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Retailored Ordering Flow in EasyDCIM v1.6.3!
When you think of data center monitoring it is certainly not possible to reach the point where the tools you employ for this purpose could not get any better or more efficient. The past few weeks have been really busy, with us focusing on making the official arrival of the freshly rolled out EasyDCIM 1.6.3 version maximally beneficial and minimally challenging in comprehension. Without dragging things out any more than necessary, let’s get started with a thorough overview of this revamping update, shall we? Ordering on a whole new level The very first wave of sweeping change has exerted influence on the “Orders Summary” section, which has undergone an in-depth rearrangement. Not only does it demonstrate itself as far more legible and user-friendly but what comes of even greater importance are numerous adjustments introduced to the ordering process and mechanism of proper server matching. To start with, two new criteria to define the ordered service have been added. Should one decide to purchase a dedicated server, it will be now possible to choose the “Any Model” value instead of providing a specific one. This way, after such order completion, any server fulfilling given requirements will be assigned to it, regardless of the model. On top of that, you will be enabled to specify the exact number of parts of a given type (e.g. RAM or CPU) according to your needs. With remarkable ease, in the "Activity Logs" tab you will immediately access the record of all sorts of modifications made within the order such as the change of its status, password, username as well as numerous other aspects. You will instantly notice both the current and the previous value, the user responsible for a given activity as well as the date when the change occurred. Another novel feature that we just could not help but push into motion is the capability to determine the sequence of actions performed at the moment of service activation. Not only will you be allowed to decide which one should be executed at first and which at the end, but even more importantly you will be enabled to specify the exact impact a particular action should have on the provisioning process - interruption or continuance. State-of-the-art OS templates For several versions already, EasyDCIM allows admins to install any of the supported operating systems on existing servers in a fully automated manner – from the moment of selecting an installation template up to running post-installation script. But let us place our focus on the first stage today since the range of supported OS templates has just welcomed two spicy additions to include the two most recent ones - CentOS 8 and Debian 10 “Buster”. CentOS 8 It has been a while since we last time enjoyed a major release of CentOS over five years ago. Therefore, its latest release with a bevy of new features and improvements comes as a fine point for all its users. It is another opportunity to enjoy the stability, efficiency, and reliability that is handsomely made available for you with CentOS 8 on the loose. Briefly speaking, major changes include the new versions of YUM package manager and GNOME Display Manager, Cockpit Web Console coming as an integral part of easy server management, plus the content is now distributed in two main repositories: BaseOS and AppStream. Debian 10 “Buster” It goes without saying that Debian over the years has built a well-deserved reputation as a rock-solid distro, valued for its stability, security, and dependency. The all-new “Buster” includes the headlining support for Secure Boot which makes it effortless to install the system on UEFI-enabled machines with no need to disable it in the firmware configuration in the first place. Upon that, AppArmor enabled by default, the ability to sandbox the Apt package manager, support for driverless printing and five years of ongoing support create only a smart part of the multiplicity of reasons making Debian 10 worth the update. Multiple other new features and enhancements Care to have a look at some of the other optimizations brought into EasyDCIM v1.6.3 as well? OS Installation For EasyDCIM v1.6.0 - support for new OS templates: Debian 10 “Buster” and CentOS 8 Ability to define new metadata, such as IP Address or Hostname, and specify their unique, one-off values Capability to start “Rescue Mode” for clients to let them preview their owned partitions automatically installed in the "/home/rescue/partitions" directory Added option to assign network ports to the colocation service Because the list of total changes introduced is of so considerable length that it would be near to impossible to squeeze them all in here, that is as many details as we can share for now. Use the below link and enjoy the first-hand exploration of the official EasyDCIM v1.6.3 changelog! Follow The Change!
