Percona Live Europe Featured Talks: Monitoring Open Source Databases with Icinga with Bernd Erk

Percona Live Europe 2017

Percona Live EuropeWelcome to another post in our series of interview blogs for the upcoming Percona Live Europe 2017 in Dublin. This series highlights a number of talks that will be at the conference and gives a short preview of what attendees can expect to learn from the presenter.

This blog post is with Bernd Erk, CEO of Icinga. His talk is titled Monitoring Open Source Databases with Icinga. Icinga is a popular open source successor of Nagios that checks hosts and services, and notifies you of their statuses. But you also need metrics for performance and growth to deal with your scaling needs. Adding conditional behaviors and configuration in Icinga is not just intuitive, but also intelligently adaptive at runtime. In our conversation, we how to intelligently monitor open source databases:

Percona: How did you get into database technology? What do you love about it?

Bernd: I started a position as a junior systems engineer in a large German mail order company. They were totally committed to Oracle databases and the tool stack around it. As Linux gained more and more attention, we became aware of MySQL very early and were fascinated by the simplicity of installation and administration. There were of course so many things Oracle had in those days that MySQL didn’t have, but most of our uses also didn’t require those extra (and of course expensive) features.

Percona: You’re presenting a session called “Monitoring Open Source Databases with Icinga”. Why is monitoring databases important, and what sort of things need to be monitored?

Bernd: Usually databases are a very important part of an IT infrastructure, and need to be online 24/7. I also had the personal experience of database downtime putting a lot of pressure on both the organization in general and the team in charge. Since most open source databases provide very good interfaces, it is not so hard to figure out if they are up and running. Like in many monitoring arenas, knowing what to monitor is the important information.

In addition to the basic local and remote availability checks, monitoring database replication is very important. We often see environments where the standby slave is outdated by, years or not able to keep up with the incoming load. From there you can go into databases and application metrics to learn more about performance and IO behavior.

Percona: Why are you using Icinga specifically? What value does it provide above other monitoring solutions?

Bernd: I’ve been involved with Icinga from the beginning, so it is my number one choice in open source monitoring. In my opinion, the great advance of Icinga 2 is the simplicity of legacy systems like Nagios (or Icinga 1), but also its support for complex environments (such as application-based clustering). There is also the live configuration of the Icinga 2 monitoring core through our REST API. With all the supported tools for metrics, logs and management around it, for me Icinga 2 is the best match for open source monitoring.

Percona: What do you want attendees to take away from your session? Why should they attend?

Bernd: Attendees will get a short overview on Icinga 2, and why it is different to Nagios (Icinga 1). I will also guide them through practical monitoring examples and show implemented checks in a live demo. After my talk, they should be able to adapt and extend on-premise or cloud monitoring with Icinga 2 using the default open source plugins.

Percona: What are you most looking forward to at Percona Live Europe 2017?

Bernd: Getting together with the great database community in all aspects, and going to Dublin (to be honest). I have never been there, and so it is my first time.

Want to find out more about Bernd and database monitoring? Register for Percona Live Europe 2017, and see his talk Monitoring Open Source Databases with Icinga. Register now to get the best price! Use discount code SeeMeSpeakPLE17 to get 10% off your registration.

Percona Live Open Source Database Conference Europe 2017 in Dublin is the premier European open source event for the data performance ecosystem. It is the place to be for the open source community as well as businesses that thrive in the MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, time series database, cloud, big data and Internet of Things (IoT) marketplaces. Attendees include DBAs, sysadmins, developers, architects, CTOs, CEOs, and vendors from around the world.

The Percona Live Open Source Database Conference Europe will be September 25-27, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin.

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