IcingaConf 2020 now in June

The Icinga team is dedicated to all that’s going on in the world of observability, automation and monitoring culture. So are you? Meet the Icinga members in Amsterdam!

New date

Please note, that the date of the conference changed. Icinga announces that due to various scheduling conflicts which could not be foreseen, they had to adjust details during the planing phase and move the IcingaConf 2020 to a new date. The new date for IcingaConf 2020 is: June 23 – 25, 2020

What you will get

IcingaConf is a platform where monitoring enthusiasts come together to exchange views about the latest and greatest monitoring trends. Talks focus on Icinga and the surrounding Open Source monitoring ecosystem, newest technologies and best practices. The event starts with two workshopsIcinga Essentials and Icinga Director – on June 23, followed by the main conference on June 24 and 25, 2020.

Get to know the community

Besides all technical deep-dives IcingaConf is your chance to get to know the monitoring community and chat about your ideas and work in a relaxed atmosphere. Be part and learn about different approaches, experiences and challenges. Enjoy the spirit of sharing stories and keeping each other up to date on the most advanced and promising innovations.

Tickets and Proposals

There are only a few Early Bird Tickets left. Don’t wait too long! Register now! Also note that the Call for Proposals is still open. This is your chance to share your insights into enterprise use of Icinga, best practices for large-scale monitoring or to present your preferred DevOps toolchain.

Early Bird Tickets, proposals and more at icingaconf.com

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Senior Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

Get your Early Bird Tickets for IcingaConf

We are very proud to be Platinum Sponsor for the very first IcingaConf taking place in Amsterdam this June! The three-day event, hosted by our partner Icinga, includes two days of presentations focusing on Icinga and the surrounding Open Source monitoring ecosystem, as well as a workshop day.

Enjoy the spirit of sharing stories and keeping each other up to date about observability, automation and monitoring culture. Get to know the newest innovations and best practices from the experts. And polish your Icinga skills in one of the workshops.

Conference plus Workshop

Early Bird Tickets for IcingaConf are still available. Don’t wait too long: Get your tickets now!

Prior to two days full of inspiring lectures on June 24 – 25, a workshop day will take place on June 23. Experienced instructors will take you by the hand and guide you through the world of monitoring.

Get to know our super nice NETWAYS colleague, Icinga consultant Thilo Wening. His Icinga Essentials Workshop will guide you through your first steps with Icinga so you can use the tool as efficiently as possible. Thilo has many years of experience with Icinga. Consulting large enterprises and conducting training sessions is part of his daily business.

Thomas Gelf is the main developer of the Icinga Director at Icinga, and Icinga consultant for NETWAYS. Hello lovely colleague no. 2! At NETWAYS we call him “Mr. Director”. Thomas knows exactly how to tweak Director with diverse requirements. Join the Icinga Director Workshop, ask your most urgent questions and thrive!

Training class attendance requires the purchase of an IcingaConf + Workshop ticket. To promote a comprehensive training success, the number of participants is limited. Register now and save your seat!

IcingaConf Speaker Line-Up

The organizers recently announced the speaker line-up for IcingaConf 2020 of which I want to present you a small selection to give you a brief impression of what you can expect:

From the Server Room to the Dev Team

Marina Malaguti is the Director of Data Science & Engineering at Jellyvision, one of the fastest-growing and most successful companies in Chicago.  In the last 10 years of her career, she has identified three team patterns or topologies as being the most commonly used for DevOps teams and Devs. Find out which ones and learn more from the fierce technology leader with a keen eye for problem-solving at IcingaConf.

Find out more about Marina & her talk: To the Dev Team!

Behind the Curtain: The Anatomy of a Real Major Incident

Failures are inevitable. But when they occur, our goal should be to resolve them as quickly and efficiently as possible. The PagerDuty Community has developed an most effective, open-source DevOps approach to Incident Response. George Miranda, Community Advocate at PagerDuty, infrastructure engineer, book author, and former EMT & First Responder knows some gritty details about crisis situations and of course effective incident management.