Nov 4, 2019
Data Center Under Full Control – EasyDCIM v1.6.2
A lot of improvements that make their way to our data center control panel come directly from the experience of running our own company. For example, there is this one thing we learned a while back. Mainly, that the better you organize your business management straight from the get-go, the easier it is later on for you to handle all your daily tasks. Hooked on this compelling idea, we are taking today another crucial step toward simplifying the interaction with our software. Ready to jump into our newly rolled out EasyDCIM 1.6.2 version and monitor your data center assets effortlessly like never before? Re-engineered logs and dashboard intelligence Initiated in the previous version, the process of remastering the entire system interface continues on. One of the most visible alterations you will spot right on is the whole new "Activity Logs" tab. Created from the combination of two previous sections - "Revision History" and "Notifications", it will archive all sorts of modifications within a device such as its rack assignment, power status, or change of metadata items including IP Address, Hostname and HDD Size. No matter what type of action was performed on your data center devices, you will momentarily view both the current and the previous value, the user responsible for a particular activity as well as the date when the change happened. With equal ease you will now also access the record of unsuccessfully carried out actions, reported back by such protocols like SNMP, IPMI and others. All you need to do is move on to the newly available "Error Logs" section and get up to speed with each matter that requires your attention. Next practical addition planted in the Dashboard is a dynamic widget with a history of most recent activities. What is more, you can freely filter the results by the exact notification type (Info, Error, Success, Warning) plus the priority level (Normal, Important, Urgent). Having problems with tracking various tasks that are being performed on your devices or items? With this ever up-to-date widget aiding you daily, you can devote to the monitoring of your data center as little time as possible, and yet stay perfectly aware of every single change taking place. Why do everything on your own while you can automate your work to perfection, right? And finally, when talking about user-oriented modernizations, we played a little with the already existing menu elements. We rearranged a few sections to push those most frequently used ones to the front and make sure no key detail slips your attention ever again. Whether you are a long-established user of EasyDCIM or just start your adventure with our system, you should have no problems with finding your way to the appropriate areas whatsoever. Quite the contrary, the new layout should feel even more intuitive and easy to click through than ever before. Streamlined performance of remote agents Another small victory of our 1.6.2 update was the improved communication between remote agents and the main application. The pooling process is basically carried out on the remote agents servers and the data is being sent to the master application for proper storage. What we did was to significantly reduce the number of queries sent to and retrieved from the main application, which in result allows you to collect the data now faster and from even more devices at the same time. Numerous system tweaks and adjustments Interested in some other possibilities the brand-new EasyDCIM v1.6.2 equips you with? Be sure to look over this convenient features list: DNS Management For EasyDCIM v1.3.0 - automated set up of DNS zones and rDNS records during order activation OS Installation For EasyDCIM v1.5.1 - added provisioning tasks history and means to define the "ComputerName" value based on the "Hostname" field Enhanced security of most vital password types (Access Control List) Added option to upload files straight from the device summary view More flexible management of remote agents As your company expands, you need to think of ever more efficient ways to keep all your assets in a firm grasp. Luckily, with EasyDCIM v1.6.2 on the loose you may take the bother of routine data center check-ups entirely, and do something more exciting in the meantime. Like, for example, exploring the full depths of our newly released update and dropping us a comment on how you feel about all the changes we have made! View The Changelog! Updating from EasyDCIM version prior to 1.6.0? Since EasyDCIM 1.6.0 was the first version ever to fully support the Debian 9 “Stretch” operating system only, the direct upgrades to 1.6.2 from any version prior to 1.6.0 may be a little bit tricky. Therefore, we would strongly encourage you to contact our Support Team and let us assist you with the whole process. No need to worry, this should take just a moment. To make sure everything goes as smooth as possible, please take the below steps: Open a new support ticket with "EasyDCIM v1.6.0 update" as its title. Provide access data to the SSH server on which your current EasyDCIM version is installed (account with root privileges required). Provide access data to the SSH server you want to migrate to (account with root privileges and Debian 9 system required). Please kindly stand by as we perform a back-up of your EasyDCIM and migrate the data. Switch the application to live after verifying the correctness of the 1.6.2 version. We are at full readiness to lend you a helpful hand in updating your EasyDCIM any time!
