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“After more than a dozen issues, the monitoring conference still does not address the issues. Again this year, numerous admins filled the halls in Nuremberg.
The hype about artificial intelligence is just omnipresent. The AI apologists often raise expectations that the technology can not fulfill. In any case, the intelligent, self-assured robot, which outshines the human being in all respects, is still a long way off, if he should ever become reality.
The Artificial Intelligence applications presented by Susanne Greiner in a lecture at the beginning of November at the Open Source Monitoring Conference in Nuremberg are much more down-to-earth and at the same time of tangible, practical value. The speaker focused on AI in performance monitoring, that is about detecting outliers and patterns in recorded sets of sensor data.
For this purpose, she uses methods of statistics and machine learning and can thus detect, for example, deviations from the normal state, which would have remained undetected in a mere consideration of mean values.
Predictions for the future can also be derived from the analyzes (forecasting). In order to get to data that realistically reflects the user experience, the speaker partly drew on special software for simulating user interaction.
A wide range of topics
Already this example shows the enjoyable diversity of this conference, for the first time, there were three parallel tracks this year. Their spectrum ranged from introducing new features in proven monitoring suites such as Open NMS, Sensu or Icinga to discussing monitoring issues in cloud and microservice applications, from log analytics to field reports from large environments.
The latter category included a talk by Jens Schanz, who supervises 830 branches throughout Europe by Icinga at the drugstore chain Müller. This includes 1800 Linux and 500 Windows hosts in three data centers, plus lots of printers, POS systems, EC terminals or active network components.
A particular challenge for him comes from the need to filter out the really critical clues from the vast amount of information – from, all in all, about 205,000 service checks always signal around 1500 a mistake.
Another highlight of the conference, as every year, was the lecture by Bernd Erk on the state of affairs at Icinga in front of a fully occupied hall (cover picture). A new version of the Icinga Director, a new Icinga database later this year, or the recently added support for VMware, along with many detail enhancements, such as the X.509 module or separate namespaces for production, staging, and development environments on his speech ballot.
For many conference visitors, the importance of interesting presentations is also an opportunity to exchange views with like-minded people. In addition, there was ample opportunity in the breaks and in a cozy atmosphere on the evening of the first conference day. The social event was again excellently organized like the whole conference.
All in all, the Open Source Monitoring Conference demonstrated that, even in its thirteenth year of existence, it does not run out of topics and ideas, and that it still has a lot to offer admins with relevant specialization.”