Monthly Snap November > OSMC 2017, OSDC 2018, Puppet, GitLab EE, Icinga 2, NETWAYS Startupdays, Visual Studio 2017

In November, we had our international Open Source Monitoring Conference where Markus announced the last tickets for. Julia blogged live OSMC news, and Michael explained how to replace spaces with tabs in Visual Studio 2017, while Dirk told us about Custom Datatypes in Puppet.

Nicole always brings something interesting every month, this time she showed some NETWAYS Web Services: GitLab EE and connect to your own Domain!. Noah explained Icinga 2 – CA Proxy, Christoph brought some creative stuff in “Unusual Surveillances” and Isabel shared some news on the SMSEagle.

Later in November, Dirk shared his impressions of OSMC day 1 and 2 as well as the news from the Hackathon on the last day of OSMC. Keya announced the Call for Papers for the Open Source Data Center Conference and last but not least, Philipp shared exciting news from the NETWAYS Startupdays, before the Christmas month at NETWAYS starts.

Keya Kher

Autor: Keya Kher

Keya hat im Oktober ihr Praktikum im Marketing bei NETWAYS gestartet. Letzten Dezember startete Sie gemeinsam mit Ihrem Mann das “Abenteuer Deutschland”. Seitdem lernt Sie fleißig deutsch und fühlt sich bei NETWAYS schon jetzt pudelwohl. Sie hat schon viele Erfahrungen im Social Media Marketing und ist gerade dabei auch im Grafikdesign ein Profi zu werden. Wenn sie nicht gerade dabei ist, sich kreativ auszuleben, entdeckt sie die Stadt und schmökert gerne im ein oder anderen Büchlein. Ihr Favorit ist hierbei “The Shiva Trilogy”.

Open Source Data Center Conference 2018 – Call for paper

Interested in sharing your knowledge from Open Source? We believe in “Every Open Source thought matters, speak out loud”. Have something interesting from your DevOps environment, a journey to success with many modern tools? Then make sure you don’t miss our annual Open Source Data Conference 2018 in Berlin.

It is the 10th birthday of the Open Source Data Center Conference this year. Therefore we are looking into improvements: This year’s conference covers two days with expert lectures including user stories on the latest development and current know how on open source data center solutions. Become an expert and join our adventure with Puppet, Ansible, Chef, Saltstack, Foreman, Terraform, DNS, Kubernetes, Mesos, Docker, … and everything beyond in the #Devops world.

Ticket prices have been lowered to celebrate our birthday, thanks for your support all these years! The Open Source Data Center Conference venue will be in Hotel “MOA” Berlin, Germany.

Cannot wait to share your story? Please submit your paper and make sure you’ll register for OSDC 2018 🙂 CfP ends January 31st, 2018.

Keya Kher

Autor: Keya Kher

Keya hat im Oktober ihr Praktikum im Marketing bei NETWAYS gestartet. Letzten Dezember startete Sie gemeinsam mit Ihrem Mann das “Abenteuer Deutschland”. Seitdem lernt Sie fleißig deutsch und fühlt sich bei NETWAYS schon jetzt pudelwohl. Sie hat schon viele Erfahrungen im Social Media Marketing und ist gerade dabei auch im Grafikdesign ein Profi zu werden. Wenn sie nicht gerade dabei ist, sich kreativ auszuleben, entdeckt sie die Stadt und schmökert gerne im ein oder anderen Büchlein. Ihr Favorit ist hierbei “The Shiva Trilogy”.

Monthly Snap May < GitLab CE, Icinga 2, NWS, OSDC, Ubuntu, Graphite, Puppet, SuiteCRM

In May, Achim started with GitLab CE, while Florian presented Vanilla.
Then, Lennart wrote the fifth part of his Icinga Best Practices and Isabel told us about the MultiTech MTD-H5-2.0.
Martin K. continued with external monitoring of websites and services with Icinga 2 while Julia gave a triple hurray to our OSDC-sponsors. Stefan G. gave an insight in his „Mission Loadbalancer Upgrade“ and Blerim tested Ruby applications with RSpec and WebMock.
Lennart published part 3 and 4 of „Icinga 2 – Automated Monitoring with Puppet“, Martin K. showed the benefits of our SuiteCRM Hosting while Marius G. told us the upcoming death of Ubuntu Unity.
May went on with the OSDC in Berlin and the reports from Isabel, Julia, Michi and Dirk.
Then Thomas Widhalm continued with the Carbon Relay for Graphite and Christian wrote about the Icinga 2 Satellite in NWS.
Towards the end of May, Christian announced some new webinars and Gabriel gave an insight in his work at NETWAYS!

