Open source systems management tools: an informal directory
Operations is a commoditised domain now: people buy on price. Antivirus is a commodity. So is backup. So is much of the hardware. Watch what open source software does to systems and network management, media management and a bunch of other software types. CIOs want to spend their money on an ITIL project, ISO20000 certification, SOX compliance, COBIT audit, Project Management Office, CMDB, and a Balanced Scorecard Dashboard. Funds for IT Operations are limited: it is all about cutting costs now, or soon will be.
[Update: This directory is now maintained as part of Ops4Less This page will no longer be updated]
That is why I set up the Ops4Less website. I tell myself the total lack of interest in that site is due to it being ahead of its time :-D
Anyhow, I think open source systems management tools will soon become as mainstream as open source operating systems or web servers.
With that in mind, let us list some of them. Contributions welcomed.
(Remarkably Wikipedia doesn't seem to list these. Besides, a list here can be as biased and unreasonable as any other IT Skeptic page).
I'd like to focus on systems management: agent monitoring, console, event management, scheduling.
Cross-platform prefered: *NIX-only tools are not realistic (yet).
But I'm sure variations and subsets will slip into this list.
The ones I know about are
- Nagios (formerly NetSaint)
- Spacewalk - Linux only
- Hyperic HQ
- Qluster openQRM - no longer developed by Qluster, still active???
Open Country has vanished and turned into LinMin, which ain't free
Comments on these, or additions, welcome.
P.S. Who thinks this page should be a wiki?