Shinken was born from a Proof-of-Concept to overcome Nagios’ inherent architectural weaknesses. The POC was proposed to the Nagios author as the new core but he was not interested. Shinken was further developed and is now a full fledged monitoring system, entirely written in Python and compatible with Nagios. Its main goal is to give users a flexible architecture for their monitoring system that is designed to scale to large environments.
Shinken is compatible with the Nagios configuration standard and plugins. It works on any operating system and architecture that supports Python, which includes Windows and GNU/Linux.
- Simple and easy administration
- Seamless scalability of all components
- Open and dynamic development (56 developers, 5000+ commits as of Aug 2012)
- Automated software quality assurance
- High level and maintainable software language – Python
- Nagios configuration and check script compatibility
- Capacity to innovate the core beyond what is possible with Nagios
What does 'Shinken' mean?
A Shinken is a sharp Japanese sword that is used for cutting and combat (cf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinken). Shinken can automatically “cut” the configuration and distribute it to the various components. When a new component is added or removed, the user doesn’t need to change the configuration, but just adds the component, sets a few parameters and Shinken will manage it automatically.
Why build a new Nagios core?
Shinken’s author believes that the IT reference in monitoring (Nagios) was not designed for large environments and Nagios development has slowed due to code complexity and political will. There have also been no real enhancements in the last four years in Nagios, mainly bug fixes. It needs a new start.
Shinken provides it using its innovative technology, design philosophy and multi-platform support.
What is the Shinken license?
Who wrote Shinken?
|CREATOR and LEADER OF THE SHINKEN PROJECT The initiator of the project is Jean Gabès (http://jean.gabes.fr). He is the author of a french book about Nagios (book description). He wrote patches for Nagios like an important patch for boosting Nagios’ launch performance for huge configurations and added the capability to override services applied on hosts over services applied on hostgroups. You can email him at email@example.com.|
|CO LEADER and CORE DEVELOPER He also wrote a book about Nagios (book description), in german. He works as a monitoring consultant at ConSol (http://www.consol.de). Without him, Shinken would be full of bugs and would not have important features such as downtime managment, status.dat export or LiveStatus interface! You can email him at Gerhard.Lausser at the domain consol.de.|
|DEVELOPER David Guenault developed the installation script and various utility and has contributed to various aspects of the code including the UI.|
|Shinken WebUI developer and designer Andreas is a key player in developing and designing the Shinken WebUI.|
|Bug hunter and module developer Olivier finds and solves bugs. Has created and contributed to modules like Livestatus, TSCA. He is also making it possible to distribute an RPM package of Shinken.|
|Tester / Bug Hunter / Wikier / Comment Cleaner Sebastien was a student interested in Open Source who fell in love with monitoring. He helps new users in the wiki and forums. He also looks for bugs and sometimes manages to fix them. He also contributes features to Shinken.|
|WEB DESIGNER and SCHEMA DESIGNER Romuald Fronteau contributes to the design of the project.|
Roadmap for the upcoming software versions.
Odiso350 hosts, 3700 servicesIt replace the old Nagios installation for server to SANS monitoring. The load balancing will soon be used to scale.
|Crédit Mutuel Arkea (a French regional bank)||About 20k services for 1.5k hosts||For the huge performance and the scalability. We are using it since the 0.8 version.|
|B2F Concept||200 hosts, 1K services||The Nagios compatibility and the easy scaling were the two main reasons why we chose Shinken.|
|Exodata||Two ESX servers, several VMs.||We are using Shinken for the load balancing architecture, DMZ management and for the business rules too.|
|R3S Services||N/A||We previously used Nagios/Centreon, but it had many limitations such as Security (DMZ), no possibility to separate Sites/Customers and performance (not very easy to add severs when needed). Shinken has lifted all of these limits.|
|Siprossii||About 150 services||Use it with GLPI and I have all information in the same place (inventory
|Ikux||About 15K services||We use Shinken for the Nagios compatibility.|
|Nicolas Ledez||151 hosts (20 physical servers, 131 virtual machines), 1600 services and 130 virtualhosts||Shinken replaced Nagios 1 year ago. Many tests made with NRPE and standard nagios plugins. I migrate to Shinken to add scalability and DMZ support. I replaced nagios+openvpn with Sinken and 8 poller in DMZ. Thruk is the web front-end.|
|NESSMATV||About 50 monitored hosts|
|Neopost||About 25 monitored hosts, 300 during 2013.|
|www.projet-plume.org||3 hosts||It’s not in production until it’s monitored.|
|You? Let’s us know that you love Shinken!|
To all the folks who send us patches, write documentation and support users ! We love you all.
To the infrastructure software that makes this project possible: