The long road out of Nagios – Part 2: Centreon Engine in the Future

Centreon Engine in the Future: Simpler is Better.

In the first part of this article, we saw the history of Centreon Engine, from his inception as a replacement to Nagios, to the mature software it is now. We saw some of the issues it has successfully responded to and its limits in struggling with a growingly old codebase. The future asked for improvements made to Centreon Engine, and more precisely, for a diet.

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The long road out of Nagios – Part 1: A retrospective roadmap of Centreon Engine

Centreon’s Coming of Age

Centreon’s early history is closely tied to Nagios. Indeed, Centreon Web started out as a solution to make Nagios less complex and easier to use while maintaining its powerful flexibility that made it a favorite of the industry.

Centreon has grown up considerably since, and while it has remained true to its root, we found the need to make substantial evolutions to Nagios on our own. This need led to the creation of Centreon Engine, the subject of this article.

Most users will never see this core software. Today Centreon’s software suite, known as CES, is a complete monitoring platform that includes the three big pivotal bricks: Centreon Web, Centreon Engine and Centreon Broker, together with all the tools needed to monitor any kind of IT system. CES has been downloaded and used by thousands already and has already proven its mark. This relative obscurity can generate a lack of interest, but just as the engine in a car is essential to the car, Centreon Engine is essential to Centreon CES.

The best way to understand this is to begin by the grandaddy of Centreon Engine: Nagios.

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Gold in your database!

You might not be aware of that but a treasure is hidden in your datacenter, and more precisely, in your Centreon database. Real time data collected by your monitoring system represents a huge amount of information that you have to capitalize on.

We hear a lot about “war chest” owned by e-commerce entreprise or companies like Google and Facebook, but at our level, monitoring data might be crucial in the day-to-day IT infrastructure management and alignment on enterprise strategy.

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CES 3.0 release

We are pleased to announce the release of the distribution Centreon Enterprise Server version 3.0. After a period of beta testing for several months, this release is timely after the release of Centreon 2.5 to deliver you a new version fully updated with the latest versions of the Centreon suite components.
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