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Akamai’s job is to speed up the web, but as more companies use alternative DNS services, that can be difficult. So it’s signed a deal with OpenDNS to get content to people faster.

Content delivery network Akamai is still attempting to speed up the web and it has teamed up with OpenDNS to add optimized DNS routing to its arsenal of services. For customers using OpenDNS, content hosted on Akamai’s servers will arrive faster — as much as four times fast in some cases. This is similar to the deal OpenDNS signed in 2011 with Google.

Akamai signed this deal in January and now is announcing that it has implemented it in all of its locations. The partnership is based on a standard that attaches location data to a DNS request so a user’s request for content goes to server nearby. Typically, a CDN or content provider routes a user based on the address of the DNS server, as opposed to the user’s location, but they aren’t always in the same region, especially as more businesses choose alternative DNS providers such as OpenDNS, Dyn, Google’s service and others.

So now a user in Austin, Texas who types in the URL for a YouTube video will share part of his IP address as part of the DNS request. That way, the domain name system server can route the request to a Google data center in Dallas, as opposed to one in Ireland. This can substantially speed up access to content, which is what people hire Akamai for in the first place.