Julia Hackbarth

Autor: Julia Hackbarth

Julia hat 2017 ihre Ausbildung zum Office Manager bei NETWAYS absolviert und währenddessen das Events&Marketing Team kennen und lieben gelernt. Besondere Freude bereiten ihr bei NETWAYS die tolle Teamarbeit und vielseitige Herausforderungen. Privat nutzt Julia ihre freie Zeit, um so oft wie möglich über’s Handballfeld zu flitzen und sich auszutoben. In ihrer neuen Rolle als Marketing Managerin freut sie sich auf spannende Aufgaben und hofft, dass ihr die Ideen für kreative Texte nicht so schnell ausgehen.

OSDC 2017 – What a great week full of open source!

Over the weekend, we caught up on missed sleep and we were really happy about the successful Open Source Data Center Conference last week in Berlin.

The OSDC 2017 began with our workshop day on Tuesday with „Graylog-Centralized Log Management“, „Mesos Marathon – Orchestrating Docker Containers“ and „Terraform – Infrastructure as Code“.

On Wednesday and Thursday attendees could join 23 interesting talks on case studies, the latest developments and best practices. CONTAINERS AND MICROSERVICES | CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT | TESTING, METICS AND ANALYSIS and TOOLS&INFRASTRUCTURE were forming the core of the conference! Details about the talks, you can get in Michi’s and Dirk’s Blogposts.

On Wednesday evening, we went to the Umspannwerk Ost. There was much sun, and so we could all sit outside and discuss the exciting days. Furthermore, it was enough time for networking, establishing contacts and becoming more familiar with the open source community!

After the conference was gone on Thursday, we were happy to meet you all in Berlin and also a little bit sad, because three exciting conference days came to an end.

At this point, it is time to say a cordial THANK YOU!

Thanks to our speakers who made us laugh and who gave us so much knowledge!
Thanks to our sponsors for the wonderful support and your confidence!
Thanks to our attendees for making the OSDC unique!

We’ll hope to see you all next year! The date for 2018 is already fixed.

The pictures, slides and videos of the OSDC will be available soon!

OSDC 2018 | June 14 – 16, 2018 | Berlin

Julia Hackbarth

Autor: Julia Hackbarth

Julia hat 2017 ihre Ausbildung zum Office Manager bei NETWAYS absolviert und währenddessen das Events&Marketing Team kennen und lieben gelernt. Besondere Freude bereiten ihr bei NETWAYS die tolle Teamarbeit und vielseitige Herausforderungen. Privat nutzt Julia ihre freie Zeit, um so oft wie möglich über’s Handballfeld zu flitzen und sich auszutoben. In ihrer neuen Rolle als Marketing Managerin freut sie sich auf spannende Aufgaben und hofft, dass ihr die Ideen für kreative Texte nicht so schnell ausgehen.

OSDC 2017: Community connects

After a fully packed and entertaining first day at OSDC, we really enjoyed the evening event at Umspannwerk Ost. Warm weather, tasty food and lots of interesting discussions, just relaxing a bit and preparing for day 2 🙂

 

Warming up

Grabbed a coffee and started with Julien Pivotto on Automating Jenkins. Continuous integration matters these days and there’s not only Jenkins but also GitLab CI and more. Julien told us why automation for Jenkins is needed. Likewise, “XML Everywhere” makes configuration a bit tad hard. Same thing goes for plugins, you literally can’t run Jenkins without. Julien also told us “don’t edit XML”, but go for example for Groovy and the Jenkins /script API endpoint. The Jenkins pipeline plugin even allows to use YAML as config files. In terms of managing the daemon, I learned about “init.groovy.d” to manage and fire additional Groovy scripts. You can use the Job DSL Groovy plugin to define jobs in a declarative manner.

Julien’s talk really was an impressive deep dive leading to Jenkins running Docker and more production hints. After all an amazing presentation, like James said 🙂

I decided to stay in MOA5 for the upcoming talks and will happily await the conference archive once videos are uploaded in the next couple of days.

Casey Calendrello from CoreOS led us into the evolution of the container network interface. I’m still a beginner with containers, Kubernetes and also how networks are managed with it, so I learned quite a lot. CNI originates from rkt and is now built as separate project and library for Go-built software. Casey provided an impressive introduction and deep dive on how to connect your containers to the network – bridged, NAT, overlay networks and their pros and cons. CNI also provides many plugins to create and manage specific interfaces on your machine. It’s magic, and lots of mentioned tool names certainly mean I need to look them up and start to play to fully understand the capabilities 😉

Yesterday Seth Vargo from HashiCorp had 164 slides and promised to just have 18 today, us moving to lunch soon. Haha, no – it is live demo time with modern secrets management with Vault. We’ve also learned that Vault was developed and run at HashiCorp internally for over a year. It received a security review by the NCC group before actually releasing it as open source. Generally speaking it is “just” an encrypted key value store for secrets. Seth told us “our” story – create a database password once, write it down and never change it for years. And the process to ask the DBA to gain access is so complicated, you just save the plain-text password somewhere in your home directory 😉

Live demo time – status checks and work with key creation. Manage PostgreSQL users and credentials with vault – wow, that simple? That’s now on the TODO list to play with too. Seth also released the magic Vault demo as open source on GitHub right after, awesome!