Find out more about George & his talk: Peek behind the curtain!

No DevOps without Open Source Monitoring

Kris Buytaert is a long time Linux and Open Source Consultant. He’s one of the instigators of the devops movement, currently working for Inuits. 10 years ago they started the #devopsdays leading up to the global use of the term DevOps. Kris talk will illustrate the thriving force that Open Source Monitoring plays for the #devops movement. May contain Icinga, Graphite, Prometheus and friends.

Find out more about Kris & his talk: Thriving #DevOps!

Join us in Amsterdam!

IcingaConf takes place June 23 – 25, 2020 in Amsterdam. Meet us there! Find out more about IcingaConf at icingaconf.com.

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Senior Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

Monthly Snap June

June kept everyone busy with and excited about the Open Source Data Conference in Berlin. Eleven days before OSDC Keya started the „OSDC 2018 Countdown“. Second week of June the NETWAYS headquarter in Nuremberg was quite quiet. Everyone flew off to Berlin. Everyone? Well, not entirely… One small group of NETWAY-ers kept the NETWAYS flag flying in Nuremberg. Thankfully they had sent a great conference reporter out: Every evening Dirk summed up what had happened in „The Future of Open Source Data Center Solutions – OSDC 2018 – Day 1“ and „… 2“. He also wrote about the „Open Source Camp Issue #1“ . OSCamp will give Open Source projects a platform to present themselves to the Community. This year it started with Foreman and Graylog.
Berlin Events are over for this year, but other great events cast their shadows ahead: „Now is the time to register“ for the upcoming Open Source Monitoring Conference. OSMC takes place in Nuremberg, November 5 to 8.
There is this German saying: „Alles neu macht der Mai“ – for NETWAYS it was June: For OSMC we have created new presentations formats, learn more in „OSMC 2018: Choose what suits you!” And: Julia is new. She just started this month as Marketing Manager and introduced herself in our blogseries „NETWAYS stellt sich vor“. Also new: We have published a „Ceph Training “, as Tim is happy to announce.
At times of DSVGO for Christoph it’s time to reconsider data protection of monitoring servers. In „Einfaches verschlüsseltes Backup“ he explains how one can use GPG to encrypt an icinga2 backup. Nicole shared her thoughts on the „Microsoft and GitHub – merge conflict?“ and recommends to get your own GitLab instance, whereas Michael explains „Continuous Integration with Golang and GitLab“. „Wie überwache ich eine Cluster-Applikation in Icinga 2?“, asked Daniel being at a customer – solving the problem with a little help from his friends. Eric explains „Filter for Multiple Group Memberships in SQL“, that will become even more powerful with the upcoming Icinga Web 2 release. In „Fresh from the shelfDavid reports about command-lines with Ranger, Progress and fzf, and Dirk inspired the Open Source Community about „Contributing as a Non-Developer“. One month, so much going on… Stay tuned!

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Senior Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

OSMC 2018 – NOW is the time to register

OSMC 2018 | The Leading Event on Open Source Monitoring | Nov 05 – 08 Nuremberg
You are working on a new feature for Open Source Monitoring?
You found a genius way to solve a problem?
Best practice is your daily practice?
Share your knowledge and experiences with the community! DO IT NOW: Register as a speaker for OSMC!
The Open Source Monitoring Conference – short OSMC – is THE annual meeting of international open source enthusiasts in Nuremberg. The conference will be held in English and German. Presentations in English are particularly welcome. Speakers can choose between two possible formats: The long lecture that takes around 50-55 minutes and the short one, limited to 20 minutes. Talks can be submitted until June 30, 2018.
Besides the Presentations on Nov 06 & 07, the event comprises a day of technical Workshops on “Prometheus”, “Ansible”, “Icinga 2 / Puppet” and “Graylog” on Nov 05 and the Hackathon directly following the lecture program, on Nov 08.
OSMC takes place in Nuremberg, Nov 05 – Nov 08. Until June 30, 2018  you also have the chance to grab one of our Early Bird Tickets to be one of the more than 250 Open Source Lovers that attend the event. For further informations visit osmc.de.

