Nagios Conference 2007


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A presentation I gave at NagiosKonferenz in Nuremberg in October, 2007. Here I discussed using Nagios as a framework for hardware-based monitoring and the necessary community interactions between proprietary hardware vendors and the open source Nagios community.

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    1. 1. ® Nagios: A Framework for Hardware-based Monitoring October 11, 2007 Kevin Menard Servprise International, Inc. +1 508.892.3823 x308
    2. 2. Nagios Out-of-the-box • Only monitors part of network – Software-based services – Hardware via SNMP
    3. 3. Structure of Modern Networks
    4. 4. Need for Hardware Plugins • Necessary for total network coverage • Monitor non-network services • Take corrective action with hardware
    5. 5. SNMP isn’t Enough • Difficult for complex operations • MIB management can be a hassle • Security – Non-existent security until SNMPv3 – May require holes in firewall • Need hardware-specific plugins
    6. 6. Nagios as Mediator • Register event handlers with checks • Execute event handlers due to checks • Schedule checks based on event handlers • Simple checks, simple event handlers
    7. 7. Hardware-based Plugins • Handle complex interactions • Provide semantic meaning • Provide hardware-specific error messages
    8. 8. Web Service-enabled Hardware • Standards-defined interface (W3C) • Supports most modern programming languages • Lower cost of client support • Lower cost for client development
    9. 9. Web Service Security • Use SSL channel (HTTPS) • Use HTTP authentication methods • No special firewall rules needed
    10. 10. Vendor Value Proposition • Push complex monitoring to 3rd party • Support widely deployed monitoring app • Potential for community contributions
    11. 11. Nagios Value Proposition • Total network coverage • Push development off to vendor • Competitive advantage against other monitoring applications
    12. 12. What Can Nagios Do? • Can’t develop plugins for everything • Register support with vendors • Perhaps ship packaged up plugins – Simpler for end users • Develop an ontology of actions
    13. 13. Example Ontology of Actions
    14. 14. Ontology Benefits • Common set of checks • Common set of corrective actions • Materialized by command definitions • Vendor interoperability • Minimized configuration
    15. 15. Ontology Representation • Use W3C’s OWL standard • XSL transformation to command definitions • Vendors “plug-in” command, keep command name the same
    16. 16. What Can Vendors Do? • Embrace open source • Use open interface – Can still shield proprietary internals • Produce open source plugins using interface
    17. 17. Working with Nagios Community • Users – Know what they want to use – Can offer great suggestions • Developers – Know Nagios internals – Can offer technical support • Neither are obligated – Quid pro quo
    18. 18. Plugin Licensing • Nagios is GPL • Plugins are not necessarily derived works • Plugins that do not use GPL code do not need to be GPL • Non-open source unlikely to succeed, but doable
    19. 19. Conclusion • Lot of value for Nagios, vendors • Symbiotic relationship between them • Nagios can technically support vendors, needs to support them at higher level • Vendors need to work with Nagios community • End users win
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    21. 21. Acknowledgements • Nagios community • Netways • Servprise staff • Special thanks to: – Melanie Bolduc – Ethan Galstad