High-End IT Monitoring with ConSol

As the complexity of modern IT landscapes increases, so do the requirements placed on IT monitoring systems. To ensure that business IT runs without interruption and with the desired performance, far more is needed than an off-the-shelf solution.
ConSol accompanies you and your IT department with high-end consulting from conception to implementation and efficient operation of globally distributed monitoring platforms.

In the open source monitoring environment around Nagios, Icinga, OMD, Prometheus, Sakuli and Thruk, ConSol has been a household name for many years, still involved in the further development of the open source frameworks. Whether your business is an SME or a large corporation, we will support you with many years of experience and best practices according to your needs. Our portfolio ranges from single workshops to operating or hosting of customized monitoring systems.

Our Holistic Approach

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Open Source

Save license costs for commercial systems! We support you with migrating your IT monitoring to Nagios, Naemon or Icinga.

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Cloud Integration

With Prometheus, you can securely monitor Openshift or Kubernetes clusters and integrate them into your process landscape as well as your existing monitoring.

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Customer Perspective

With end-to-end monitoring (Web and GUI), you can eliminate customer-relevant faults in critical applications at an early stage, before they affect the user.

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Know-how

We offer training courses and workshops on all tools and techniques in use as well as on special topics – on-site if you wish.

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IT Monitoring Services

Whether hosting, operation, or support – no problem: Use our IT services according to the modular principle, available also 24/7.

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Optimization

We analyze existing Nagios, Naemon or Icinga installations and point out useful or necessary adjustments.

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Development

We already know many heterogeneous customer environments and IT infrastructures which allows us to develop new plugins for your specific IT components.

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Architecture

We only use the modules that fit your needs best to create your individual IT monitoring architecture.

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Safety and Security

On request, we host your monitoring platform in our Munich data center, certified according to ISO 27001 for information security.

Excerpt from Our Customer List

Lidl

Lidl

Retail trade
Business service and system monitoring based on Nagios

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Industry: Finance
End-to-End Application Monitoring with Sakuli

Landeshauptstadt München

it@M, central IT service provider for the City of Munich

Public Administration
Open Source Monitoring with OMD

M-net

M-net

Telecommunications
Future-proof IT monitoring on Nagios basis

Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Niedersachsen (KVN)

Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians of Lower Saxony (KVN)

Public Administration
Complete IT monitoring of the server landscape

... more customers


Workshops & Courses in the Open Source Monitoring Environment

Benefit from our experience from various IT monitoring projects and get tangible tips, tricks & trend information. We are happy to visit you on-site and train you and your team as well as your management in monitoring. For appointment requests please contact us at: training@consol.de.

Open Source Monitoring Devices & Tools

OMD

OMD is a comprehensive open source monitoring solution bundling out-of-the-box Cores Nagios, Naemon and Icinga with their most useful add-ons into a complete package. A revolutionary site concept allows for parallel operation of several fully-fledged installations on one single server. The update effort for a complete Nagios installation using OMD is minimal. ConSol employees Sven Nierlein and Gerhard Laußer have been members of the OMD development team omdistro.org from the very beginning. At ConSol, we prefer the Open Monitoring Distribution Labs Edition as proven basis for Nagios installations.

Sakuli

Sakuli simulates the operation of websites by identifying and operating objects such as links, buttons, etc. in the browser, according to the Document Object Model (DOM). Furthermore, it recognizes elements in any desktop application by means of image patterns. It also simulates user actions by automatically operating them with both mouse and keyboard. The tests are written in a simple step-by-step language based on JavaScript, enabling seamless switching between the web and native interfaces to be tested. All screen contents can be scrutinized. The result: Universal and reliable application tracking for every use case.

Thruk

Thruk is a modern web interface for Nagios that is also compatible with Icinga and Icinga 2. Sven Nierlein of ConSol developed it because the classic web interface of Nagios had been hardly further developed for several years and therefor had no longer met the requirements of modern open source monitoring. Thruk makes life easier for the monitoring administrator with a host of additional features and useful aids, among them powerful dashboards. Globally distributed IT monitoring landscapes consisting of hundreds of instances can be easily operated with the help of Thruk.