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Senior Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

Open Source Backup Conference – Call for Papers

osbconf_sidebar_cfp_200x130The Open Source Backup Conference started it‘s Call for Papers. Interested speakers are invited to submit their proposals via the official event website. Papers will be accepted until June 5th.
The Open Source Backup Conference will take place on September 26 and 27, in Cologne, Germany. The event rates as Europe-wide leading for open source data backup solutions. The two day, English-language summit is dedicated to open source backup software such as REAR, Bacula, Amanda and especially Bareos. The OSBConference is hosted by dass IT and open source specialist NETWAYS.
International IT experts and decision-makers from various industries – such as science and research, education, software development and service providers, media or telecommunication – take this ideal opportunity to exchange experiences and get into in-depth discussions about best practices and the latest know-how in the field of open source backup solutions. In addition to the varied lecture program three hands-on workshops are offered: Bareos Introduction, Monitoring with Icinga 2 and REAR. The workshops will take place on September 26, from 2 am to 6 am.
Early bird tickets will be available until June 5th. For further information about the conference visit osbconf.org.

Pamela Drescher
Pamela Drescher
Head of Marketing

Pamela hat im Dezember 2015 das Marketing bei NETWAYS übernommen. Sie ist für die Corporate Identity unserer Veranstaltungen sowie von NETWAYS insgesamt verantwortlich. Die enge Zusammenarbeit mit Events ergibt sich aus dem Umstand heraus, dass sie vor ein paar Jahren mit Markus zusammen die Eventsabteilung geleitet hat und diese äußerst vorzügliche Zusammenarbeit nun auch die Bereiche Events und Marketing noch enger verknüpft. Privat ist sie Anführerin einer vier Mitglieder starken Katzenhorde, was ihr den absolut...

OSB Conf and OSMC: Call for Papers and Early Bird are running!

Dear Readers,
time is running and it’s running so fast, that we have to remind you of two Call for Papers and Early Birds already! Open Source Backup Conference and Open Source Monitoring Conference are waiting for you to join them as speakers. And both are providing discounted tickets for early attendee registrations.
But let’s take one thing at a time!
Open Source Backup Conference on Bareos (OSB Conf)
Call for Papers: until June 6th 2015
Early Bird: until June 6th 2015
This conference is of course all about the important things you need to know, if you like to play it save. The Open Source Backup Conference on Bareos (former known as “Bacula Conference”) annually offers a whole lot of presentations about Open Source Backup (as you might have already guessed). Of course you can also meet nice people there who share your passion for a nice and well done backup.
The English speaking conference will take place in Cologne from September 29th to 30th and is organized by us and our wonderful partner dassIT.
If you like to apply as a speaker, this is the place you are looking for.
If you are more interested in taking part as an attendee, you have to register here.
Open Source Monitoring Conference (OSMC)
Call for Papers: until June 30th 2015
Early Bird: until June 30th 2015
Of course you already know one of the most beautiful conferences about open source monitoring! If not, you just have to visit us in Nuremberg for this year’s celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Open Source Monitoring conference!
Every year we welcome guests from all over the world to give them two fully packed days of interesting talks about one of our favorite topics: Open Source Monitoring Software – especially Icinga! On top of that, we offer workshops as an add-on. This year, we will also provide participation in a Hackathon for the very first time. So you can stretch your visit in our hometown from November 16th to 19th, if you like to.
If you like to apply as a speaker, this is the place you are looking for.
If you are more interested in taking part as an attendee, you have to register here.

