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Lucas Schill Brent Grover Ed Schilla Advisor: Danny Miller. Project S.i.n . projectsin.info. Overview. Comparison of Nagios, Shinken, and Icinga Performance comparison of common features Usability Scalability Extra feature testing for usability Scoring procedures. What it is.

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lucas schill brent grover ed schilla advisor danny miller
Lucas Schill

Brent Grover

Ed Schilla

Advisor: Danny Miller

Project S.i.n.projectsin.info

overview
Overview
  • Comparison of Nagios, Shinken, and Icinga
    • Performance comparison of common features
    • Usability
    • Scalability
    • Extra feature testing for usability
    • Scoring procedures
what it is
What it is
  • Monitoring System
    • Runs checks
    • Ability to alert
    • Track trends
  • Centralized Interaction
    • Monitor many devices from one location
    • View all states
goals
Goals
  • Provide an in-depth analysis of the software.
    • System load
    • Network Load
    • Usability
  • Complete the project this semester
setbacks
Setbacks
  • Hardware
    • Limited hardware availability
    • Bad RAM
  • Support
    • OS Licensing
    • Monitoring software support
client setup
Client Setup
  • KVM
    • 5 host machines
    • 297 Debian clients
    • Scripted installation and management
    • Minimal client installation
      • 64MB RAM
      • 1GB disk space
  • Windows Clients
    • 3 Windows 7 clients with NSClient++
  • 100 clients for each software suite
nagios
Nagios
  • Version 3.4.4
  • Written in C
  • Web Interface
    • Exfoliation
  • Nagios Open Source
    • Free to use
    • Forum Support
  • Nagios XI
    • User Interface
    • Framework
    • Enterprise Support
nagios continued
Nagios (continued)
  • Nagios Version 4
    • Not yet available
    • Complete rewrite
  • Support
    • Currently unable to receive direct support
nagios thoughts
Nagios - Thoughts
  • Simple
    • Could use more features
  • Difficult to configure
    • Confusing configuration file layout
    • Would be better with a database as a backend
  • Stable
    • Lacks features but works well
icinga
Icinga
  • Version 1.8.4
  • Modular
  • Written in C
  • Classic Web
    • Automated Apache integration
  • Icinga-cmd group
    • Apache, Icinga user, etc
  • Authentication
icinga continued
Icinga(continued)
  • Check scripts run locally
    • Check_by_ssh
  • Similar to Nagios
  • Third party plugins/scripts
    • Embedded perl interpretation
  • Config changes so far:
    • Check intervals
icinga continued1
Icinga(continued)
  • Windows integration
  • Icinga 2.0
  • New Web
icinga thoughts
Icinga- Thoughts
  • Quick
  • Highly customizable
  • Easy to install
  • Not very independent, or a “Fork”
  • Easy to change the installation (modular)
  • Third party scripts - simple
shinken
Shinken
  • Version 1.2.3
  • Designed as a Nagios drop in replacement that provides many of the features Nagios lacks by default
  • Written in Python
  • Open source
  • Very modular
shinken thoughts
Shinken - Thoughts
  • Custom built installer
    • Installs all dependencies, configures the system, and can install additional plug-ins
  • Configuration
    • Complex, Nagios with Shinken mixed in
    • SkonfWebUI Beta
  • Interface
    • Looks good, lacks functionality
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Nagios was the best over all
    • No major downsides, or upsides
  • Shinken & Icinga tied in second.
    • Each strong in some areas, but weak in others
  • Final score (out of 10)
    • Nagios: 7.8
    • Icinga: 7.1
    • Shinken: 7.1
load graphs
Load Graphs

Nagios

Icinga

Shinken

memory graphs
Memory Graphs

Nagios

Icinga

Shinken

network graphs
Network Graphs

Nagios

Icinga

Shinken

final thoughts
Final Thoughts
  • Testing advanced features
  • Individual priorities
    • Shinken great backend
    • Icinga great frontend
  • Open source – combine projects
  • Fun and rewarding project
questions
Questions?

Ice breaker, ask about this ^