53 refers to routing traffic, not an Interstate highway.

Amazon Route 53 is a globally distributed Domain Name Service (DNS). DNS is a web service designed to route end-users to applications. It translates a domain (e.g. www.molecularsciences.org) to an IP address.

Amazon Route 53 can be used to register domain names because it is also a registrar. It offers name servers that provide DNS functionality. Amazon offers over 100 edge locations, making the DNS service very fast, stable, and, reliable. It is compliant with IPv4 and IPv6. It is integrated with other AWS solutions. It support health checks.

Amazon Route 53 supports both public and private DNS zones. Public zones are available to the Internet. Private zones are only available from within a VPC.

Amazon Route 53 supports several different routing methods such as simple routing, geolocation routing, failover routing, weighted round robin routing, and latency based routing. Latency based routing pushed traffic to lower latency routes. Geolocation routing routes traffic to the nearest edge location. Failover routing automatically routes traffic from failed end points to other end points. Weighted round robin routing automatically distributes traffic between different end points.

Summary

In summary, Amazon Route 53 offers:

  • domain name registration
  • name servers offering DNS functionality
  • Very fast, reliable, and stable DNS functionality with over 100 edge locations
  • public and private DNS zones
  • IPv4 and IPv6 support
  • Integration with other AWS solutions
  • many different routing methods

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