CeBIT Open Source 2011 - Project Presentation Icinga


During CeBIT 2011 open source projects such as Icinga, enterprise grade open source monitoring system, will have the opportunity to showcase what is currently in active development.

Short and sweet: How would you describe your project in one or two sentences?

Icinga is an enterprise grade open source monitoring system- it keeps watch over networks and any conceivable network resource, notifies the user of errors and recoveries and generates performance data for reporting. Scalable and extensible, Icinga can monitor complex, large environments across dispersed locations.


When did the project begin?

May 2009

How many active members does the project have?

22 members on the Icinga team, and growing!

Why was the project created?

Icinga a fork of Nagios, a renowned open source monitoring system. It arose from an idle period where a group of active, long standing community supporters resolved to meet the unanswered fixes and feature requests, and ensure the vibrancy of the open source monitoring community. From a kitchen table of enthusiasts to an international team of developers, Icinga has grown to become a worthy contender on the monitoring scene.

Why should a CeBIT visitor come to your booth?

If you have heard of Nagios and open source monitoring, you should check out the descendant Icinga. Beyond a simple fork, Icinga offers greater flexibility in its modular architecture with standalone core, UI & database and support of Oracle, PostgreSQL as well as MySQL. Icinga's dynamic, Agavi based web interface is worth a look alone.


Who do you make your software for?

Icinga is for any individual, small business or multinational conglomerate who needs to ensure the smooth operation of their networks, servers and applications. Anything can be monitored, from the availability of a website to the temperature of a server room.

Where do you see your biggest current challenges?

When it comes to development, it is always important to find the balance between new and existing features. This is also the case for Icinga and the large communities around it we constantly juggle introducing new features with maintaining old implementations.

If you could hire a full-time project developer now, what problem should he or she be ready to solve?

Thanks to the large community around Icinga and open source monitoring, we hope to be able to rise to all challenges as we are. Where we have the greatest work to do is however without a doubt in the Core API which we have planned for this year.

Under which license is the software currently offered?

Of course: GPL v3 - General Public License and completely free

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