As you can imagine there was everything from Icinga, Nagios, Zabbix, Graphite, etc (on the open source front) to what we call the big-4: IBM, CA, HP, BMC, and even islands of VMware vCenter Operations Suite, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. I tried to offer some prescriptive advice, but the task at hand was daunting to say the least. The CIO who created this project was responding to the massive cost of licenses and people the business was essentially wasting by not managing this centrally, and not leveraging it’s scale.

I had an interesting day at work today trying to untangle some legacy shit and merging old stuff into a brand spanking new monitoring cluster.

It was a lot of iterating through the same stuff over and over. Breaking stuff into pieces and finding out what it’s supposed to do. And trying to read the manuals available.

I felt like the dog meme above:

"LET ME IN I NEED TO GO BACK OUT AGAIN!"