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Red Hat BeLux TechMonth



Overview

It’s Red Hat BeLux TechMonth! Each year, we were able to catch up with you during our Tech Day. Have a drink, enjoy some good food and share loads of knowledge. Unfortunately, this year we can only offer you the knowledge-part (for now) and hope to make the rest up to you very soon.

We have so much we want to share with you. So, in order to make it ‘easy digestible’, we’re slicing up our Tech Day into bite size chunks over the period of 1 month. You can find the detailed agenda below.

We look forward to seeing you during one – or even better – all of the sessions below.
To make it as easy as possible for you, we’ve created 1 registration form and just 1 link to enter all the sessions.
However, please indicate in the form which sessions you’re interested in following so we know how many guests we may welcome.

Register here for the Red Hat BeLux TechMonth!

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University of Ghent Benefits from Bacula



“Bacula handles our massive data volume effortlessly. This at significantly less cost that other solutions”

Ghent University is one of the largest Flemish universities. It has around 44,000 students and 9,000 staff members. The University also supports the University Library and the University Hospital. This is one of the largest hospitals in Belgium. Ghent University consistently ranks among the top 100 universities in the world.
Read below how the University of Ghent benefits from Bacula.

The Challenge

The University of Ghent’s IT department was growing, as it expanded its services and capabilities. But there was a problem with data backup and recovery in terms of planning for future years. “We wanted to have reliable backups for a fair price. At the time (2010), we were using NetBackup, but because the cost was significant for us, we made the decision to migrate away from NetBackup. We stopped using it because the product became too expensive. This was mainly because the amount of data we needed to back up was growing continuously, and we needed to free ourselves from a volume-based pricing model” said Saskia Vandamme, System Administrator at the University of Ghent.

The Solution

We first started using Bacula – the free version – about 10-12 years ago. Then, after a few years we decided to switch to Bacula’s Enterprise version, so that we could benefit from the additional modules and the expert support” said Saskia. We chose to work with Bacula System’s local partner, Open Future, to help with implementation and also to benefit from having a local contact for Bacula Enterprise said Saskia.

Gent University uses:

  • SL3000 with 24 drives, 3000 slots. LTO5, 8 to 10 SD’s
  • Isilon storage: 840TB (backup with NDMP module)
  • Gpfs storage: 400TB
  • Bacula Director running on Dell PowerEdge R730xd, RedHat 7.8
  • Bacula storage daemons running on Dell PowerEdge R730xd, RedHat 7.8
  • Catalog: postgres: 1,5TB running on PowerEdge R630

The Results

We use Bacula to make backups of big data shares, which is diskspace that we offer to our users to share data, located on a 400TB GPFS system and a 1 PB Isilon Dell/EMC. In my experience, Bacula is faster to learn than any other product. When it comes to using it on a regular basis, in real-life situations, it is less complex than other solutions I have worked with. Another thing we appreciate here is that Bacula handles our massive data volume effortlessly, and at significantly less cost that other solutions. Open Future and Bacula have always given us great support, and we are happy with Bacula Enterprise’s performance”, said Saskia. So yes, the University of Ghent benefits from Bacula!

Read the complete article here.


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Red Hat Insights Integration



Integrating your monitoring system with Red Hat Insights

We live in a world where we both need to focus on adapting new IT solutions and increasing operational efficiency. This is why we need to start working smarter and more proactively. The Red Hat Insights Integration can be configured and maintained by Open-Future.

With every Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) subscription, you get free access to Red Hat Insights. This is an advanced analytics service. It greatly helps increase operational efficiency with very little effort. This blog entry is about how you can connect Red Hat Insights Integration work with your existing operational processes. It explains on how to help you work more proactively.

Read the whole article here.

Here you can find information about our solutions.


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Zabbix 5.4.0alpha1



We are pleased to announce that as of today of Zabbix 5.4.0alpha1 is available.

Zabbix is known for its enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution. They also release the software under the GPL. This means that it is free of charge for both commercial and non-commercial use. A complete text of the license is available at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.txt.

This document contains the release notes for Zabbix 5.4.0alpha1. Download it from download.

Please click here to find all details.

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Digital Puppet Camps



Digital Puppet Camps

Last year, we resurrected the Digital Puppet Camps in the virtual world. We are thrilled to see how many of you participated as speakers and attendees. Like many of you, I miss the serendipity and spontaneity of the hallway track at an in-person event. I’m heartened to see the connections made in our Puppet Community Slack channel as you collaborated on the different solutions you had developed to solve common problems.

It was also great to see how many new folks joined us who had never before attended a Puppet Camp. Including those who would not have been able to travel to an event under normal circumstances. Making the Camps digital broadened and enriched our community in unexpected ways.

Call for Papers open now

I’m excited to announce that our call for papers for 2021’s first two Puppet Camps is now open. To kick off 2021, we’re trying something a little different. Instead of holding Camps by region, we will be dedicating each Camp to a single topic.

Our first Puppet Camp will be on 25 March and the theme is getting compliance under control. 2021 will be the year that everyone finally gets a handle on compliance!

With new year’s resolutions in mind, we will dedicate our second camp on 15 April on how to become a better Puppet developer.

Register now!

You can find all required information to register here.


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Zabbix Certified Training Center



Open-Future is Zabbix certified training center! Not really hot news anymore because we are for some years now. But we recently renewed our certification, once more!

And be sure, we will continue to do so.

Find here our Zabbix trainings offerings.