I’ve been conversing via the blogosphere with an IT administrator based in the U.K. about Nagios and CentOS today, and I must say it’s been an experience.
As you may know already, we posted a short case study about some SNMP-related trouble one IT manager was having with Nagios, and why he eventually went with a third party out-of-box application from Hyperic for monitoring and systems management.
Across the pond, Kieron Williams (that IT manager I mentioned above) is in charge of a small pub company called Brunning and Price. If the beer stops flowing, he has a problem, he said, but it’s not so much the case if, say, an email is 30 minutes late. Nagios works just fine for him in that regard, but it appears this popular open source monitoring project is only helpful to a point in enterprise environments, no?
The reason this conversation has been so helpful to me is because Kieron is also dabbling with CentOS due to some Microsoft Windows-related licensing headaches (quick aside: I think I’ve written the phrase “Microsoft licensing headaches” a gazillion times over the past three years at SearchEnterpriseLinux).
It just so happens that I’m putting together a CentOS piece for SEL due out this week or next. So, if you have anything to offer up on why you’d choose CentOS in your enterprise environment — or any CentOS stories for that matter — drop me a line at Jack Loftus, News Writer or fire off a comment below.