Weekly Snap: Linux Magazine Academy & Linux Tag, Nagios Training & OSMC + Icinga 1.4

9 – 13 May offered many an opportunity to discuss and learn in a : from Nagios training and the OSMC to the Linux Magazine Academy and Linux Tag, all topped off with a Icinga 1.4 birthday release.
Manuela called out to interested speakers for the Open Source Monitoring Conference (OSMC) 2011. In its 6th year running, the event on 29 – 30 November covers every aspect of monitoring in the open source world, with a special focus on Nagios. The ‘Call for Papers‘ is now open till 30 July, and all are welcome to offer their presentation or workshop ideas. In addition, 3 intensive workshops are already planned for the conference eve on “Nagios SLA Reporting with Jasper Reports”, “Configurations Management for Nagios & Icinga with Puppet” and “Kick-start Icinga”. These optional courses come at a special “conference + workshop” package rate of €1,439 and are limited to 10 attendees per class. So register quick to secure a place and benefit from the early bird special till 15 August 2011.
With specials in mind, she also recommended Linux Magazine Acadamy’s online training courses on LPIC, Nagios, OpenOffice and WordPress to name a few. All registrations made by 15 May receive a discount of up to 75%, for example a good beginner’s course on Nagios is now just €299 from its usual price of €379.
On the topic of training, Rebecca reminded us that NETWAYS’ own beginner Nagios course on 7-10 June in Nuremberg is running out of places fast. Four, all inclusive packages at €2,290 are still available.
She went on to wish the 2 year old Icinga a happy birthday, and congratulated them on their release of version 1.4. In this release, the open source monitoring project offered a new look Classic UI alongside many bug fixes.
Finally, Manuela tipped off Linux Tag that was held in Berlin last week, where Bernd Erk from our team made 2 speeches: “Open Source Reporting in Systems Management” and “Enterprise Monitoring with Icinga” at the event where .com meets .org.

Weekly Snap: Heatmap for Icinga, JIT cool, Windows 2000 and SOAP/REST?

14 – 18 June warned Windows 2000 users of looming support freezes, gawked in awe at JIT, shared Julian’s LinuxTag presentation, introduced the SOAP and REST developer conflict and announced our first Icinga addon.
Reflecting on hot summer days in data centers, Jannis revealed Heatmap for Icinga. Now while enjoying ice cream, admins can view their server room and react quickly to temperature problems. With a drag and drop, servers and sensors can be laid out on the map and intervals for temperature processing set. Replete with dashboard, it integrates seamlessly into Icinga Web and is ready for download at netways.org as always.
We paid our respects to JIT (JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit) while Julian shared his presentation slides from LinuxTag in Berlin on Nagios and Icinga. He then went on to bring bad news to Windows 2000 users – as of 13 July 2010, Microsoft will end support for all Windows 2000 regardless of type. This means no free updates or security updates, which may also mean security problems will no longer be fixed. On the same day, normal support for Windows 2003 Server (and Server R2) will run out and only extended support will be provided. So only issues critical to security will be fixed, for all others a patch will be offered only to those in their paid support program. This extended support will be available to 14 July 2015- so it seems now is high time to switch out!
Finally, Bernd introduced his new series to tackle the SOAP or REST question which all developers inevitably face in service oriented development. He plans to look at both architectures in detail and compare their advantages and disadvantages. In the meantime he pointed to a previous post from Julian for a good starting point. Till then, keep your eyes peeled!

Weekly Snap: OSMC Call for Papers, Nagios Training, Positions Vacant & a Conference in Bozen

