MX records have fail overs - why not any others?

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  1. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Is there a really good reason behind this? Why did people think we needed fail over records for email, but not web traffic?
     
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    back when DNS standards were being written an IP handled only 1 site, and sites wern't exactly the powerful things they are today.... and traffic was much less. However, mail servers still would handle quite a load and for many users. Also consider the importance of the two, at the time. Dynamic content was unheard of... So the www was more of a "convenience" thing to access information easily.

    They did allow for round-robin on A/host records.
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    But no way to take advantage of that with public DNS servers right? Are we being held back by an outdated standard?
     
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    all major DNS servers allow round-robin entries. This includes Microsoft DNS Server and BIND.
     

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