Releasing RealOpInsight Workstation 3.0.2

June 24th, 2014. RealOpInsight Labs, a leading open-source player in designed lmultisource business service monitoring systems announced the maintenance release RealOpInsight Workstation 3.0.2. This release fixes two major bugs as described below:

  • Fixed editor crash on native check service deletion (ticket #28)
  • Fixed missing librairies in Windows binaries causing fail on Windows plugin loading (ticket #29)

Quick Links

Tutorial: How to Import Zabbix triggers as Data Points into RealOpInsight Editor

Last week, we released the version 3.0.1 of RealOpInsight Workstation with a highly user-demanded feature: the ability to import data points (Zabbix triggers, Nagios checks, Zenoss components) from monitors to the RealOpInsight Editor. The aim being to ease the edition of description files by enabling the ability to set data points through a selection list, thereby avoiding the typing complexity and the related typo errors.

As usual this feature is fully documented, you’ll find appropriated resources in the RealOpInsight Editor user’s manual. In this article, we aim to present a concrete tutorial showing the importation of Zabbix triggers as data points into the RealOpInsight Editor. You’ll find below a step-by-step guide with screenshot illustrations.

Announcing RealOpInsight Workstation maintenance release 3.0.1

May 31st, 2014. The RealOpInsight Team is pleased to announce RealOpInsight Workstation 3.0.1. This release brings bug fixes while enabling a significant enhancement on the Editor. This enhancement, highly requested by our users, concerns the ability to automatically import Zabbix triggers and Zenoss components within the Editor. Supplementing the existing ability to import Nagios checks from status file, this feature simplifies the edition of description files while minimizing typo errors. Now in two clicks users would be able to select data points using a selection list.

Read the release notes or go straight to download.

RealOpInsight Workstation 3.0.0 is Out !

May 14th, 2014. After many weeks of testing, the RealOpInsight Team is proud to announce the final release of RealOpInsight Workstation 3.0.0. Codenamed Eliana, this release introduces important changes and bug fixes regarding the beta release. See the release notes.

As usual, downloads are available as source tarballs and binaries for Windows and many Linux distributions including Debian, openSUSE and Fedora. 

Moreover, still in goal to always simplify the installation of our products, we’re also pleased to announce the immediate availability of installation repositories for Fedora and openSUSE. Other repositories will come soon.

We hope that our users will really enjoy this release that took us several months of hard work

Enjoy !

Announcing oneInsight – A visualization Addon for OpenNebula

We’re pleased to announce oneInsight, a visualization addon for OpenNebula that allows users to have at-a-glance, an insight of the load of managed hosts. It provides various kinds of load mappings, that currently include the following metrics:

  • CPU used by OpenNebula-managed virtual machines;
  • Memory used by managed virtual machines;
  • Effective CPU used by all system processes, including processes outside of managed virtual machines;
  • Effective memory used by all system processes.

Here is a screenshot showing an overview of CPU used.

Benefits

oneInsight enables many benefits, as well for cloud operators than for business managers:

  • Provides a simple and comprehensible load charting that allows you to have at-a-glance an accurate insight on how servers are loaded, so to let you plan migrations and capacity upgrading if necessary;
  • Provides, via tooltip and popup, details about each server in zero or one click;
  • High class visualization that saves you from command line output;
  • Lightweight HTML/Javascript stack that can be deployed on any server within your IT infrastructure, just need a valid OpenNebula user account and a network access to OpenNebula server.

About the Contribution

oneInsight is hosted like add-on by OpenNebula project, read the announcement in the OpenNebula blog.

oneInsight is a new project, and there is a lot of things concerning data visualization in OpenNebula. Contributors are welcome, we apply the Github Pull Request model for contributions in code and documentation.

On behalf of RealOpInsight Labs,

Rodrigue Chakode

The 1st beta version of RealOpInsight 3.0.0 is out !

April 07th, 2014. The RealOpInsight Team is pleased to announce the beta releases of RealOpInsight 3.0.0. This release brings notable exciting changes including:

  • The introduction of a web-edition of RealOpInsight. Named RealOpInsight Ultimate, this edition targets servers environments. With focus on federating management and access control, it enables administrators and operations managers to have full control on monitoring data.
  • The standard edition of RealOpInsight is now named RealOpInsight Workstation. It targets desktop environments, givent full control to end-users to create and manage its monitoring views.
  • Huge refactoring and code simplification
  • Port to Qt 5.x
  • Livestatus is now the default mode selected for retrieving monitoring data when setting Nagios-based sources. The use of ngrt4nd needs to be explicitly enabled.
  • Fixed ticket #25 enabling the ability to cancel the basic authentication for Nagios
  • Fixed close action on preference window (ticket #24)
  • Moved piechart from the map to lelf side
  • Improved charting rendering: cleanup and new algorithms
  • Change default operations console size to 1024 x 768

RealOpInsight Labs: our new brand name

Dear users,

As you may have seen via our twitter account and our website, we are excited to announce that our project is now named RealOpInsight Labs.