The IT monitoring newcomer is already the de facto standard for monitoring Kubernetes and OpenShift environments. But Prometheus can also play to its strengths in the monitoring of network devices, for example. To be able to monitor applications and systems in detail, the tool records and evaluates metrics. It thereby, among other things, also allows for designing complex alerts.

Grafana

Grafana has quickly become the most popular tool for displaying graphs and dashboards. It can be connected to a variety of data sources, including Prometheus and InfluxDB, but also to classic databases such as MySQL or Microsoft SQL. Grafana not only helps to visualize the recorded metrics, but also helps to better understand them, making this tool indispensable in heterogeneous IT monitoring landscapes.

coshsh

The Coshsh framework by Gerhard Laußer automatically generates the configuration files for Nagios-based IT monitoring systems. Necessary information about servers and applications as well as their contact persons and dependencies are read from any data source and converted into host, service and contact definitions. Advantage: Inventory data only need to be maintained by the server and application managers.

Nagios

The classic Nagios and its successors Naemon and Icinga / Incinga 2 form the core of open source IT monitoring.
All three have been in use for many years and have proven themselves extremely well both in smaller projects and in globally distributed IT monitoring landscapes.

InfluxDB

Metrics-based IT monitoring generates considerable amounts of data. As leading time series database, InfluxDB specializes in these time series data and can store them efficiently as well as space saving.
InfluxDB is also frequently used in the IoT environment.

Ansible

Ansible has become an integral part of the architecture of complex system landscapes. The automation tool helps to orchestrate servers and many other devices. Ansible helps to define desired system states easily and reusable.

ConSol Nagios-Plugins

ConSol has developed Nagios plug-ins for the four most common databases Oracle, MySQL, DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server. The plug-ins are state-of-the-art for uniform IT monitoring of a heterogeneous database landscape on an open source basis.

Jolokia/Jmx4Perl

Jolokia/Jmx4Perl is a framework for uniform, detailed monitoring of heterogeneous Java server landscapes with Nagios. It provides meaningful reports on availability, performance, and vulnerabilities. Jolokia/Jmx4Perl consists of an agent on the Java server side and a Perl plugin on the Nagios side.

Mod-Gearman

The Mod-Gearman module developed by ConSol enables the distributed execution of several thousand checks and event handlers per minute. They are no longer executed "classically" by Nagios itself, but as "jobs" by so-called "workers". The result is being encrypted and sent back to Nagios.

Monitoring on road

Sven Nierlein at OSMC 2018: Thruk 2½ – Current state of development

OSMC

Thruk is a modern web interface for Nagios that is also compatible with Icinga and Icinga 2. In his presentation at OSMC 2018 Sven Nierlein of ConSol introduces the development milestones such as dashboards, the business process plugin as well as additional functions and useful aids, making monitoring administrators’ life easier.

Matthias Gallinger at OSMC 2018: Monitoring based on Prometheus

OSMC

In his talk at OMD 2018 Matthias Gallinger answers questions about Prometheus and Grafana: How can metrics be collected and processed via SNMP, how could Grafana easily visualize a large number of network ports and is there a way to collect ad hoc metrics for troubleshooting? At the same time, the requirements for implementing SNMP are discussed.

Tobias Kempf & Michael Kraus at OSMC 2017: Highly automated logistics monitoring

OSMC

Tobias Kempf and Michael Kraus present the highly automated logistics monitoring project based on OMD at Europe's largest retail company. It consists of more than 200 cascaded and self-sufficient instances, which provide administrators on site and at headquarters with valuable information about their infrastructure and reporting data.

Michael Kraus auf der FOSDEM 2017: Monitoring Kubernetes with OMD Labs Edition and Prometheus

FOSDEM

At FOSDEM 2017 Michael Kraus introduces the integration of Kubernetes Monitoring with Prometheus into the OMD Labs Edition at FOSDEM 2017. By adding Prometheus to the stack, OMD Labs Edition is ready for cloud-based applications. This extends the integration of traditional monitoring with the requirements of dynamic cloud monitoring.

Contact

Gerhard Laußer

+49-89-45841-100