Welcoming the OpsTool SIG

By | July 11, 2016

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Matthias Runge, Rich Megginson and the entire community to the OpsTools Special Interest Group in CentOS.

The OpsTools SIG, as they are known, are a group focused on building, testing and delivering tools typically used in operations roles in various types of infrastructure including Cloud deployments, management around distributed apps, logging and monitoring. The initial plan is to focus on three areas as follows:

  • Performance monitoring: Collectd – Graphite – Grafana
  • Availability monitoring: Sensu – Uchiwa
  • Centralised logging: Fluentd – Elasticsearch – Kibana

In order to achieve their goals, the plan is to work extensively with the other established Special Interest Groups, including the Cloud SIG, the PaaS Sig, the Config Management SIG and the Atomic SIG. The aim being to complement the excellent work already being done in those space – and also to help integrate some of the tooling they are working with. As an example, curating config management snippets that can then be consumed by the config management SIG as they curate the actual tools like Ansible and Puppet.

The initial scope of the work is laid out in their wiki landing page at : https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/OpsTools ; however they are very open to contributions that complement this work, including new projects code being added in, improvements to the stacks they are working with, traction into other architectures etc. Even if you have some ideas on what we can do be doing better, differently or even in addition to the initial scope, we’d like to hear from you. So come join us at the CentOS-Devel list at https://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos-devel and say hi.

Over the coming days, we should have the build tags for the OpsTools SIG on https://cbs.centos.org, and we should have content flowing through. Keep your eyes on the lists for that.