Aug 27, 2019
Going Big & Going Green – Netcetera Case Study
Which data center company doesn’t dream of expanding its operations to the new markets? It is only natural that once you settle in comfortably with your venture, the vision of making even bigger of a profit soon pops in. The first foothold that needs to be established for the future growth is choosing the DCIM software that you will rely on to manage, organize and monitor the components of your data center. And, as our most recent case study of a certain British company proves, the sooner you find the right solution for yourself, the sooner you can start branching out safely. Feel welcome to follow us on this insightful talk with Chris Murrell, the Chief Technology Officer at Netcetera! The struggle was real Today Netcetera is one of Europe's leading web hosting service providers, supplying customers worldwide with top-notch colocation, dedicated servers and managed infrastructure services scaled perfectly to their needs. Chris admits that with such an extensive offer come great demands. Being active on the market since 1996, the company had to find a viable way to centralize all their daily activities from device assignment and supervision to client management. Curious about how Netcetera was able to keep all those aspects under control, we asked Chris what kind of software they used before moving to EasyDCIM: "We relied on our own, in-built DCIM solution to manage PDUs, switches and other devices, but all of that on a very basic level. Nothing as advanced as EasyDCIM which is an all-in-one control panel for everything you need – adding switches or PDU devices to a server, handling clients and so on." As a matter of fact, Netcetera is not the first company that we interviewed which developed their own, in-house software. But just like in other cases, instead of sinking money into the current tool and expanding it with further features, they opted for an external, fully-fledged solution. The choice which, as Chris remarks, was simply a much more rational and easier alternative for them at the time: "We were looking for a solution to let clients manage their dedicated servers as well as reboot and reinstall them whenever needed." While the proprietary software they developed was fairly practical for the internal use, it simply allowed for very little freedom when it comes to remote server management from the client’s side. All pieces of data center inventory finally in place DCIM software guarantees that all tasks within data center are done exactly the same way each time they are performed. Chris reveals that using EasyDCIM, they were able to reduce IT costs and by freeing up those extra resources - increase service quality: "We have been running our data center for over 28 years and have grown a substantial customer base that is constantly growing every day, in large extent thanks to EasyDCIM." During our interview, Chris pointed out multiple ways in which EasyDCIM streamlined the internal, day-to-date tasks flow in Netcetera: "We use EasyDCIM not only for clients but also ourselves. We have added all our PDUs and switches in it so it’s now easy for us to discover why, for example, a certain device didn’t turn on or off as wanted. EasyDCIM is great for managing all sorts of devices and controlling our infrastructure in overall." Imagine a day of work without having to carry out any of the menial tasks ever again. This is how Chris and his fellow staff members felt after delegating the control over their devices fully to EasyDCIM. Before, they had to first find the correct server, then the rack, and lastly, go through all the switches to see what port they were connected to. "With EasyDCIM we are able to look up the server and view all the relates switches, ports and PDUs right away" – Chris comments. Fostering the culture of environment-friendly data center Optimizing the daily work is just one of the benefits Netcetera discovered after centralizing their infrastructure management into EasyDCIM. Another perk was the ability to further reduce the carbon footprint of their data center facility by increasing power efficiency. The policy of green hosting that the company has been guided by since its formation is being executed through multiple means, including the routine monitoring of data center devices usage. "Every month we are doing a special report detailing how much power usage our PDUs generate so before EasyDCIM we had to implement an external network monitoring software for this purpose. EasyDCIM provides us by default with all the statistics we are concerned about the most and allows us to access them via intelligent graphs. As a matter of fact, we used all different kinds of software for traffic monitoring but only with EasyDCIM it’s all there in one place." But EasyDCIM is not only about empowering data center owners. We wanted to give end clients the same amount of freedom when it comes to the supervision of their servers and real-time power usage straight within the confines of a dedicated customer panel. Did we accomplish that? Chris’s final words seem to be speaking in favor of this fact: "Our audience can easily see how much traffic they’re using and we can bill them every month which is just the perfect solution for us. Also, having remote access to all basic server commands is a huge convenience for them on an everyday basis." Summing up All good things come to an end and so did our wonderful chat with Chris Murrell. But before parting ways, we could not help ourselves but to humbly ask Chris if he would recommend our software to other entrepreneurs. He was more than generous with his response: "Oh, I would recommend EasyDCIM hands down. It has everything in one place, it’s easy to manage and the support is great as well. Whenever I have an issue or get stuck on something, I message the team and they get back to me with further instructions or working solutions." We are ever so grateful to Netcetera for this huge vote of confidence. Being able to do what we are passionate about and helping other businessmen at the same time is for us the best kind of a reward we could ever wish for. Not a part of the EasyDCIM family yet? Feel invited to power our ranks! See our system in action and join now to make your data center management a labor of love!
Aug 1, 2019
EasyDCIM v1.6.1 – New UI, New Possibilities!
