Part 2: New Benefits Offered by CES 3.2

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With the release of CES version 3.2 recently, we explained the difference between Centreon software and CES.  To recap, CES is our industry-grade enterprise solution that groups a large set of key monitoring benefits made possible by the Centreon software suite.

In this 2nd part, we summarize some key benefits that are now part of CES 3.2, the third version of CES 3.x based on Cent0S 6.x.  It obviously integrates all system updates provided by CentOS.

Optimized Trio for Even Better Performance

CES 3.2 reinforces the complete pairing of Centreon Engine and Centreon Broker with the Centreon web interface, optimizing overall performance.   The benefits have been notable, particularly because:

  • No hard re-boot is needed when changing your configuration; ensuring that your monitoring activity continues with no interruption or downtime;
  • New compression functionalities reduce bandwidth consumption;
  • New encryption functionalities better align  with the  requirements of your system’s security, ensuring secure services in  the DMZ.
  • And, when your poller link to the server drops, the integrated Centreon Broker continues to autonomously store monitored data.  When the connection resumes, this data is automatically communicated and transferred back to the server. It ensures nothing is lost and increases the overall resilience of your monitoring system.

As such, we’ve removed Nagios® and NDOutils as options during installation, due to their increasing incompatibility to Centreon’s web interface.

Centreon 2.6.1

As announced last month, the Centreon web user interface in the form of version 2.6 delivers a number of key improvements that also benefit users of CES 3.2.  To recap, they include:

  • Improved ACL management to allow up to 30 users to operate the same platform, working on more than 200,000 checks at a time;
  • More user efficiency, for instance in leveraging SNMP Traps or reconstructing a reporting view in the case of an incident;
  • The introduction of criticality inheritance and use of templates to help define host and dependent service cluster’s criticality;
  • And updated compatibility with PhP 5.4.x to facilitate easier installation with Debian 7, Ubuntu 13.04.

Centreon Broker 2.8

Centreon Broker, as users would know, effectively stores your monitoring results from Centreon Engine in a centralized and structured database.  Version 2.8 enables real-time computation of the availability of your IT business activities, previously possible only in Centreon BAM 3.0.

Centreon CLAPI 1.7

Centreon CLAPI also features new developments that allow monitoring operators to manage configuration changes more efficiently.  For instance, you can now schedule a specific downtime or needed recurrences, along with the set-up of related service dependencies.  Both can be done directly from the command line API of Centreon CLAPI.

Key Technical Updates

Since CES 3.1, the ISO file contains the updates of all the system components with their dependencies, totalling 53 RPM* packages. In parallel, all of the Centreon components and their related dependencies have also been included in the updates:

CES 3.1 CES 3.2
CentOS 6.6 (Kernel 2.6.32-504.1.3) CentOS 6.6 (Kernel 2.6.32-504.16.2)
Centreon 2.5.4 Centreon 2.6.1
Centreon Engine 1.4.8 Centreon Engine 1.4.13
Centreon Broker 2.7.0 Centreon Broker 2.8.2
Centreon CLAPI 1.6.0 Centreon CLAPI 1.7.1

RPM* packages that only incorporate the dependencies of Centreon and the updates of certain Centreon widgets total 19.

As a reminder, know that it is possible to directly use the Centreon repositories within the compatible Cent0S or RHEL v6.x environment; or treat the DVD as a local repository for updating servers that are not connected to the Internet.

* The number of packages is computed based on a basic installation of CES without additional components or packages.

Next week: part 3 on installing CES 3.2 in a jiffy.

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