Rootconf 2016

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The transition: Manual => Automated => Distributed monitoring

Submitted by saurabh hirani (@saurabh-hirani) on Friday, 15 January 2016

Section: Crisp talk Technical level: Intermediate Session type: Demo Status: Confirmed & Scheduled

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Everyone talks the benefits of having an automated monitoring system in place - one which can discover
infrastructure components as they are added, monitor them while they are alive and stop monitoring when
they are moved out. But no one has chronicled their journey through the process of automating a manually
maintained monitoring system and showcased their battle scars for others to learn from. That’s what
we are going to talk about.


We moved our monitoring systems from a manually maintained icinga 1.x (nagios compatible) setup to an automated, distributed icinga2 infrastructure. This talk is going to cover the following topics:

  • The challenges of monitoring a distributed infrastructure
  • A manually maintained nagios setup and its limitations
  • Prepping for moving to an automated monitoring setup
  • Collating data from multiple host sources
  • Progressive cutover from manual to automated monitoring


Curiosity and an itch to automate all things manual.

Speaker bio

Currently working as a Senior DevOps engineer at BlueJeans. I enjoy automating infrastructure and contributing to the open source community.

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  •   Virendra Singh Bhalothia (@bhalothia) 4 years ago

    Just checked slides..I think you’re ready for the talk already. ;)

  •   Zainab Bawa (@zainabbawa) 4 years ago

    Saurabh, glad to see a proposal from you after a really good talk at Rootconf 2015. We need an outline of this talk to evaluate better.

    •   saurabh hirani (@saurabh-hirani) Proposer 4 years ago

      Sure. Will work on the slides and add them.

      •   saurabh hirani (@saurabh-hirani) Proposer 4 years ago

        Uploaded slides.

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