Schnell sein lohnt sich: die nächsten 30 Anmelder erhalten ein iPad zur OSDC Anmeldung!

Heute erhalten alle Blog Leser ein besonderes Schmankerl: das Paketi! Bei diesem Paket gibt es exklusiv ein iPad Wi-Fi mit 32 GB oben drauf! Dabei inkludiert das Paket i die Teilnahme an allen Vorträgen inkl. 2 Übernachtung mit Vollverpflegung direkt im Tagungshotel + ein iPad! Weiter Informationen sowie eine Anmeldemöglichkeit findet sich hier. Schnell sein lohnt sich – denn dieser Bonus ist nur für die ersten 30 Anmeldungen reserviert!
Alle Informationen zur Konferenz finden sich ständig aktuell unter: www.osdc.de Das Konferenzprogramm enthält unter dem Schwerpunkt “Automatisiertes Systems Management” Vorträge aus drei Themenbereichen: “Configuration Management”, “Cloud Computing” und “Datacenter Infrastructure”, welche durch anschauliche Vorträgen und Workshops ein vertieftes Wissen zur ganzen Bandbreite zu neuesten Trends und Themen aus dem  DataCenter Bereich vermitteln.
U.a. erwarten wir Ken Barber von Puppet Labs mit “Advanced Puppet Topics”, Prof. Stefan Edlich zu “NoSQL in der Cloud: Patterns, Architektur und Erfahrungen” oder Bernd Erk mit “Icinga – Enterprise Open Source Monitoring“.
Die Konferenz ist bald ausgebucht – also schnell sein jetzt anmelden und Paket i sichern! Wir freuen uns schon auf die Konferenz und daruf, Sie bald persönlich in Nürnberg begrüßen zu dürfen!

Weekly Snap: MySQL Threads, OSDC Partners & an OSBF Job

21 – 25 February finished up the month with a look at new MySQL features, announcements on OSDC partners, early bird specials and an OSBF job vacancy.
Building on his last post on semi-synchronous replication, Bernd continued onto part 2 of his MySQL New Features series, with a look at background I/O threads. Responsible for the processing of pre-fetches and writing dirty pages, the previous thread could not fully utilize current server hardware and storage sub systems. The new innodb_read_io_threads in version 5.5 enable dynamic configuration of read threads, and thus an optimised utilisation of disk sub systems. Writing altered data blocks from the buffer cache to disk, has now been fine-tuned with innodb_write_io_threads. Bernd expects this to be particularly useful for those with modern RAID controllers, as writing is often acknowledged in the controller cache to be considered complete. He warned however, that in practice these parameters could lead to growing I/O waits on disks. Most important is to use various combinations over time, document and compare results when tuning.
Following on Manuela forwarded news of a casual, student job opening at the Open Source Business Foundation (OSBF). The institute is seeking a student to develop their website and integrate an Enterprise Open Source (EOS) directory. The ideal candidate should have experience in content management systems (TYPO3 and TypoScript) and their extensions (use and configuration), customer relationship management systems (SugarCRM) and programming knowledge of common web technologies (PHP) with a customer oriented, systematic yet communicative work ethic. More details can be found on the OSBF website or by contacting Stefan Probst <sp@osbf.eu>
Manuela then announced this year’s OSDC partners – Puppet Labs, Linux Magazin, Admin Magazin and Thomas Krenn and reminded us that the OSDC early bird specials close today. Those who wish to save up to 20% have just a few hours left. Choose between packages with or without accommodation at the conference hotel. In addition to the three streams of workshops and presentations: Configuration Management, Cloud Computing and Data Center Infrastructure, the OSDC will feature two intensive workshops on the conference eve (5 April) on” Configuration Management with Puppet – Advanced” and “ITSM Reporting with Jasper” for the first time. With just 2 and 5 spaces left respectively, you’ll need to register quick!

1, 2 oder 3 die letzte Chance…..

….ist bald vorbei! Wenn Sie sich noch den OSDC Frühbucherpreis oder einen Platz im ITSM oder Puppet Intensiv-Workshop sichern wollen! Die Konferenz zu den Themenblöcken “Configuration Management”, “Cloud Computing” und “Datacenter Infrastructure” gibt es noch genau 4 Tage bis zum 28.02 zum fast 20 % günstigeren Frühbucherpreis. Grundsätzlich werden zwei verschiedene Buchungspakete angeboten: einmal mit Übernachtung direkt im Tagungshotel und einmal ohne Übernachtung.
In diesem Jahr bieten wir zusätzlich noch allen Konferenzteilnehmern eine Besonderheit: bei der OSDC 2011 haben Sie erstmals die Gelegenheit an Intensiv-Workshops am Vortag der Konferenz (05. April 2011) teilzunehmen. Den Workshop können Sie als Add-On zu Ihrem Konferenzpaket hinzubuchen. Im Preis enthalten ist der Workshop selbst inkl. Vollverpflegung mit Kaffeepausen und Mittagessen, Schulungsnotebook bei Bedarf und ausführlichen Schulungsunterlagen. Am Abend geht der Workshop dann in die Konferenz über. Angeboten werden “Konfigurationsmanagement mit Puppet – Advanced” und “ITSM Reporting mit Jasper”.
Um ein bestmögliches Schulungsniveau zu erreichen ist die Teilnehmerzahl begrenzt. So sind für den Puppet Workshop nur noch 2 Plätze verfügbar und für den ITSM Workshop nur noch 5 Plätze. Der Preis liegt  bei günstigen 480.- €.
Das Konferenzprogramm, Anmeldung sowie alle Neuigkeiten rund um die OSDC 2011 finden Sie auf unserer Homepage unter: www.netways.de/osdc.

Weekly Snap: Icinga 1.3, NETWAYS YouTube, OSDC Early Birds & Squoia iCARUS

14 – 18 February brought a new Icinga release, a new NETWAYS YouTube channel, the end of early bird OSDC specials and a small temperature monitoring device.
Hardware man Martin introduced a nifty solution to temperature monitoring via SMS and GSM. Sequoia iCARUS is a compact device that can monitor remote server rooms’ temperature without an internet connection. Configured by SMS, the device simply needs electricity and GSM reception. Recorded temperatures can be periodically sent by SMS and email, as can alerts when thresholds have been exceeded.
Manuela was on fire this week, first reminding us to snap up the early bird offer to the Open Source Data Center Conference 2011 coming up on 6 – 7 April. To give first time goers an impression of these events, she shared a video view of OSDC’s sibling conference the OSMC – Open Source Monitoring Conference. With the program near completion, she highlighted a couple presentations: System Automation with Chef (Jochen Lillich), OpenNebula Tutorial (Constantino Vázquez Blanco), Enterprise Linux Server File Systems (Dr. Udo Seidel) and NoSQL in the Cloud: Patterns, Architecture & Experiences (Prof. Stefan Edlich). Registrations before 28 Feb can save up to 20%, so Manuela urged all to hurry.
She went on to forward news of Icinga’s latest stable release, version 1.30. The open source monitoring solution now comes with new features such as IPv6 support alongside IPv4 and improvements to Icinga Core threading, overall performance and stability. In the web interface, through a Cronk builder, often accessed views can now be easily filtered and sorted to be saved as custom Cronks (widgets) under categories the user specifies. More on the new features and fixes can be found at www.icinga.org where the release too can be downloaded.
Finally, Manuela celebrated NETWAYS arrival on YouTube. The NETWAYS channel will feature videos from events such as the OSMC and OSDC, as well as future presentations and workshops. She offered free tickets to the CeBIT 2011 to anyone who may have any videos from their visits to NETWAYS events which they would be happy to share there. Simply email events@netways.de.

Open Source Data Center Conference | OSDC 2011: noch 14 Tage bis zu 20 % sparen

Nicht mehr lange bis sich wieder die Open Source Community unter dem Motto “Open Source thinking large” auf der Nürnberger Open Source Data Center Conference versammelt. Auf der 2-tägigen Konferenz dreht sich in diesem Jahr alles um die Schwerpunkte “Configuration Management”, “Cloud Computing” und “Datacenter Infrastructure”. Einen guten Einblick zum Konferenzformat und der Teilnehmerresonanz bietet das Video zu unserer vergangen Veranstaltung der Open Source Monitoring Conference:
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Das Konferenzprogramm der OSDC 2011 ist fast vollständig und beinhaltet Talks & Workshops u.a. zu folgenden Themen:

  • Jochen Lillich
    Systemautomatisierung mit Chef

Noch bis zum 28. Februar 2011 ist der Frühbucherpreis gültig mit dem Sie bis zu 20 % sparen können! Jetzt anmelden und einen der begehrten Plätze sichern! Wir freuen uns darauf Sie bald in Nürnberg bergrüßen zu dürfen!

Weekly Snap: IPMI Sensor v2, Multi-Tech iSMS 1.47, OSDC 20% off & SASS for CSS

24 – 28 January announced two new hardware monitoring plugin and firmware releases, introduced Becky and a SASSy solution for CSS topped off with a special 20% off OSDC tickets.
Jannis found a way to make working with CSS fun with SASS stylesheets. A simple colour change need not consume a day, because SASS uses variables that are much easier to alter. And with the help of a compiler the variables, definitions functions and more, turn magically into CSS. Best of all, if you know CSS there is not much more to learn – check out the homepage to test if for yourself.
Following on, Rebecca our events apprentice introduced herself and her impressions of her first few months on board. Working hard on the OSMC of 2010, helping Manuela with everything from invoicing and program planning to interviewing attendees for live testimonials and marketing presentations streamed live, Becky gladly took on responsibility. So much in fact, that she is now organising Nagios, Puppet and Jasper training courses. With 2 years to go in her apprenticeship, she looks to be on the right path with the right attitude – we look forward to more updates along the way.
Becky continued to forward news of the IPMI sensor monitoring plugin v2 release for Nagios/Icinga. The Thomas Krenn plugin monitors the status of hardware such as fan speed, temperature, voltage, power input and more. To these ends it combines with Nagios or Icinga, FreeIPMI (as of v.0.5.1) and Gawk. The plugin is available for free download, with more information on Thomas Krenn’s wiki and exchange.nagios.org or available through special announcement and user mailing lists.
On the topic of hardware monitoring, Martin announced Multi-Tech iSMS’ new firmware 1.47 and plugin. Multi-Tech iSMS‘ new release brings new bug fixes and the ability to enter SIM card PINs in the web interface, removing the need to deactivate them in advance. View the changelog or download the firmware from Multitech. The updated monitoring plugin is available at www.netways.org.
Manuela reminded us to book before 28 Feb and save 20% on the Open Source Data Center Conference. Alongside high calibre presentations the 3rd OSDC will feature Puppet and Jasper workshops on the conference eve. To be sure you know what to expect, she threw in 2 videos of speeches from 2010 on Monitoring with Icinga (Bernd Erk) and Java Monitoring and Troubleshooting (Rainer Jung). And if one event isn’t enough, Manuela also offered an OSMC + OSDC special that saves up to €400. Register now and we’ll see you on 6 -7 April in Nuremberg!

Weekly Snap: OSDC Specials, Printing & VirtualBox Tips for Xmas

20 – 24 December embraced the spirit of Christmas, giving OSDC specials, printing tips and VirtualBox hints, not to mention the warmest festive wishes from the entire team at NETWAYS.
Manuela reminded early birds to get their tickets to the OSDC 2011 coming up on 6 -7 April in Nuremberg. She gave a sneak peek into the program, featuring ‘Puppet Advanced’ and ‘ITSM Reporting with Jasper’ workshops and speeches on: ‘Automatic Natwork Documentation with NetDot & RANCID’,’Email Marketing, Spam, Email Filtering & Data Protection-What‘s Allowed & What’s Not?’, ‘Icinga – Enterprise Monitoring’, ‘High Availability Virtualization Clusters with iSCSI, Cluster LVM & Xen/KVM’, ‘NoSQL in the Cloud: Patterns, Architecture & Experiences’, and ‘FAI – Fully Automatic Installation’. Interested speakers a still welcome to submit their ideas to the Call for Papers and registrations before 28 February will enjoy early bird specials. For an impression of the event format and style, Manuela shared two speeches from the recent monitoring conference courtesy of Linux Magazine: ‘Monitoring with Icinga’, ‘Java Monitoring & Troubleshooting’.
Marcus then taught us how to send print jobs to two printers simultaneously, using a combination of Foxit-PDF reader, CutePDF and an AutoIT 3 script. Referencing the AutoIT forum which offered example code, he recommended it as an alternative to PrintMulti (also available for free) for its relative configuration simplicity. First the document to be printed is exported in PDF format and saved in a specific place with CutePDF. Once the AutoIT script registers the new file, it is moved to an archive and renamed (date and time) to finally be sent off to the printers with FoxitPDF.
Lastly, Bernd shared his own tip by taking a peek under the VirtualBox 4.0 hood. The recently released major version of the virtualization solution features a refurbished interface and changes to the architecture. With certain features migrated to expansion packs, he couldn’t quite say whether they are a precursor to commercialized packages or just more freedom combining features. The expansion pack currently available offers ISB 2.0, PXE-Boot and VirtualBox RDP support. Bernd’s favourite feature was its support of Async-IO and local disk resource limitations for guests. Through VBoxManage, resource groups are created and individual disks are assigned to optimize resource use and meet the configured limits. More on the new release can be found in VirtualBox’s changelog, and Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris suitable versions are also available for free download.

Weekly Snap: OSDC CfP, new Syslog-NG and faster PHP

29 Nov – 3 Dec turned over the new month with an OSDC Call for Papers, a PHP tip and a Syslog-NG new release.
From the development team, Marius shared a tip for accelerated PHP websites. He recommended the Zend Community Edition Server, a compiled Apache with a selected set of modules and the current PHP5. In the background an Apache2 runs for PHP and a lighttpd provides for the admin interface. The integrated Zend Optimizer+, PHP Opcode and page cacher help to generate pages quickly. Marius also demonstrated its ease of installation, with the help of the Zend Installer. Try it for yourself, by downloading it free from the vendor website.
Sharing his own open source tip, Julian took a look at the recently released Syslog-NG 3.2 and its new capabilities. Referencing the software vendor BalaBit, the latest release features log file correlation, a new plugin system and process accounting data collection among many others. Alongside the open source version, Balabit also offers a commercial variant with more features such as encrypted and tamper-proof log data storage. Balazs Scheidler, CEO of Balabit IT Security may be a familiar name for attendees of the 2nd OSDC where he introduced Syslog-NG 3.0 capabilities in 2009.
Finally, Manuela called out to interested speakers for the Open Source Data Center Conference coming up on the 6 -7 April 2011. Dedicated to open source software in data centers and large and complex IT environments, the conference will be held in Nuremberg with a new theme. The German language event will highlight “Automated Systems Management” and offer two intensive workshops (Configuration Management with Puppet and ITSM Reporting with Jasper) on 5 April. Interested speakers are welcome to submit their ideas to our Call for Papers and get more info and an impression of the past two events at: http://www.netways.de/osdc/y2011/ Early birds are just as welcome to snap up tickets at special rates till 28 February 2011!

Weekly Snap: Business Process Addons in Icinga & Conference Aplenty – OSMC to OSDC and OpenSUSE

18 – 22 October skipped from the close of the OSMC to the preparations for the OSDC and ended on the OpenSUSE, with a quick detour into Business Process Monitoring Addons’ integration into Icinga Web.
Manuela celebrated the success of the Open Source Monitoring Conference 2010 with a few statistics. For the attendees from all over Europe, 22 speeches, 4 workshops, 1 intensive workshop and an AR Drone, ensured that there was something everyone. Thanks to Linux Magazine, the presentations where streamed live and are now available in their archives to view with the attendee area of the OSMC website opening soon. Final thanks also go to Thomas Krenn, and all speakers and attendees for making the event the success it was – we hope to see you at the next OSMC on 29 – 30 November 2011.
From one conference to another, Manuela jumped to the Open Source Data Center Conference to come on 6 – 7 April 2011 in Nuremberg. In its 3rd year, it will also highlight ‘Automated Systems Management’ with focused presentations and practical case studies. In line with this, 2 workshops on ‘Configuration Management with Puppet- Advanced’ and ‘ITSM Reporting with Jasper’ will be held on the OSDC eve 5 April with restricted class sizes for intensive learning. The Call for Papers for interested speakers and early bird specials for registrations till 28 February 2011 are both currently open and welcome to all.
Finally, Bernd reported from the 2nd International OpenSUSE Conference which gathered many active developers in Nuremberg to discuss new ideas and the future course of the OpenSUSE project. For the first time, NETWAYS was actively there with a presentation on ‘Open Source Monitoring with Icinga‘ that received much interest. In return Bernd was also reassured by many there, that the old rumours of YaST messing up configurations and Russian roulette-like package installations are now history.