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Route 53 is a scalable Domain Name System (DNS) web service. It provides secure and reliable routing to your infrastructure that uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) products, such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Elastic Load Balancing, or Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). You can also use Route 53 to route users to your infrastructure outside of AWS.
Route 53 is an authoritative DNS service, meaning it translates friendly domains names like www.example.com into IP addresses like 192.0.2.1. Route 53 responds to DNS queries using a global network of authoritative DNS servers, which reduces latency. For a list of the locations of Route 53 DNS servers, see The Amazon Route 53 Global Network on the Amazon Route 53 detail page.
You can manage your DNS records through the Route 53 console or the Route 53 API, or set account-level user and access management through the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) API.
See the following topics for more information about how Route 53 works.