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Brandon Riden

05 March 2019

A new version of SIMP (6.3.3) is now available. Late in the release process for 6.3.2, a user-lockout bug was discovered in the sssd module. Since we had already uploaded some assets to the download servers, we decided to forego the full release of 6.3.2 and start immediately on 6.3.3. Below you can find updated modules from both versions, as well as links to the changelogs and files.

programming, open-source, simp, enterprise

Trevor Vaughan

20 February 2019

Occasionally, when using a Ruby environment switching tool, such as RVM, you will discover a need to switch back to system Ruby for various reasons. Unfortunately, getting Bundler to automatically play nice with the rest of the system is not well documented. I hope this post helps to remedy that.

programming, open-source, gitlab, DoE, security

Brandon Riden

14 January 2019

Onyx Point, Inc. is delighted to announce that the final release for SIMP 6.3.0-0 is now available. Community Edition ISOs have been uploaded to our download servers. Enterprise customers can obtain the Enterprise Edition ISOs using the instructions here.

programming, open-source, simp, enterprise

Brandon Riden

10 October 2018

Onyx Point, Inc. is delighted to announce that the final release for SIMP 6.2.0-0 is now available. Community Edition ISOs have been uploaded to the download servers and Enterprise Edition ISOs are available via the customer support portal for current Enterprise customers.

programming, open-source, simp, enterprise

Dylan Cochran

21 August 2018

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

Introducing SimpLE

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

programming, open-source, simp, enterprise, simp console

Jesse Roland

09 August 2018


So you want to propose a serious software solution to your team but find yourself hesitating before stepping forward to suggest using a blockchain. The term has come to have a skewed meaning in today’s world with the hysteria surrounding the cryptocurrency phenomena. In reality, a blockchain is essentially a chain of data that uses hashes to ensure integrity.

programming, open-source, security, blockchain

Clayton Mentzer

24 July 2018

This post follows up on the previous SetUID Runners article by taking a deeper look at code and rationale for specific features. In the previous post we outlined our goals and process for the first phase of ongoing work to improve security and functionality of GitLab CI Runners at the Department of Energy’s (DoE) High Performance Computing (HPC) labs. If you haven’t seen it, you can read it here

programming, gitlab, open-source, DoE, security

Clayton Mentzer

18 July 2018

GitLab’s built in continuous integration (CI) tools are some of the best in the industry. Onyx Point has been leading an effort to improve GitLab’s CI security. Continue reading to learn more about how Onyx Point has implemented more secure job access controls in high-performance computing infrastructures.

programming, open-source, gitlab, DoE, security

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