We are going to Berlin … and San Francisco!

We’re going to Berlin … again! After last year’s overwhelming feedback and many Icinga or soon-to-become Icinga users we decided to make it happen again. Tickets are still available, so hurry up and meet us at Icinga Camp Berlin on the 7th of March 2017 in Berlin at the Kalkscheune!
The event location is top notch, I promise. Not only for the audience with a huge space for talks but also speakers will certainly enjoy the atmosphere. And I bet there won’t be much time to breath but coffee breaks will be used to talk, exchange, discuss and what not. In the end you’ve also got the chance to meet many of the Icinga developers and ask your questions. Or just say hi and have a beer or a G&T with us 😉
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Icinga Camp Portland Recap

IMG_1862Icinga Camp Portland was our second trip to the US after San Francisco last year, and we really enjoyed connecting with community members and future Icinga users at Puppetconf, and of course, our very own camp hosted at Puppet Labs HQ.
 
 

Icinga 2

dashing_icinga2_overviewThe Icinga 2 API release is near – at Icinga Camp Portland we did have the latest and greatest snapshot with us. We’ve also had a demo using AWS EC2 instances for creating, modifying and deleting host objects at runtime. Going further, using the icinga studio application to view the current states using the REST API. And last but not least using the Icinga 2 REST API for nice Dashing dashboards. Best part of open source: Everything can be found on Github. Play with it and give us feedback!
 
IMG_4510Eric Zounes from Puppet Labs gave an insight on best practices using the Icinga 2 cluster with satellites, clients and zones encouraging the usage of PuppetDB and exported resources. A spontaneous live demo of Icinga (Web) 2 monitoring Puppet Force and other servers … He’s been contributing to the official Icinga 2 Puppet module already, and we are happy that he joined team Icinga right after the Camp 🙂
 
IMG_1871Talking Chatops and whatnot by James Fryman from StackStorm was the icing on the cake giving a vision how Icinga 2 API actions and event streams will integrate with better alerting. We’re working closely with James to finish the StackStorm Icinga 2 integration these days.

 
 

Icinga Web 2

DSC_3299Having live demos of the initial 2.0.0 release with us, Eric and Thomas did provide a deep dive into the web framework and modules. From graphing, reporting, business processes, logs, snmp to a live demo of the upcoming Icinga Web 2 director module. More updates on the latter soon 🙂
 
 

Thank you!

IMG_4517Many thanks to our Icinga Camp sponsors Puppet Labs, Shadow-Soft, NETWAYS, StackStorm, Pagerduty, VictorOps and AlertOps!
The event archive is now live – make sure to checkout the presentation slides and pictures. We certainly had lots of fun – make sure to join us at future Icinga Camps, perhaps Berlin 2016.
While Bernd was talking at OpenNebulaConf already, our next Icinga updates will happen at OSMC in November. Even more on the Icinga 2 API and Icinga Web 2 🙂
 

Meet us at OpenTechSummit in Berlin in May

OpenTechSummitWhile Bernd is heading to Bangalore for the RootConf, I myself will represent the Icinga team at the OpenTechSummit in Berlin.
The OpenTechSummit is for everyone, developers, makers, start-ups and contributors. It takes place at the Kalkscheune in Berlin on the 14th of May (which is a public holiday in Germany).
You will meet a lot of interesting people with talks about Open- Software, Hardware and Data, as well as tracks about society and patents, and Linux in specific. And you can bring your kids!
Check out their website for all details, and meet me there if you want to talk about Icinga.
And thanks to the organizers of OpenTechSummit, we can offer free entry for our community! Just use the link below, or use “icinga” as a discount code while registering.
Register with this link
If you can’t find me on site, hit me on Twitter @lazyfrosch.
OpenTechSummit crowd

Meet us in Bangalore in May

rootconfIn the middle of May we are heading to RootConf in Bangalore. Icinga Co-Founder Bernd Erk will give a talk about “Why favour Icinga over Nagios™”. We know that there are a couple of reasons to do so, but this is a really great opportunity for us to spread Icinga in India. We already know, that there is a huge community over there and during our discussions about the talk, a couple of people mentioned that they are on Icinga 2 for a months now.
In the talk we’ll give a detailed overview about Icinga 2 and will go into the details around performance, scalability and security.
Bernd will be in the city for a couple of days. If you want to meet, please let us know.
 

Icinga @ SIG-NOC meeting

GA_logo_and_strapline_smal_new2It has been nearly 3 years when I attended the 6th TF-NOC meeting in Dublin, presenting Icinga to all NREN participants (research and education networking organisations). At that time I was working at ACOnet at the University of Vienna which slightly changed into NETWAYS and Nuremberg later that year. After-all this task force is community/developer friendly so I was allowed to follow their actions, discussions and upcoming meetings. At last years OSMC Ernst Heiri from SWITCH was asking if I could spare some time to come present the latest Icinga 2 development in Stuttgart this year.
Well, time goes by, and then there was a discussion on open source log collection & monitoring tools going on, where I’ve stepped into remarking the things we’ve talked about in the Icinga 2 & Graylog talk at OSMC 2014, and much more. Considering that I also know a little Logstash from my Icinga 2 training sessions, attending the 12th TF-NOC meeting for an in-depth Icinga 2 presentation and also sharing my ideas on log monitoring in open panels was pure fun.
There are changes in terms of naming going on – Terena & Dante joined forces under the Géant Association, while the Task Force (TF) is being migrated to a Special Interest Group (SIG). Therefore this meeting was in the end called “SIG NOC meeting“. Apart from the confusing stuff (my presentation slides show the wrong logo ;)) I’ve got the opportunity to talk about Icinga 2 nearly 2 hours.
The presentation catches up with plenty of things you might already know but is rather long-ish with ~80 slides. It also required me to do some heavy re-factoring of the Icinga Vagrant boxes used for the demo (no more custom VM as seen 3 years ago!). The feedback on the talk was awesome, and also shed some light into NREN network operators (NOC teams) and their problems. Multi-path dependencies, network topology scan & simulation or even Shibboleth as auth provider for Icinga Web 2 were those to mention, next to discussions on existing issues or just some real-life hints.

During the two days one thing was clear – integration of tools in your existing stack is more important than ever. While changes might happen slowly, one should consider evaluating how the tool does fit into the environment, including interfaces and apis for data exchange (take for instance, Icinga 2 + Puppet + Logstash + Graphite). On another note: How to deal with alerts and connect that to the ticket systems – where the RT integration in Icinga Web 2 proofed itself as a pretty good idea 🙂 Or – why would one need Rackview, HP Openview and Icinga, how about only using one tool (Icinga)?
The meeting was pretty much Splunk dominated in terms of logs and their presentation was more of a sales one – they didn’t see my Icinga 2 presentation before which emphasizes on the integration part. Logstash/ELK and Graylog are far beyond Splunk in my humble opinion – at least from what I’ve seen during the meeting. Adding my own knowledge on several aspects on combining log monitoring with other tools (even the fancy sflow-to-elasticsearch project) from my managed service colleagues at NETWAYS worked out pretty well. I am confident that the participants will consider a closer look deeply into Icinga 2 as well as ELK / Graylog in the future.
It really was a pleasure being there, I am looking forward to future meetings – and even more NRENs already using Icinga 2 🙂