Weekly Snap: Cloud Expo Europe 2013, Interop New York 2012 & Mock ups

weekly snap3 – 7 December reflected on mock ups, surprise mail, and two events – in New York past, and London coming up.
While Tobias looked back on the Interop IT expo and conference in New York, Bernd looked forward to the Cloud Expo Europe 2013 in London, where he will be presenting on OpenNebula.
Marius then shared his digital and paper tools to mock up software and websites, as Bernd contemplated unexpected mail from France.

Weekly Snap: Averting Java Plugins, Playing with HTML 5 & Hooks

30 Jan – 3 Feb turned over a new month with expo reflections, an OSDC program, and a nifty Java idea for Icinga/Nagios plugins – all topped off with our 100th development blog post.
Bernd brought home a few impressions from his visit to the Cloud Expo Europe in London and Lennart found a way around writing Java plugins for Icinga / Nagios.
From the development team, Angsar toyed with the idea of programming games in HTML5 while Marius showed how to add hooks in Perl to make patching vendor code a little easier.
Pamela closed the Open Source Data Center conference Call for Papers, and announced the preliminary program of speakers. She also reminded early birds to get in before  15 February for special conference rates.

Weekly Snap: Debian v6.0, MySQL Features, Jasper Training & Cloud Expo Europe

7 – 11 February got excited about the new Debian v6.0 release, new features in MySQL 5.5 and the upcoming Jasper Reporting training course – not to mention Julian’s visit to the Cloud Expo Europe.
Julian celebrated the release of Debian v 6.0 (codenamed Squeeze) and its wealth of new packages and software versions. As annouced by the Debian release team, these included Apache 2.2.16, PHP 5.3.3, MySQL 5.1.49 and Asterisk 1.6.2.9, but also the latest Nagios and now Icinga too. “Technical preview” GNU/kFreeBSD was introduced, allowing Debian to be booted with a FreeBSD kernel.
He then went on to share his “ITSM with Open Source Software” presentation he made at the Cloud Expo Europe in London with slides to download.
Bernd started a new series titled MySQL New Features, with a post on semi-synchronous replication. An alternative to the default asynchronous replication, it solves the problem of transactions being lost when a master fails. Instead of the master simply writing changes to local bin logs and disregarding the processing done by the slaves, semi-synchronous replication ensures the status “committed” is only achieved when the transaction has been processed by at least one slave. InnoDB is required for its use and the ACID criteria must be met. For admins, he offers the Rpl_semi_sync_master_no_tx variable for details on the transactions still open, and not committed on a slave.
Finally, Rebecca announced the upcoming training course on Nagios SLA Reporting with Jasper. The two day workshop on 12 -13 April will introduce students to the concept of reporting, dive into the installation and operation of iReport and Jasper Server, demonstrate their integration to Nagios( NDO) or Icinga (IDO) and other data sources such as ticketing systems and RRD databases. Students will also learn to design, generate and distribute dynamic reports. Registration is open, and more information is available at our training centre.

Cloud Expo Europe: ITSM with Open Source Software

Last week I was invited to give a talk at Cloud Expo Europe in London.
IT Service Management with Open Source Tools
“Building a infrastructure for modern systems management can be a very expensive project – with commercial software. But Open Source is an alternative, because today there are tools for all important service management processes available. The speech gives an overview about the most mature tools for Incident & Problem Management, Event Management, Operations Management, Service Desk and CMDB.”
But how does this relate to cloud computing?
One of the important questions about ITSM and Cloud Computing is: Why do we still need IT service management. And I think there are two main reasons: First, the cloud does not change WHAT is being delivered, it changes HOW services are being delivered to end users. So it basically is just a new way how services are being sourced. And second, there will always be coexistence between internal IT assets and clouds. Internal systems and cloud applications need to be integrated and that creates a demand for even more IT service management.
You can download my slides by clicking on the image below:

Julian Hein
Julian Hein
Executive Chairman

Julian ist Gründer und Eigentümer der NETWAYS Gruppe und kümmert sich um die strategische Ausrichtung des Unternehmens. Neben seinem technischen und betriebswirtschaftlichen Background ist Julian häufig auch kreativer Kopf und Namensgeber, beispielsweise auch für Icinga. Darüber hinaus ist er als CPO (Chief Plugin Officer) auch für die konzernweite Pluginstrategie verantwortlich und stösst regelmässig auf technische Herausforderungen, die sonst noch kein Mensch zuvor gesehen hat.