You would have thought that we’d just stay in the German capital, with Linux Tag and now the Monitoring Workshop within a week of one another. What can we say? We like team road trips.

This time round, we were part of a cosy, workshop dedicated to open source monitoring and nothing else. Organised by the community at www.monitoring-portal.org, the workshop was a great opportunity to see old friends and talk monitoring – serious monitoring.

We were first on the agenda with Icinga 2, and given the discerning audience decided to present as a team. I gave a run down of our latest developments and Michael gave a live demo of the most recent cluster work. Feedback was great, with many in the audience asking for detailed scenarios with the new apply syntax.

As always, the program (German) offered practical insights into monitoring in real-life. Case studies included Icinga at the City of Wuppertal and two-part presentation on distributed Icinga monitoring in an MS environment with the help of Powershell and Mod_Gearman. Both gave a nice in-depth look at challenges faced and overcome.

All in all, the Monitoring Workshop was two days well spent. Good talks, good people, good discussion. Thanks to the organising team at the Monitoring-Portal for a solid event.