What's New in ITRS OP5 Monitor

Overview

This page contains the list of all highlights that have recently been introduced in ITRS OP5 Monitor.

For detailed release notes for all versions of OP5 Monitor, see Release Notes.

Hybrid IT environments

Many of our customers have started to incorporate cloud into their IT estate. This is a natural evolution, and OP5 Monitor shall continue to be a best-in-class monitoring tool for networks and on-premise environments, while evolving to support dynamic environments. We call the mix between traditional IT and dynamic environments the Hybrid IT. We have already started the work of supporting Hybrid IT environments with these new items:

  • We have created the Slim Poller, a containerised lightweight version of OP5 Monitor poller configuration. This was especially designed to enable the OP5 Monitor poller to run as a container in environments such as OpenShift and Kubernetes.
  • We have created a plugin specifically for monitoring Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources. The plugin allows for this by accessing the AWS native cloud monitoring called CloudWatch.
  • We have created a plugin for monitoring of Kubernetes cluster components such as deployments (replicas), nodes, and pods.
  • We have the latest version of OP5 Monitor available in AWS and Azure Marketplace for easy deployment in the cloud.
  • The check_vmware_v2 plugin replaces the check_vmware_api plugin to bring extended capabilities for monitoring VMware networks.

ITRS OP5 Monitor hybrid IT environment

Security hardening

IT security is imperative for most organisations today, and with OP5 Monitor we take security seriously. We have been working on a number of items that will make OP5 Monitor even more secure:

  • Communications between masters, peers, and pollers through the Merlin protocol can now be secured with public key encryption.
  • We have introduced ModSecurity, which is a web application firewall. The main reason is to prevent potential cross-scripting attacks in OP5 Monitor.
  • We have removed the need for root user privileges. You can now use sudo to run mon commands such as start, stop, restart, and node status.
  • We continuously scan our components for potential vulnerabilities.

Integrations

Integrations between best-in-class tools are especially important in today's business landscape. We have developed integrations between OP5 Monitor and Log Analytics. Log Analytics is based on the ELK stack and provides collection and analytics based on logs. With this integration, it is possible to create alerts in OP5 Monitor based on events in logs that are collected with Log Analytics.

OP5 Monitor integrations

There are several integrations possible with OP5 Monitorthrough the API. We have expanded this API with an endpoint for management of Scheduled Downtimes.