This post is the first in a three-part series on Puppet module development using the Puppet Development Kit (PDK), adapted from a presentation for the St. Louis Puppet Users Group.
Onyx Point, Inc. is a company invested in its community. The company founders have long since been involved with various organizations on a personal level and encourage all of their employees to also be active within their own communities
Jessica Sauers, a Program Manager for Onyx Point, Inc., is not only a kitten foster for the Baltimore Humane Society, but she is also an advocate and volunteer for the House of Ruth Maryland.
There are so many technology companies today! In fact, you might say every company is now some kind of tech company given how much they rely on technology to function. So when I looked up one day this summer and realized I had been with the same organization for 7 years I wanted to take a deeper look into “why”. Why in this highly marketable industry would someone stay with one organization for 7 years?!
In July, I was very fortunate to be in beautiful Vancouver to attend the Design & Content Conference hosted by Republic of Quality. I’ve never been to such a large design conference before and I was super excited to connect with other designers and see the diversity of speakers and talks. I was not disappointed – I was so inspired by all the fantastic talks and the new friends I made. I gained so much to bring back to my work at Onyx Point, Inc.
Introducing SIMP Console
Current versions of SIMP Community Edition (CE) and SIMP Enterprise Edition (EE) ship with a full ELG stack that includes Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Grafana to provide a web dashboard to view the status of your environment. While this provided insights into what systems are doing, there were limitations. Elasticsearch and Logstash can require a lot of administration overhead in larger environments. Grafana is built to show graphs that change over time. While excellent for showing high level views of data over time, Grafana has issues with going into details when reporting large amounts of information on individual systems. Grafana has also prevented any reasonable way of command and control for users that wanted to be able to take actions on the data reported.
For new versions of SIMP Enterprise Edition, we are adding the SIMP Console, the new graphical user interface that integrates feature requests for SIMP that we received from our existing web dashboard users as well as new features our engineers have been excited to include.
With SIMP Console, the framework is more open to users and allows more command/control options while still being as flexible and extensible as possible. SimpEE customers will be able to customize the information users can see and what sources are being polled. The SIMP Console is designed for customers to integrate into their existing IT infrastructure and internal policies as much as possible
New details will be added to our website in the coming weeks. Follow us for information about our Beta availability (for existing SimpEE customers) and blog posts about some of the SIMP Console’s new features
On the heels of SIMP Console, we’d also like to announce a new edition of SIMP, SIMP Lite Edition (LE), or as we’ve come to call it, SimpLE.
SIMP Lite Edition combines SIMP Console with SIMP Compliance Engine. SimpLE will give users the opportunity to use SIMP Console to view and configure their fully customized install of SimpLE into their established environment without having to purchase the entire Enterprise Edition suite. Organizations can create custom profile content or add additional pre-configured compliance profile content.
SIMP Lite Edition offers a balance of features between the Open Source SIMP Community Edition (CE) and the commercial Enterprise Edition. It is a licensed, commercial edition of SIMP designed for users that need to implement a variety of customized compliance standards into their existing environments and software stacks.
Onyx Point, Inc. has developed SIMP Lite Edition to enable you to incorporate SIMP into your existing infrastructure, your way