 

Enjoying the afternoon

We had tasty lunch and were glad to see Felix Frank following up with “Is that an Ansible? Stop holding it like a Puppet!” – hilarious talk title already. He provided an overview on the different architecture and naming schemas, community modules (PuppetForge, Ansible Galaxy) and also compared the configuration syntax (Hash-Like DSL, YAML). Both tools have their advantages, but you certainly shouldn’t enforce one’s mode onto the other.

Puh, I learned so many things today already. I’ve unfortunately missed Sebastian giving an introduction about our very own NETWAYS Web Services platform managed with Mesos and Marathon (I rest assured it was just awesome).

After a short coffee break we continued to make decisions – previously Puppet vs. Ansible, now VMware vs. Rudder, location-wise. I decided to listen to Dr. Udo Seidel diving into “VMware’s (Open Source) way of Container“. VMWare is traditionally not very open source friendly, but things are changing. Most likely you’ve heard about Photon OS serving as minimal container host. It was an interesting talk about possibilities with VmWare, but still, I left the talk with the “yet another platform” feeling.

Last talk for a hilarious day about so many learnt things is about containerized DBs by Claus Matzinger from Crate.io. CrateDB provides shared nothing architecture and includes partitioning, auto-sharing, replication. It event supports structured and unstructured data plus SQL language. Sounds promising after all.

Dirk talked about Foreman as lifecycle management tool in MOA4, too bad I missed it.

 

Conclusion

Coffee breaks and lunch unveiled so many interesting discussions. Food was really tasty and I’m sure everyone had a great time, so did I. My personal highlights this year: Follow-up Seth’s talk and try Consul and Vault and do a deep dive into mgmt and tell James about it. Learn more about Ansible and put it into context with Puppet, like Felix has shown in his talk. As always, I’m in love with Elastic beats and will follow closely how to log management evolves, also on the Graylog side of life (2.3 is coming soon, Jan and Bernd promised).

Many thanks to our sponsor Thomas Krenn AG for being with so long. And also for the tasty Linzer Torte – feels like home 🙂

Thanks for a great conference, safe travels home and see you all next year!

Save the date for OSDC 2018: 12. – 14.6.2018!

 

Michael Friedrich

Autor: Michael Friedrich

Michael ist seit vielen Jahren Icinga Developer und hat sich Ende 2012 in das Abenteuer NETWAYS gewagt. Ein Umzug von Wien nach Nürnberg mit der Vorliebe, österreichische Köstlichkeiten zu importieren – so mancher Kollege verzweifelt an den süchtig machenden Dragee-Keksi. Oder schlicht am österreichischen Dialekt der gerne mit Thomas im Büro intensiviert wird (“Jo eh.”).
Wenn sich Michael mal nicht im Monitoring-Portal helfend meldet, arbeitet er am nächsten LEGO-Projekt oder geniesst das schöne Nürnberg. Oder – at an Icinga Camp near you 😉

OSDC 2017 – How it went on!

After the talks on Wednesday were finished, two OSDC-VIP buses stood in front of the MOA Hotel. After all attendees found their seats, we drove threw the whole city and finally reached the Umspannwerk Ost.

Bright Sunshine, perfect. As in the last year, there was a huge variety of culinary delights. Due to the bright sunshine till the evening hours, most of us sat outside the listed building, which is the oldest substation in Berlin. With some soft drinks and yummy food (look at the pictures), the evening ran its course.

As a little surprise for the attendees, we organised a kicker. Not a standard kicker, but a kicker for more than four persons. It was really funny!
And so the hours passed until the third shuttle VIP-Bus brought all of us back to the conference hotel. After a very short night, the talks for today started on time. What the talks are about, you can find out in Michi’s Blogpost after the conference has been finished.

For our events team, it’s now the final spurt, before the post processing may start tomorrow. We hope, all attendees have an interesting second conference day and a save journey home!

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2018 | June 12-14

 

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Julia Hackbarth

Autor: Julia Hackbarth

Julia hat 2017 ihre Ausbildung zum Office Manager bei NETWAYS absolviert und währenddessen das Events&Marketing Team kennen und lieben gelernt. Besondere Freude bereiten ihr bei NETWAYS die tolle Teamarbeit und vielseitige Herausforderungen. Privat nutzt Julia ihre freie Zeit, um so oft wie möglich über’s Handballfeld zu flitzen und sich auszutoben. In ihrer neuen Rolle als Marketing Managerin freut sie sich auf spannende Aufgaben und hofft, dass ihr die Ideen für kreative Texte nicht so schnell ausgehen.