Zenoss Expands Monitoring Capabilities for OpenStack Clouds
August 09, 2016
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Zenoss released new extensions that provide granular level monitoring capabilities for popular OpenStack components, such as Ceph and Cinder Storage, Nova Compute services, and Neutron networking connectivity.

These components represent some of the most highly utilized projects in the OpenStack Community according to an OpenStack User Survey released in April 2016, which showed an incredible 97% adoption rate for Nova and equally impressive 90% adoption rate for Neutron.

Zenoss Service Dynamics is an Open Source monitoring platform that can be extended through plug-ins, called ZenPacks, that allow you to monitor a vast array of devices, applications, and systems under a single unified dashboard.

The OpenStack ZenPack provides insight into the overall status and health of an OpenStack deployment, and provides actionable data for dozens of the most highly utilized elements of an OpenStack cloud including:

- Open Stack Tenants – Including breakouts and usage for Instances, Networks, Subnets, Routers, Ports, Floating IPS, and more.

- Nova Services – Providing monitoring of state, performance, and utilization.

- Neutron Networking – Supplying detailed connectivity metrics for Nova compute services.

- (Block-Level) Storage – Including metrics on API Endpoints, Volumes, Snapshots, Volume Types, and Quotas.

Zenoss also released a new ZenPack specifically for Ceph, Red Hat's software-defined block device and object gateway storage platform. The new ZenPack allows users to leverage either the SSH or Calamari API to quickly set up complete monitoring for a Ceph cluster. Additionally, the new ZenPack integrates with both the existing OpenStack and Linux ZenPacks from Zenoss to detail linkages between OpenStack components and their integrated LVMs (logical volumes) and Ceph RBD (block devices) volumes.

Zenoss plans to continue innovating for the OpenStack ecosystem with future releases focusing on integrating OpenStack Keystone, which is used to provide authentication and authorization for other OpenStack services, as well as OpenStack Glance, which provides image storage for virtual machines.

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