We've come a long way together … Icinga turns 9

by | May 7, 2018

Born to be wild

We’ve been busy with bringing Elasticstack integration into full shape with the Icinga 2 feature and the corresponding Icinga Web 2 module. Both of them were thankfully funded and sponsored by VW. Elasticsearch 6 support is sponsored by a customer too, this will hit 2.9 later in June. Earlier in 2017 we’ve also released the Logstash output for Icinga.
Another integration is Graphite. Shiny metrics available for problem analysis and correlation directly integrated into the host/service detail view in Icinga Web 2 are now a breeze. There’s also a feature rich template language available which makes customization a breeze. And in case you’ll need an overview dashboard, that’s the icing on the cake.
Want to kick off your own module? Look into the existing modules and peek into Eric’s showcase module. Expect more insights into Icinga Web 2 modules and also the theming in the future 🙂

The official Puppet modules for Icinga 2 and Icinga Web 2 also gained more attention, and allow for automated monitoring deployments. Virender put a lot of effort into keeping up the pace with the Chef cookbooks while Assaf kicks off with Ansible roles and playbooks.
There’s also work underway with Graylog integration, portions like the Icinga Web 2 module need sponsors fully bringing it into shape. A customer already funded the development for an alert output similar to Logstash. More updates here soon.

Can’t stop

Since our move to GitHub in early 2017, we’ve been learning and adopting our workflows to pull requests and reviews. More clear labels and issue templates help pave the way for better work on the issues.
While troubleshooting crashes with the stack guard patch on RHEL kernels, we’ve had great support by the RedHat team. This is where opensource connects. We’ve also gone for full transparency and published an advisory covering all the problems in detail. Probably you wouldn’t expect that from an opensource project, but it tremendously helps to quickly react on problems for both users and partner customers. Learning from that, such breaking changes are covered for notification scripts and OpenSSL problems too.
July brought us a new shiny website and the style was later adopted into the Icinga Web 2 v2.5 release too. Our online documentation is key to get things up and running, and so we’ve re-worked its layout and search. Speaking of Icinga Web 2, you’ll also recognise the collapsible menu, and many other enhancements all over the place. The modern look also was adopted into Icinga Exchange v2.0 allowing for the greater sharing of your plugins, themes and integrations. Johannes, Florian and Jennifer did an awesome job here.
We’re closely working with our partners to establish services all around Icinga. This is a great possibility to help everyone who needs enterprise grade support, trainings and consulting services. Especially funding the development of additional features or quick problem resolving with production fixes is a great benefit. Sponsoring Icinga’s development is also key to keep the project going with innovation and future integrations. Kindly get in touch if you want to help speed things a little – Eric announced the roadmap for this year: a new backend, reporting, notification manager and Icinga mobile this year. These features require lots of design and development resources where we greatly appreciate sponsoring.
The CA proxy feature was greatly needed for three level clusters. During the design phase we thought about adding the on-demand signing method in there too, as this makes the initial deployment for clients easier. Well, and since Gunnar and myself are perfectionists, we’ve added connection-less setups to the concept too. The required changes in Icinga 2 v2.8 were documented in detail, and helped the many of you. Community members just loved it, and that is the best thing you can get ❤️

You’re the voice

Icinga wouldn’t exist without our beloved community members, spreading the word, reporting bugs and feature requests, and the by far most important thing: Helping others with their questions and implementations. Peek into the community channels, especially monitoring-portal.org and see how many are active support heroes 🙂
This year we’ve had the pleasure to welcome Carsten and Nicolai as community module developers. Grafana and Maps are well received integrations into Icinga Web 2 and spread the #monitoringlove – thank you both deeply for such a magnificent dedication 🙂
A like and a retweet on social media means so much – to us, and to you sharing the idea you love. Keep up the good work! What would you say, makes Icinga 2 so special? One thing that we’ve learned, are the “magic” apply rules combined with the DSL. Actually you’re a developer when you’re deploying Icinga, did you know that? 😉

Have you been to an Icinga event like Icinga Camp Berlin, New York, or the OSMC? Even an Icinga meetup in your city like Zurich or soon Berlin? Get to talk to the people, enjoy ideas, laugh together, and grab a Guinness or G&T together later on. Icinga is not only a tool, Icinga unites people and sometimes becoming friends even.

In your talks, you can literally feel the passion and love you spread for the things you’re doing.

… told me a first time attendee of Icinga Camp Berlin this year. Giving a talk in front of 150+ people and they all applaud to your ideas is a great feeling. You should go for it, and join one of the camps, meetups or OSMC later this year. Submit your talk NOW 🙂
Marianne published an awesome article about the Icinga Director in the iX magazine, and is all in for spreading the #icingalove with articles and the great Nordlicht theme. Our fellow book writers Thomas and Lennart wrote and wrote so many hours on the Icinga 2 book v2.0 coming later this year. Send them some goodies for when they release the German version, and keep them motivated to work on an English version later.
Icinga is running on the ISS ❤️
Icinga is used by many companies all over the world, and we need your voice to spread the love. German Telekom is using it with 500000 services, now you know that VW and CERN are doing so too.
Our special thanks goes out to everyone sending us unexpected packages – Denny for the many Ritter Sport chocolate and #drageekeksi, Bodo for the Russian bread and Carsten for the many Gins. Having a good time with anyone is pure motivation 🙂
Next year, Icinga turns 10. TEN. Let’s push it to the next level and celebrate then. See you soon 🙂
The full story of our 9th year is covered in our monthly snaps for May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April.

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