Ok, why this change?

First, NGRT4N Project was historically related to NGRT4N — the former name of RealOpInsight. For our community, this appeared difficult to quickly link the project with the software. Moreover, as what motivated the change of the software name from NGRT4N to RealOpInsight, the acronym NGRT4N seemed difficult to memorize.

So, what’ll changes? For us, a better visibility for our project and for you, nothing major. Just that if you were using the former name to refer to the project somewhere, please consider to update this information.

Looking forward for other cool things we reserve to you this year.

On behalf of RealOpInsight Labs.

2013: Year in Review for RealOpInsight

2013 was an amazing year in open source IT monitoring and RealOpInsight. It’s time to make a review of the path covered so far, while providing an overview of the roadmap for the next months.

We can’t start this review without mentioning our pride to have initiated this software there are more than 3 years now. By its originality and its focus on business, RealOpInsight is being deeply changing the way of monitoring with Nagios, Zabbix, Zenoss, Icinga, Shinken, Zenoss, Centreon, Shinken, etc.

After a phase of huge improvements, in 2013, the development of RealOpInsight was marked by the introduction of the supports for Zabbix, Zenoss and Livestatus. This latter significantly improved the performances and the scalability of RealOpInsight with Nagios-based monitoring systems.

There were also a lot of bug fixes, and the introduction of binary packages that cover more than 20 versions of operating systems now. In parallel, the number of downloads, users, and contributors has grew very significantly; we passed from an average of 200 downloads a month, to more than 1000 downloads a month.

2013 was also marked by other important events. First of all, RealOpInsight has been introduced in the Zabbix third party tools page. Additionally, we attended at numerous open source and/or IT monitoring conferences and events: HumanTalks in France, Free Software Meeting in Belgium, and Nagios North America World Conference in USA (Minnesota). That was opportunities to share our experience and get feedbacks from the attendees. The feedbacks are very encouraging and motivating for us and the project.

We’d like to note that this would have been not possible without you, RealOpInsight’s users and contributors. So, we want to give a huge THANKS! to all our users, and contributors. A special thanks to Richard Gate, for its great contribution in testing on OS X, and to Haikel Guemar, for its permanent advices

2014 is another year, another year for new challenges. A lot of radical improvements is expected. Of course, we still count on you, RealOpInsight’s users and contributors. You’re welcome to, at your option, test the software and report bugs, fix bugs, improve the documentation, make a review or blog about the software, donate, or just to send us an encouraging message.

Before ending this blog, we’d also like to take this opportunity to wish you health and success in 2014 !.

On behalf of NGRT4N Project.

RealOpInsight v2.4.0 is Out for Testing

As promised, with a few delay, we’re proud to announce the immediate availability of the beta version of RealOpInsight 2.4.0. Codenamed Foederare (Federator in Latin), this release targets distributed monitoring environments by bringing – among others new features and enhancements – the possibility to deal with business service views based on homogeneous/heterogeneous distributed monitoring servers. You can have business service views that rely on probes managed by Nagios, Zabbix, Zenoss, Icinga, and any other RealOpInsight-compatible monitoring system simultaneously. See the release notes for details about changes. Downloads are available at the same place.

Move to Unified Monitoring with Business Focus

While monitoring was becoming a requirement of IT infrastructures, the last two decades has been marked by the emerging of a huge ecosystem of monitoring tools (both proprietary and open source). A recent study from Forrester Research for Zenoss company shows that a lot of companies use many monitoring tools simultaneously.  And since each tool is siloed and can’t cooperate with others, this leads to a major impediment to productivity.

A good solution to this problem requires converging tools allowing (i)to make the different tools cooperating, while (ii)providing unified dashboards that will enable IT staff to have an end-to-end view on the healthy of infrastructures.

Visionnaries, we at NGRT4N Project are ahead concerning these problematics. RealOpInsight is today the only real solution designed to focus on business services instead of wasting time on false/irrelevant alterts. And that’s not all. We are taking another step ahead with the version 2.4 of the software.  This release will enable dashboards able to gather information from multiple homogeneous or heterogeneous monitoring systems simultaneously. See the architecture on figure below. Nagios, Zabbix, Zenoss, Shinken, Centreon and GroundWork are few of the supported systems. Each dashboard can deal with up to 10 sources in parallel.

Stay tuned, here we are already working on the future of IT management!