Fastly acquires API provider Domainr

The edge cloud platform provider Fastly has announced it has acquired API provider Domainr.

Domainr’s real-time domain availability API will integrate into Fastly services and infrastructure. The API company has  access to domain registries, and is able to instantly check if a domain is available, with no false positives. The API also helps customers monitor critical domains and uncover at-risk domains before they change hands.

The company also helps developers brainstorm for ideation and creation of app and business names with its instant search and context-aware suggestion capability, which highlights if relevant and available top-level domains even if the .com is taken.

Fastly has also revealed it has made its publicly-trusted TLS Certification Authority (CA) Certainly generally available. Certainly gives users the option to create and manage certificates issued by Certainly to secure any website or application programming interface (API) endpoint served by Fastly. According to the company, Certainly achieves a higher level of security by reducing the time in which a compromised certificate is usable. Certainly also simplifies management of certificates and renewals, even for hundreds of thousands of domains.

“Through the availability of Certainly and the acquisition of Domainr, we are continuing to empower our customers to own and control what they create, and how they create it – all backed by the most trusted and reliable domain availability and TLS experience possible,” said Fastly CEO Todd Nightingale. “By offering these fundamental building blocks alongside our industry-leading content delivery network, Compute@Edge, and beyond, Fastly is proud to be an engine for the best builders and the best platforms on the internet.”

“Domains are one of the primary foundations for trust and identity on the internet, but they have often been complex or inaccessible to work with. Domainr is truly unique, and this small acquisition sets the stage for Fastly to innovate in making it faster, safer and easier for everyone to build on the power of domains,” said Anil Dash, head of glitch and vice president of developer experience at Fastly. “Just as Fastly’s security products look at the entire internet as a whole to anticipate and prevent attacks, Domainr’s API and unique view of the domain name ecosystem will enable new ways of preventing risks around domains in the future. Added together, Certainly and Domainr are great examples of how Fastly is working to make the entire internet better for all users, at every layer of its infrastructure.”

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