This topic describes Alibaba Cloud Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers. Alibaba Cloud provides internal and public NTP servers to synchronize the local time of Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances in networks.
Internal and public NTP servers
NTP is used to synchronize computer time in a network.
The consistency of time and time zones in ECS is crucial because it can affect task execution results. For example, when you update a database or analyze logs, the time sequence significantly impacts the results. When you run business on ECS instances, you must standardize the time zones of all involved instances to prevent issues such as logical confusions and network request errors. You can use NTP servers to synchronize the local time of all your ECS instances in a network.
ECS provides high-precision NTP servers for your use. The
ntp.cloud.aliyuncs.com server offers a distributed NTP service that uses Stratum 1 servers. Stratum 1 servers
are suitable for industries such as finance, communication, scientific research, and
astronomy that require precise timing. The NTP service is also used to synchronize
the local time between ECS instances and other cloud services. The following table
describes the domain names of Alibaba Cloud NTP servers in various networks. These
domain names support only IPv4.
|Classic network (internal network)||Virtual private cloud (VPC) (internal network)||Internet|
Other public services
The following table describes other public services provided by Alibaba Cloud.
|Public Domain Name System (DNS): 126.96.36.199/188.8.131.52||Domain name:
|Website of public images:
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