Running a data center business is a tough challenge as it is. Why complicate it even more by designing a control panel that is overflowing with features, but features arranged so poorly that you do not know where to start? During the creation and ongoing development of EasyDCIM we were always guided by three golden rules: intuitiveness, simplicity and purposefulness. Today we are both excited and proud to announce that we pushed this idea much further ahead with our freshly released 1.6.1 version! Buckle up, we are going for a ride through all the most important attractions of this game-changing new update! Modernized design of main dashboard Are you the kind of person who likes to grasp all the details of a situation with just a single glance? You will definitely enjoy the whole new look and feel of our control panel then. Especially noticeable in the two most vital areas – main dashboard and server summary, this massive interface redesign is meant to guarantee even smoother interaction with the application. Thanks to the more comprehensive information about your locations and devices gathered in one place, you no longer need to switch between the tabs to keep your data center under control 24/7. Let us have a quick overview of the new dashboard layout: 1. Locations - here you can see the list of your locations along with such specifics as traffic from last hour, rack cabinets occupancy, power usage from last hour as well as the number of currently active and inactive servers. Moreover, using the handy widget to the right you can easily view the traffic and usage statistics from a chosen time period, for each location individually. 2. Recent Activity - no operations on your devices will slip your attention ever again since all system notifications will be nicely archived and organized in this section. 3. Top Servers - this widget was designed to let you instantly see your top six servers, additionally sorting them out according to used transfer for the last day as well as uptime. 4. Selected Reports - would you like to keep a sharp eye on the specific statistics at all times? In this area of the dashboard you can gain quick insight into the reports that interest you the most. Network ports traffic from the past five minutes? There it is, right at your fingertips! 5. EasyDCIM License - the last piece of information that you may want to have always at hand. It will inform you on such details of your license as, for example, type of the chosen pricing model and billing status, number of owned devices or current system version. Overhauled server summary view The second section of the system which was rebuilt for enhanced convenience is the summary view of a server. 1. Device Details - the most basic information about the server presented in a compact form. One click on the neighboring, built-in tab and you can preview some more specific parameters or even initiate the installation of a new operating system. This section also contains fully editable notes and comments on the servers. 2. Connections - from here you can check really quick your server’s connection with IPMI, switches and PDU devices. 3. Traffic Aggregation - a practical graph illustrating traffic aggregation from the selected time frame. 4. Assigned Metadata - considering the importance of this particular widget to users, we rearranged it a little bit and grouped metadata into categories. This should make the information even more easily accessible than before. 5. Important Notifications - just like in the dashboard, all notifications on servers appearing in the system will be logged here as well. ACL – extended set of user permissions ACL (Access Control List) has become an integral part of EasyDCIM as with the release of 1.5.2 version. It allows you to greatly increase the security of your infrastructure by creating custom user groups and defining their access to various parts of the system. The scope of available permissions has been further widened up with plenty of new options revolving around: 1. Devices Management: Device Bays, Monitors, Power Usage, VLANs Notifications Graphs 2. Orders Management: Activate, Suspend, Unsuspend, Terminate Service Delete, Create, Edit, Accept, Reject Order 3. API: Devices, Racks, Floors Users Inventory Of course this is just a snapshot of the areas that you will have full control over. For the rest of them, feel free to see the official changelog. Assorted improvements and other features Optimizing the transparency of the interface was our primary, but not the only focus in the 1.6.1 release. We have compiled a series of other upgrades as well, including the following: Quick Search Tool - look up with a single click the desired IP address or subnet whenever you need it and no matter in which section of EasyDCIM you currently are Location Power Consumption report - display power consumption from one of four available time intervals Location Usage (GB) report – trace the changes in your transfer usage from any available time frame Possibility to filter servers based on the IP address and subnet address in CIDR notation Added means to create a graph with traffic statistics generated from all devices assigned to a specific user From overhauled UI interface giving your control panel a modern and fresh look to almost doubled set of ACL permissions now at your disposal. These are still just the highlights of features that make the new EasyDCIM v1.6.1. Which ones are your personal saviors? Be sure to see the complete record of changes available in the changelog right below! Reveal More! Using EasyDCIM version prior to 1.6.0? EasyDCIM 1.6.0 is the first version that officially supports the newest Debian 9 "Stretch" only. All new installations of EasyDCIM as well as updates from the 1.6.0 version will be fully automated thanks to the dedicated installer and application updater. No worries there. As for the older systems (from v1.6.0 down), it is advised to contact our Support Team so as to carry out the update in the most safe and comprehensive manner. Lots of our clients have already got in touch with us and switched to the 1.6.0 version. If you do not want any of the new opportunities pass you by, be sure to follow their footsteps and perform each system update easily on your own after that. Open a new support ticket with "EasyDCIM v1.6.0 update" as its title. Provide access data to the SSH server on which your current EasyDCIM version is installed (account with root privileges required). Provide access data to the SSH server you want to migrate to (account with root privileges and Debian 9 system required). Please kindly stand by as we perform a back-up of your EasyDCIM and migrate the data. Switch the application to live after verifying the correctness of the 1.6.1 version. We look forward to lending you a helpful hand in updating your EasyDCIM!
Jul 2, 2019
Empowering DediPath to Grow Without Borders!
