CES 3.2 is out! But what is CES?

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Last month, we released Centreon 2.6.  Today, it’s CES 3.2.  For those not familiar with Centreon solutions, this might cause some confusion. What’s the difference, you might ask?

To help you understand, I’ve put together this short 3-part series.  Part one briefly explains our software history, solution concept and advantages of CES.

Let’s start with Centreon

Centreon, in the early days, started out as a GUI to make it easy for users to configure and exploit the Nagios® engine for IT monitoring. That was more than 12 years ago when we were a fledgling start-up.

Centreon Engine and Centreon Broker have since been developed, eliminating the need for Nagios® and NDOutils. Our customers tell us the result has been better performance and simpler monitoring extensibility.

Centreon as a software, has in fact evolved into a comprehensive suite of IT monitoring modules that takes care of the job: from data retrieval, real-time correlations, right up to push notifications of alerts, easily viewed on a common web user interface.  Centreon 2.6 (the Centreon web interface) is part of this modular software suite.

The Centreon software suite, when made to work together, is a complete workflow process. It enables the polling of pertinent indicators from any IT assets and infrastructure in a transparent manner – seamlessly integrating within your enterprise environment.

The goal is to cut the time you spend analyzing your IT infrastructure because with Centreon, you are getting consistent insight from your IT systems and network performance service indicators round the clock.

So what then is CES?

CES: The One-Stop Enterprise Monitoring Solution

You could say that CES (Centreon Enterprise Server) is our industry-grade enterprise solution.  It groups a set of key monitoring benefits delivered by the Centreon software suite.  And it includes so much more to make your life as a professional IT stakeholder easy.

CES is all about cost-efficiency and accelerated time to production.  To understand CES, imagine that you’d like to integrate Centreon’s software suite whereby installation will likely include:

  • Operating system
  • Needed plug-ins – either developed yourself or sourced from developer communities
  • Centreon Engine
  • Centreon Broker
  • The RRD and MariaDB DBMS to store your data
  • Centreon web and processes
  • Complementary module add-ons
  • Necessary interdependent components
  • etc …

With CES, all this becomes a matter of placing our ISO into your disk reader and following a few basic graphic user instructions.  You could leave for a short coffee break and come back to find your installation done.

10 Reasons CES Makes Good Enterprise Sense

To sum up, 10 key reasons really make the CES range advantageous for you as an enterprise IT stakeholder.  It takes into account your lean IT team resources, skillset and thrifty budgets to tailor to your needs.

  1. Installed, operational and documented monitoring within a few hours, not weeks;
  2. Comprehensive monitoring system that includes integration of OS (e.g. CentOS), system components, Centreon components and its interdependent elements associated to RHEL systems; everything packaged using RPM format;
  3. A choice of pre-configured components to facilitate installation in a distributed network environment, i.e. installation of a Centreon central server with or without MariaDB, installation of a MariaDB server, and installation of monitoring pollers;
  4. A standardized platform to ensure a homogeneous distributed architecture;
  5. Simple software updates via “YUM”;

Plus the options of …

  1. Having total control with efficient and fast configuration using Centreon’s plugin-packs;
  2. Automatic back-up module of your entire monitoring database and plugins, as well as the pollers;
  3. Reliable enterprise-efficient technical support in addition to collaborative open source community support;
  4. Built-in professional consulting expertise and services;
  5. Seamlessly adding on Centreon Map, BAM and BI to make monitoring strategically more valuable to your management and business leaders.

The cool thing is that the standard version of CES is fully open source and you can freely download it for unlimited use.  A community of long-term users and the industry’s open source IT monitoring enthusiasts readily provide help and support.

Setting up IT systems and network performance monitoring should not have to be costly, time-consuming or complicated.  It just needs to be a seamless part of your ITOM (IT operations and management) so that you are free to focus on the more strategic aspects of the business.

Find out which CES version best fits your enterprise needs; or if you prefer, contact one of our team members at sales[@]centreon.com.

Next week: part-2 on the benefits of CES 3.2.

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