Netreo Announces Release of Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Management within Its IT Infrastructure Platform

Netreo | July 23, 2020

Netreo, the award-winning platform for IT infrastructure monitoring and management leveraging AIOps, today announced the release of its Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) monitoring and management functionality. This new functionality within the Netreo platform will deliver container performance monitoring, optimization of container health, and container cost control. Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is a managed container orchestration service, based on the open source Kubernetes system, which is available on the Microsoft Azure public cloud. An organization can use AKS to deploy, scale and manage Docker containers and container-based applications across a cluster of container hosts.

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Most organizations view the Domain Name System (DNS) simply as a service that maps fully-qualified domain names to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. DNS does allow for easier human-readable names (e.g. www.example.org) to be typed into a web browser, and allows a web connection to be made to the IP address (e.g.192.168.234.123). However, DNS provides more functionality than just mapping names to numbers. DNS is the crucial underlying system that we all rely on for all digital communications.

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Most organizations view the Domain Name System (DNS) simply as a service that maps fully-qualified domain names to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. DNS does allow for easier human-readable names (e.g. www.example.org) to be typed into a web browser, and allows a web connection to be made to the IP address (e.g.192.168.234.123). However, DNS provides more functionality than just mapping names to numbers. DNS is the crucial underlying system that we all rely on for all digital communications.

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