Welcome to Icinga's New Home

After 5 glorious years, from our birth as a fork to today, we now bid our well-worn website good bye.
While we wrap up our migration, if you find yourself looking for something from the old site you can’t see here – just pop us a comment below.
In the meantime take a look around. We hope you like it.

Icinga 2 in iX Magazine Special Issue

ix_magazine_Icinga2_coverIcinga 2 has been featured in a special issue of the German language iX Magazine.
Written by our very own Icinga 2 developer, Michael Friedrich ‘Systems Monitoring with Icinga 2 – In Full View’ offers a neatly packaged introduction to Icinga 2, it’s capabilities and how to get them running.
Beginning with installation and configuration basics, the article gives a few tips on working with new object-based, template driven format. It continues with the integration of Icinga Web 2 for visualization and Graphite for real-time performance monitoring. Finally, for the more complex environments, Michael explains how Icinga 2 clusters can be configured for distributed monitoring out-of-the-box.
To top it all off, the print article comes with a virtual machine (on DVD) preconfigured with Icinga 2, Graphite and a preview version of Icinga Web 2 for you to play with.
For those who have not yet taken the plunge into Icinga 2, the article is a great way to get your toes wet.
Happy reading!

Thanks for the Server, Thomas Krenn!

tk_logoWe have several virtual machines on which we run our platform and keep Icinga development going. This platform uses a wide range of tools like WordPress, Git, Redmine, Confluence, Jenkins and many, many more.
Over the last couple of months we have invested a lot of time in developing and benchmarking Icinga 2 on different platforms to makes sure that it runs like you would expect it to. So we asked some friends for help. Lucky for us, they came straight to our aid.
Thomas-Krenn.AG produces customised, high-quality servers made in Germany. For our development and testing environment, they donated a brand new server*, helping us continue to improve the quality and performance of Icinga 1.x and Icinga 2 and thereby helping you and your monitoring environment.
So, to Thomas Krenn we say THANK YOU VERY MUCH and can now recommend their hardware based on experience 🙂
*(ADDED 15 June 2014): For those who are wondering what server Thomas Krenn donated here are the specs below –
Product Name: X9DR3-F
2x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v2 @ 2.60GHz
Ivy Bridge architecture
Hyper-Threading = 32 parallel threads
4x 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz
2x 1TB HDD Raid1

Icinga is 5 years old!

Today we celebrate Icinga’s 5th birthday and 5 incredible years. We have come a long way from a young fork in 2009, with aspirations to improve upon Nagios. Today we are at the cusp of releasing a complete rewrite, Icinga 2 beta and a new-concept interface Icinga Web 2 – all while maintaining progress on the Icinga 1.x branch.
It is no surprise then that we clocked up over 4800 commits in the last year and doubled in number of contributors. These included nine milestone releases of Icinga 2, and three Icinga 1.x stable releases. Along the way, Icinga 2 has made it to “Icinga 1.x / Nagios drop-in replacement” status, boasting a new object-based configuration format, built-in cluster capabilities and convenient integration with Graphite, Livestatus-based addons.
Development in Icinga 1.x was also active, with improved interoperability and performance in the Core and Web, adding Classic UI live search and click filtering as well as a new Web cronk menu and ‘problems’ views. For these enhancements, we thank the many community contributors who sent in patches, bug reports and feature ideas.

Icinga 5th birthday

In fact, community creations have come in all forms this past year- from the very first books on Icinga published in English and German to RIPE’s Atlas probe with Icinga and Pager Duty’s Icinga notification services.
Our 5th year also brought important changes to our community channels. We moved all our release downloads to Github, migrated our user, development and announcement mailing lists to lists.icinga.org, and created a new auto-built package repository at packages.icinga.org.
In between these activities and development on Icinga 1.x, Icinga 2 and Icinga Web 2, we somehow managed to make it to a couple of events. We headed over to Brighton for FLOSSUK and London for DevOps Days; joined Chemnitz Linux Days and the OSMC, and got together for a team meet-up at the Linux Hotel.
Looking back, this past year may have been the busiest yet. All this activity has certainly attracted the attention of larger organisations such as the carmaker Audi, who implemented Icinga to monitor a whopping 10,000+ hosts and 50,000 services.
Such environments speak for the maturity of Icinga as a project and we are proud to have made it this far in just 5 years. So on this special day, we’d like to say thank you to all our Icinga friends: You have no idea how your mailing list and forum posts; tweets and likes; feature and patch submissions have helped make Icinga what it is today.

Flashbacks from 2013

Two Icinga 1.x and 5 Icinga 2 milestone releases later, we look back on a successful 2013.
Icinga 1.x got a performance boost, while Classic UI received new click custom filters, and live search. We gave Icinga Web a facelift a new Cronk menu, flexible drag-n-drop style filters, as well as new ‘problems’ Cronk views.
In parallel we released 5 milestone technology previews of Icinga 2. It now stands as a worthy drop-in replacement to Nagios and Icinga 1.x. – boasting break-neck speeds, a migration script, support for Livestatus, graphing addons and clustering all out-of-the-box.
If that wasn’t enough, we started a new project – Icinga Web 2 and introduced auto-built Icinga packages on the side.
When we weren’t developing, we were out and about at Chemnitz Linux Days, the OSMC, DevOpsDays London and brainstorming in the Linux Hotel.

Though the community was just as busy – not only sending in patches, reporting bugs and adding to new features, but also in writing guides and even publishing the very first German and English language books on Icinga.
Perhaps this surge in activity also explains why Icinga made it to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and Audi’s production lines amongst Icinga Users this year.
Yes, we’re proud to say, 2013 was a massive year – we can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for us.