Masked DNS protected application reference architecture

The Masked DNS protected application Access Gateway architecture is the first step in isolating a protected web resource from the external internal.
In this architecture the protected web resource internal URL and the external URL are served by different DNS, effectively hiding or masking the actually application URL. In addition, the internal DNS server is isolated from the external web. Application users, in both the internal and external cases, use the same URL, which is directed to Access Gateway. The protected web application is then 'masked' in that only Access Gateway accesses the protected web application by its internal, or 'masked' DNS name.

Benefits and drawbacks

Benefits Drawbacks
  • Simple
  • Internal application URL not resolvable externally
  • Protected web resource reachable from the external internet and internal network by name or IP
  • Requires secondary (internal) DNS server


Note that while hidden or masked, the protected web resource is still accessible by name or IP, from both the internal and external networks, if the masked DNS name or IP address is known.



Component Description
External internet External URL External URL used by clients to access Access Gateway on behalf of the protected web resource.
DNS DNS server providing DNS resolution for external URL.
DMZ Access Gateway Access Gateway cluster, located in the DMZ, uses multiple DNS servers to resolve internal and external URLs.
Internal network

Internal DNS and URL

Internal DNS server serving internal URL representing protected web resource in Access Gateway.

Load Balancer

Internal load balancer. In some situations it may be possible to substitute Access Gateway as a load balancer.

Application Protected web resource (application)