John Sequeira


Friday, July 14, 2006
Appliance News: Postgresql and Nagios

Joining DB2, Oracle, MySQL/Spikesource, and Ingres/eventually.

Notice any glaring, Windows-only omissions from the list above?

In other appliance news, I'm trying out a Nagios appliance to do some monitoring of some client sites, as well as bits of my online existence that have become essential enough to warrant the monitoring overhead. Setup was a breeze, but I've now got to dig into nagios health checks to determine whether my web applications are functioning correctly (with Test::WWW::Mechanize or WWW::Selenium ), as opposed to just responding to pings.

I looked at Hyperic but it sounded like the wrong power/learning curve trade-off for my low-end needs. Feeling cheeky, I nagged Hyperic about their 1 hr monitoring solution's install time taking about 55 minutes longer than it would if they released a virtual machine. The nice support person wrote back that

  • they'd gotten several requests for this and would probably do it
  • they could let me know when, and
  • the one hour is pretty conservative, give it a try!

    I have a soft spot for Hyperic because their CTO was a principal mod_perl author. If nagios doesn't cut it I think I will give them a try, but since they import nagios scripts my current foray into monitoring appliances won't be time wasted.
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