Vagrant box updates: Elastic Stack, InfluxDB & Icinga Web 2 modules

A while back we’ve written about changes inside our Vagrant box demo environments – and many things happened ever since.

There are a couple of new Icinga Web 2 modules directly integrated into the Vagrant boxes (Director, Grafana, Cube, Globe). In terms of metrics and event collecting we’ve integrated Elastic Stack with Icingabeat and also InfluxDB with Grafana. We are happy to release v1.3.0 today.

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Process Icinga Logs with Logstash

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. (more…)

Monthly Snap March: Icinga Camp, Partners, Trainings, Icingabeat, approved Puppet module

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 ;-)

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Icinga 2 v2.6.3 Release

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.

IaaS – Icinga as a Service

Icinga 2 is used by many companies in all sizes and allows you to monitor servers, applications, network hardware, services, web pages, etc. However, there is a problem when monitoring external services – many people do not have the view from the outside. You can monitor everything from your own network, but what your customer sees and uses, is not 100% guaranteed to work in this way.

Practically, Icinga 2 has a proven way to integrate Icinga 2 satellites into its own monitoring environment with its cluster and zoning concept. If you want to monitor external services, the satellite zone must be outside of your own network. Our partner NETWAYS started an open source service which offers Icinga 2 in a fully managed or satellite way.

Different locations
Icinga 2 satellite helps you to check your services from your customer’s point of view. Get insights into your service metrics by choosing different locations around the globe.

Currently available locations:

  • US West
    North California
  • Europe
    Nuremberg
  • Asia/Pacific
    Tokyo

Available Checks
There are multiple preselected check plugins available for the most common scenarios. Monitor all kinds of different services including your self-operated Icinga 2 monitoring instance. All check plugins include performance metrics like latency, execution time and status codes.

A couple of available plugins for the Icinga 2 satellite:

  • Web service checks
    HTTP(S)
  • E-Mail service checks
    IMAP/POP3, SMTP
  • Availability checks
    Ping, ICMP, TCP/UDP
  • Icinga 2
    Icinga 2’s customized protocol
Try the satellite for free

 

Full Icinga instance with Icinga Director and Grafana
Perhaps a satellite is not enough and you consider replacing your current setup. There also is a full featured Icinga instance with web based configuration and an integrated performance metric solution.

Easy configuration of your hosts and services. We offer a set of preconfigured common checks based on our varied and long lasting expertise of monitoring projects.

  • System health
  • Network protocols
  • Databases
  • Application servers

Graphed metrics help you to identify load peaks immediately. Every time Icinga 2 runs a check it also collects performance metrics. Those can be used to help you to find and understand possible bottlenecks in your infrastructure.

Metrics are saved up to 12 months. Full Icinga API support and smooth integration of the most common operating systems makes integration in a breath.

Please feel free to test both installations, the Master and the Satellite. Everything is free for 30 days!

Try the master for free

 

 

Icinga 2.6.2 Release

We’re happy to announce another minor release for Icinga 2. This release only addresses a single bug which can cause Icinga to crash when it’s trying to remove configuration files for objects which were deleted (such as comments and downtimes for hosts and services which don’t exist anymore).

Packages for Icinga 2.6.2 for the officially supported distributions should be available shortly.