07-02-2010 01:05 PM CET - IT, New Media & Software

Icinga celebrates its 10,000th download and 1 year of milestones

Press release from: Icinga

NUREMBERG, 1st July 2010 – Hitting its 10,000th stable core download, Icinga celebrates its 1st year as an open source monitoring project, reflecting on development milestones, team growth, conference and trade fair appearances and booming community and commercial support internationally.

Since the controversial announcement in May 2009 of a fork from the prevalent monitoring system Nagios, the Icinga team of community developers has maintained a transparent roadmap, punctually releasing 30 versions across Core, API, Web and Docs within a year. “Our reliable roadmap and development trajectory have actually attracted many companies to implement Icinga for their network monitoring, as they know they can rely on Icinga’s constant upgrade and enhancement”, noted Bernd Erk, Icinga Co-Founder and Project Organiser. Currently, Icinga offers a stable Core and API 1.0.2, user-friendly Web Interface 1.0.1 and multilingual Documentation 1.0.2 in English, German and Spanish.

Most significantly, the Icinga development team has built in PostgreSQL and Oracle database support on top of the standard MySQL, making it accessible to a broader user base and enterprise applications. “Too many users were locked out of other monitoring systems simply because they relied on popular databases other than MySQL, like PostgreSQL and Oracle. Now, Icinga allows enterprise grade monitoring to be enjoyed by a much larger community, many of whom were seeking this for a very long time,” said Michael Friedrich, Icinga Core and IDOUtils Developer.

Beyond development success, the Icinga team has grown from 7 members of the German open source monitoring community to 16 active contributors from Australia, Austria, Germany and South Africa. Project supporters has grown to stretch even farther around the world, evidenced in the range of languages volunteers have joined translate the Icinga web interface. Marius Hein, Icinga Co-founder and Web/API Developer, recalled the overwhelming response: “In a matter of days of announcing translate.icinga.org, we exploded to 26 languages including Bulgarian, Chinese, Hebrew, Norwegian and Turkish.”

Icinga’s popularity in the open source community has also been matched by its growing use in the corporate realm. Genotech implemented Icinga in as early as the RC1 stage. Aside from enterprise implementations, Icinga has also been well received in conferences: CeBIT in Hannover, OpenExpo in Bern, Open Source Monitoring Conference in Nuremberg, Open Source Expo in Karlsruhe, and FLISol in Maturin, Venezuela.

The Icinga team accounts their first year success towards its large community support base, which has included over 1000 Facebook and Twitter followers, in YouTube and across the web. “In just 1 year Icinga has achieved an incredible amount of development progress and international exposure. This could not have been possible without the immense support from the open source community, to whom we pay tribute to on our first birthday,” said Michael Lübben, Icinga Co-founder and Web Developer.

For more information, the Icinga project is found at: www.icinga.org
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Icinga is an enterprise grade open source monitoring system which keeps watch over a network and any conceivable network resource, notifies the user of errors and recoveries, and generates performance data for reporting. Scalable and extensible, Icinga can monitor complex, large environments across dispersed locations. Icinga is a fork of Nagios and is backward compatible. Though Icinga retains all the existing features of its predecessor, it builds on them to add many long awaited patches and features requested by the user community. These new features include PostgreSQL and Oracle database support, improved extensibility through a robust API and user-friendly, dynamic web interface.

Members of the Community Project Icinga (Selection)
Co-founder, Icinga Web Interface Developer
Founder of NagVis, the Nagios visualization addon and NagTrap
Creator of the German nagios-portal.org
Co-founder, Icinga Project Organiser
Technical Lead at NETWAYS, creator of MonitoringExchange and host of the Open Source Monitoring Conference
Co-founder, Icinga Web Interface and API Developer
Lead Developer of NagiosGrapher
Lead Developer of NagiosPortal
Icinga Core Developer
Developer of NDO Utils for Oracle
University of Vienna Computer Center

About Nagios-Portal.org/Icinga-Portal.org
Nagios-portal.org is an open source community forum of active Nagios users who discuss and share Nagios tips and issues. Users can also collaborate on projects, receive updates on Nagios news. To date, the forum has over 8000 members, over 18,000 threads and more than 125,000 posts with an average of 50 posts a day.

Karolina Hein
Co-founder, Icinga Marketing and Community
Deutschherrnstr. 15-19
90429 Nuremberg, Germany
+49 911 92885-0

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