Release announcements, development news and monitoring goodies
A while back Vanessa, fellow co-worker of mine at NETWAYS, had a great idea – let’s help children in Tansania and get them a cow. Guess which name we’ve chosen – “Icinga“. In late 2015 we had the pleasure to learn that Icinga finally arrived and continues to help and explore the world.
Our baby cow Icinga has grown up and will be getting fertilised this year. Soon we will be able to welcome even more “Icinga” baby cows :-)
Happy Easter from team Icinga!
Central log management has always been a topic for almost every sysadmin. In the past we used a central syslog server to collect all logs from clients and store them in plain text files. Instead of searching the logs on 10 web servers, the sysadmin had to run just a single grep command on one machine. When someone managed to hack into your server, he probably wasn’t fast or clever enough to disable the remote logging. He did what he did, but your logs were save for later analysis. In an ideal world even network hardware would send their logs to this central syslog instance. Well, in an ideal world the “syslog” format would be the same on each device. In an ideal world developers would use reasonable and standardised timestamp formats. Instead, we have to write regexes for the umpteenth time to parse this stuff. Sigh. read more…
March was all about our lovely community. We’ve had Icinga Camp Berlin and San Francisco, and also joined FLOSSUK. You’ll also recognize that our Puppet module for Icinga 2 was officially approved by Puppet. Blerim released icingabeat and blogged about it at the Elastic blog. And many more things happened …
We’ve also thought about 1st of April, but hey – we have so many great things to share and work on, we’ll skip it for 2017 ;-)
We just released another minor bugfix release for Icinga 2. In addition to providing a number of documentation enhancements version 2.6.3 addresses a few bugs. A list of changes can be found here.
Packages for Icinga 2 v2.6.3 for the officially supported distributions should be available shortly.
Today we are happy to announce the release of Icingabeat v1.0!
Beats are lightweight data shippers. They are based on libbeat and written in Go. You install a Beat on your server to collect various data and forward it either to Logstash or directly to Elasticsearch. For example, there is Filebeat to read log files, Metricbeat to fetch metrics from operating systems or Packetbeat to inspect network packets. Icingabeat collects data from the Icinga API. It can open a stream to receive events and simultaneously poll the current status of Icinga 2 periodically.