[CALUG] September Speaker Announcement - Theo Schlossnagle

Chuck Frain chuck at chuckfrain.net
Thu Sep 3 14:36:42 EDT 2009

Hi Everybody!

Well in the time that I sent the message this morning I've had a
volunteer step up to give a presentation for our September 9th meeting.
We will be welcoming Theo Schlossnagle of OmniTI[1]. He will be talking
about their product Reconnoiter: Monitoring and Trend Analysis.


Many tools exist to collect metrics and provide an administrator the
information she needs to effectively capacity plan and troubleshoot
problems. As these problems grow, we expect our tools to grow with us.
Anyone managing hundreds of machines had felt the intense pain of
collecting, correlating and making good sense of the information across
all of them.

Collecting simple things like CPU, memory and disk utilization are
obvious basics. Network switch ports and host interfaces are commonly
polled for traffic metrics. Applications expose their own key metrics
that can be trended: space, users, connections, requests or transactions
processed. A good administrator goes beyond these systemic metrics and
starts looking into business-level metrics like registered users,
widgets sold, and credit card transaction volumes.

The sheer quantity of information is overwhelming and traditional
RRDTool-based systems bust at the seams. At OmniTI we.ve seen this break
down and set about creating a tool that soothes this pain. Enter
Reconnoiter, a system designed from the ground up to perform at scale.

This session will be a whirlwind tour of Reconnoiter including
architecture, code, configuration and demonstrations of unique features
like real-time graphing of cross-datacenter metrics.

About Theo Schlossnagle:

Theo Schlossnagle is a Principal and CEO at OmniTI where he designs and
implements scalable solutions for highly trafficked sites and other
clients in need of sound, scalable architectural engineering. He is the
architect of the highly scalable Ecelerity mail transport agent. Theo is
a participant in various open source communities including OpenSolaris,
Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, perl, and many others. He is a published
author in the area of scalability and distributed systems as well as a
veteran speaker in the open source conference circuit.

[1] http://omniti.com/

We will be hosted from 7-9pm at:

Tenable Network Security
7063 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 20832

See you then!

Chuck Frain 
GPG Key: B2420431

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