May 17 – 21 Manuela was on fire this week, with Nagios training and recruitment announcements as well as an Open Source Monitoring Conference Call for Papers! Only Bernd managed to squeeze in a word about his recent visit to the monitoring conference in Bozen.
Once again, the Free Software Center South Tyrol and Würth Phoenix GmbH held a conference with a focus on monitoring and Nagios in Bozen, Italy. Nagios Founder, Ethan Galstad made a keynote presentation on Nagios developments, future plans and introduced NagiosXI. Other presenters included Michael Medin of NSClient++, Reinhard Schek from Cacti and Luca Deri from Ntop. To top it off we got to meet old friends as well as new, like Massimo Forni the newest member of Team Icinga.
On the topic of teams, Manuela announced our current job offers. We are seeking a Project Manager, Linux Consultant (Systems Management), Bookkeeper and Sales Manager to join our 20 man team. An apprenticeship place is also open for an aspiring Events Marketer. More details are available at the jobs area of our website.
Manuela then extended her call out to interested speakers for the Open Source Monitoring Conference (OSMC) coming up on 6 – 7 October this year. Previously known as the Nagios Conference, the OSMC will be in its 5th year running and promises to be the event for the latest monitoring technology, ideas and exchange. With early bird specials already available, register right away for this regular sell-out event and get it at a discount till 30 June 2010. For interested speakers, check out our Call for Papers to get your chance to be in the limelight this year.
If you can’t wait till October to get your Nagios tips, the Nagios Availability training course is around the corner on 28 June to 1 July. Trainer Michi Streb will be heading it once again to share his practical expertise with Nagios newbies to cover the Nagios essentials. Register quick to get monitoring made easy.

Monthly Snap April 2020

Monthly Snap April 2020

NETWAYS trainings – now also online!

Julia kicked off the month with the announcement, that we now offer online-trainings: Weiterbildung im Homeoffice: Wir bieten jetzt Online Trainings. Sign up for one of our trainings and attend from wherever you prefer! If you want to sit on your balcony, on a mountain top or lie in bed while learning – who are we to keep you from it?



Stackconf 2020 goes online! Julia shared this good news with us! One of the highlights of the conference year will not be cancelled. And you don’t even have to convince your boss that the travel time and expenses for accommodation are necessary! Join us in June – online!
Last year the stackconf was called OSDC, and one of the talks was Achim‘s Storage Wars – Using Ceph since Firefly | OSDC 2019. If you missed it here is your chance to see – and read it! Alexander recapped Fast log management for your infrastructure by Nicolas Frankel | OSDC 2019.



The current situation with working from home put Dirk in a position where he had to seek new ways to teach our apprentices and find new solutions for online trainings. Read Einfacher als gedacht: Openstack + Vagrant. A while ago Johannes had the task of setting up a Redis cluster. He shared his experience with us in Aufsetzen eines Redis-clusters. One way or another most companies want Kubernetes. But does it have to be a hosted solution? Sebastian gave us the pros and cons in Managed Kubernetes vs. Kubernetes On-Premises.
Markus informed us that HPE SSD drives are vulnerable to uptime counter bug. Luckily, they have developed an Icinga plugin, that recognizes which drives are affected. Also read his follow up blog HP controller firmware issues to check.


More news from Icinga!

Florian proudly presents a new feature for Icinga DB: Bringing Bulk Editing to a new Level with Icinga DB. Our very own poet and songwriter Thomas wrote this great Icinga- and Corona-Poem: Das Runde ist das Fleckige. It was definitely one of the highlights in April! Lennart gave us tips on notifications with Icinga in Benachrichtigung mal einfach. Check out the cool new Icinga Web themes in Tobias’ Neue Icinga Web Themes verfügbar! – Bayerisch, Fränkisch, Österreichisch.



Starface offers several options for companies in situations in which working from home is the better option. As Nicole states, it doesn’t always have to be because of a virus: STARFACE: Relevante Themen für Telefonie im Home Office. Also read her blog HW group: Neue Features für das STE2 for information about the renewed STE2 R2. For more information on HW products, have a look at their YouTube channel! A link can be found in this post: HW group: Stark auf YouTube!



In our blog-series NETWAYS stellt sich vor new members of the NETWAYS family share a bit about themselves. This month read about Sukhwinder and Moumen!


Catharina Celikel
Catharina Celikel
Office Manager

Catharina unterstützt seit März 2016 unsere Abteilung Finance & Administration. Die gebürtige Norwegerin ist Fremdsprachenkorrespondentin für Englisch. Als Office Manager kümmert sie sich deshalb nicht nur um das Tagesgeschäft sondern übernimmt nebenbei zusätzlich einen Großteil der Übersetzungen. Privat ist der bekennende Bücherwurm am liebsten mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs.