OSMC 2015: Program online now!

osmc_blog_194x120Open Source Monitoring Conference comes a tiny bit closer every day and even though most of you might think that November 16th is ages away right now, IT IS NOT!
In fact we are just the blink of an eye away from having a drink at Checkpoint Jenny and celebrating the 10th anniversary of our favorite conference. And that’s exactly why you should have a good look at how great this year’s program is. Because now you can see the lineup online, in all of its beauty.
Some of the many highlights are Torkel Ödegaard, the developer of the Graphite Web Interface Grafana or the CEO of OpenNMS Group, Tarus Balog.
Also Alan Robertson, the Founder of Linux-HA (Pacemaker), will show you all you need to know about the Assimilation Project, while Michael Medin (developer of NSClient++) will show how NSClient++ is deployed best and which advantages it has over other monitoring agents.
Also speakers like Florian Forster (collectd project/Google), Fabian Reinartz (Prometheus/Soundcloud) or Tom De Vylder (Inuits) will join us, among many more, to celebrate one decade of OSMC.
So hurry up and get your tickets here!

Weekly Snap: HWg-STE, DYI USBs, JavaScript tools & Wild Duck

14 – 18 May looked ahead to warmer weather with environmental monitoring, JavaScript tools, DYI flash drives, a presentation here and a fun run there – not to mention the odd Wild Duck.
Bernd began by sharing his presentation slides from the Open Source Systems Management Conference and Sebastian took a look at OpenNebula’s latest version, 3.4 Wild Duck.
Ready for summer, Georg then introduced HW Group’s HWg-STE environmental monitoring system just as Markus got excited about the upcoming B2RUN, company fun run round Nuremberg.
In time for the weekend, Jannis jostled JavaScript tips to fill much free time, while Markus gave a thorough step-by-step guide to making your own USB boot flash drive.

Weekly Snap: CeBIT Reflections, MySQL Slides & a New NETWAYS Training Year

14 – 18 March closed the chapter on CeBIT 2011 and opened the NETWAYS training year.
Rebecca announced the start of the NETWAYS school year with three training courses: ‘Monitoring with Nagios’ (22 -25 March) ‘Puppet Configuration Management’ (24-26 May), and ‘Nagios SLA Reporting with Jasper Reports’ (28 – 29 September). All come with accommodation, catering, course laptop and materials plus a small dinner and drinks event on the 2nd last day for casual networking. Should more individualized training be called for, NETWAYS offers customized workshops and online courses in partnership with the Linux Academy are also available for learning at your own pace and place. More information can be found at the NETWAYS Training Center: http://www.netways.de/de/units/training/
Bernd then shared his ‘MySQL in Large Environments’ presentation from CeBIT for download, following Julian’s on ‘Open Source IT Management’. On the side, he invited readers to post if they use any of the new MySQL features such as partitioning or semi-synchronous replication.
In theme, Manuela reflected on the big CeBIT just past, with more than 4200 companies from over 70 countries and a collective, annual purchasing volume of over €50 billion. Exhibiting in the Open Source Park, Manuela and the rest of the NETWAYS team enjoyed the many good discussions with passersby, where Icinga and its new version 1.30 in comparison to Nagios featured alongside particular interest in our Hosting and Managed Services offering. As a final CeBIT farewell, she shared a live stream of Philip Deneus’ presentation on ‘Monitoring with Icinga’ and a few snapshots of the few days in Hannover. Thanks go to Pluspol for arranging the Open Source Park, where we hope to see you again 6-10 March 2012!

Weekly Snap: OSMC and OSMC plus a project or two

weekly snapOct 26-31 was an intense week of blogging on the go at the OSMC. Only a couple strayed from the conference craze, such as Peter’s update on a Request Tracker project for the European Patent Office which will moved to our data center, boosted with NetApp SAN storage capacity and maintained by our managed services.
All else was OSMC. Karo kicked off the OSMC ticker on the eve of the conference, with a few impressions of the Linux live streaming and Thomas Krenn hardware setup.
Soon later, Bernd and Julian came in early with the first two 8am presentations: ‘Development of SNMP Plugins with Net::SNMP and Nagios::Plugin’ by Martin Hefter and Kristian Koehntopp’s Monitoring MySQL. Martin gave an introduction into Perl based development and use of available modules and libraries, offering Nagios/Icinga plugin developers a good guide to creating tools and extensions for existing implementations. Kristian covered areas of incident monitoring, problem detection, capacity monitoring, load and bottleneck forecasting and audit monitoring. He offered methods of attaining the required data, the available tools and their implementation with existing monitoring solutions.
Julian continued his coverage of the first OSMC day with Eric Pfaller’s presentation on an open source monitoring implementation at Audi, and a related presentation on the new LConf tool for the administration of monitoring configurations with LDAP. Here, our consultant Michael Steb took the reins with a live how-to on its integration into an existing monitoring system and administration in an LDAP front end such as Eclipse SDK.
Birger reported on a string of presentations, starting with PNP4Nagios Version 0.6 by Jeorg Linge. Jeorg announced a host of new innovations such as dashboard baskets, relative time ranges, new plugin templates and ‘dynamic series’ alongside multilingualism and a PHP 5.2 dependency. Birger then moved onto the Nagios Plugins presentation by Thomas Guyot-Sionnest who signalled new plugin projects and tools on the move, and ended the day with SNMPTT front end – NagTrap presentation by Michael Lubben. He noted Michael’s plans for future versions to include live views, database clean up, authorisation, hostname alias function and automatic status change for alerted traps.
Reporting on the second conference day, Bernd highlighted Ton Voon’s OpsView as a Nagios based tool to watch for extended coverage, web configuration and various distributed environment scenarios. Shortly after, Julian ended the presentation round with Bernd’s on ESB applications to distributed monitoring environments. Bernd offered Mule as an example of centralised transportation, router and transformation of check results in large heterogeneous monitoring systems.
Upon OSMC close we said our farewells and thankyous, and then hopped back into business with the project of October– a speedy, well coordinated Nagios expansion at BuW.
For impressions of our big yearly OSMC from the outside, a few reflections have made it to blogs from speakers and attendees that are worth checking out. So far: