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Long-awaited, geolocation finally arrives in Centreon Map!!!
Goodbye static map background, hello modern cartography.
This new feature allows you to create and navigate on real maps with all Centreon Map possibilities. On these new maps, you can position your images, geometric shapes and Centreon resources by a simple drag and drop; the lat/long coordinates will be automatically calculated.
You can also set the lat/long coordinates of your resources via CSV file and automatically place these resources in a map. Then, you can quickly add a geographical view to your existing views to display your geolocated resources.
The CSV file format and details of the import procedure are available on the online documentation.
This new feature can be used to complement existing views and allows you to easily integrate them to a new map.
I propose to illustrate this with a case study.
John is head of the monitoring service. He monitors thousands of hosts distributed on several sites on the planet. That is why he uses the Centreon softwares in particular Centreon BAM and Centreon Map.
Some of these sites are represented by “geographical host groups”. For others, John uses Centreon BAM to obtain a global relevant indicator of the site.
He would like to see all these Centreon resources on a map.
John has already designed in details some sites in containers, with Centreon Map. Most of them are composed by firewalls, routers and servers. He also monitors the security cameras, desktops and printers. These containers are grouped in the view named ‘Sites’, they are not geolocated yet and displayed in this view alphabetically.
From the version 3.6.0 of Centreon Map, John can position these sites on a map. *applause*
The procedure to follow is simple.
He just has to create a new view named ‘World’ and activate the geographic mode. To get a better view of the root map, John creates containers to group sites by geographic areas.
Each of these containers is centered on its geographical area with an adapted zoom level. Thus, the ‘World’ view provides an areas overview in the world; each containers offer a clearer view of the content areas.
John only has to place the containers that he has done in the view ‘Sites’ in these areas. For this, he can transform a container into view and vice versa. So he can turn its container-sites into views and add them to his new view ‘World’. He can then easily locate the sites on the map using drag and drop.
Designed container-sites have been moved from their initial view ‘Sites’ and positioned in the view ‘World’. He still has host groups, hosts and Centreon BAM to position on this map.
John manages all Centreon resources coordinates in another software. With an data export and a simple transformation, he creates a Centreon Map CSV import file.
This file allows him to add the missing resources to the map which now includes all of its geolocated resources.
Finally, he may customize the visual aspect of his map playing with the style, size and shape of objects displayed.
To try this new version, visit the Centreon site.