For the past couple of months we have been reaching out to various companies we are proud to be partnering with. Mostly, because there is no better way to evaluate the effectiveness of your product than through a first-hand account of the people involved with it on a daily basis. But also, to let these inspiring success stories encourage other business owners to improve their performance from "ok" to "excellent". Today we talk to Dylan Kraklan, Senior Vice President at DediPath, about ways in which EasyDCIM helped his company keep order in their expanding data center infrastructure. Search for a centralized management solution To gain some background on how DediPath came to cross paths with EasyDCIM in the first place, we asked Dylan about the software tools he had the chance to interact with during his 10 years of web and server hosting experience. The first one to be mentioned is proprietary software: "The company I worked for had written their own panel and that was my very first exposure to large-scale management of servers." From Dylan’s further comment we gathered that this type of gear was not necessarily bad. But rather than a commercial and fully-featured product, it was simply something that came out of necessity, to address the company’s most burning needs. And later on, as the business grew, the software grew with it, slightly outdated, as it was maintained by one person only. After switching on to the next company, Dylan recalls testing out a couple of other solutions as well, but none seemed to hit the spot: "There is not a ton of products that do what EasyDCIM does, to a scale it does. We came to the conclusion that even if we were to go with another product comparable to EasyDCIM, it would still require of us to do a lot of programming. And the main reason is that EasyDCIM offers something that no other tool does - fully automated OS installation. You can find a lot of products to put all your servers in a rack, but then you need a second product to manage the IP subnets, and yet another product to manage the OS deployment." As a staff member responsible mainly for network and systems administration, it is fairly easy to comprehend why automatic provisioning was Dylan’s primary concern. And how much keeping everything in one system instead of three benefits the whole company cost-wise as well. The most pressing issue finally resolved Although the subject was more or less covered by Dylan already, we asked him some extra questions in what ways EasyDCIM relieves DediPath on an everyday basis. "One of the things we’ve always wanted to do is be able to give clients IPMI access easily. Now, whenever a new server order is deployed, we have EasyDCIM create new user account automatically, and just send them a custom product welcome email. That gives them the IPMI logins and they can log straight into it themselves." Based on how much time this particular feature saves both Dylan and his team, we guessed this must be their single most favorite utility of EasyDCIM. We were almost right, because the feature that Dylan values the most personally is IP address management. The reason for this is pretty much straightforward: "That’s what I spend most of the day working with. I like this function a lot because at the company we have 20-25k servers and that's a lot of IP addresses to manage, we have a lot of subnets." And to end the interview on a lighter note, Dylan adds with a chuckle that "My other favorite feature is automatic deployment because no one wants to install CentOS by hand anymore." A few final words Our virtual meetup with Dylan confirmed the observations we have made throughout all interviews conducted so far. That regardless of reasons for choosing our software and different ways of running their data centers, all business owners express a similar opinion about EasyDCIM: "It’s a product that does a lot, and in pretty reasonable price too. If you go out there and look for other solutions that will do what EasyDCIM does, you’re going to spend a few times more. Or spend a lot of money upfront to have a custom solution developed for you, and then have to maintain that code base or things are going to break because of extra integrations like with WHMCS." Dylan was in fact yet another person to mention that establishing a two-way connection between EasyDCIM and WHMCS was a huge life-saver for their company. And since that was always one of our primary goals, we are genuinely pleased to hear those kind words of approval. We are always ever so eager to help entrepreneurs break free from the software that is confining their full growth. Explore all cutting-edge solutions that EasyDCIM has to offer and let’s push your data center to new levels of success!
May 27, 2019
Total performance makeover in EasyDCIM v1.6.0!
While today’s exciting release of EasyDCIM v1.6.0 may not come entirely as a surprise, its scope and significance certainly will. In our previous Blog article we shed a bit of light on the upcoming, performance-oriented improvements already, but why not delve into some further details? This way, you will have all the background needed to find your way around this milestone EasyDCIM update real quick. Let’s get started! Dispersed architecture model It goes without saying that the construction of modern network devices monitoring systems poses a lot of challenges to the administrators. One of them is round-the-clock accumulation of large amounts of data such as transfer and power consumption, or current device load. In EasyDCIM the speed with which this data is fetched depends mainly on the total number of devices managed. That is why it is crucial for the information gathering system to be maximally scalable. In the 1.5.5 version, this task was assigned to a single server - the very same one on which EasyDCIM was installed. The single-threaded architecture had certain limitations however as it allowed to send only one request at a time, which might have caused tangible delays while handling large numbers of devices. EasyDCIM v1.6.0 approaches the data collection process in a slightly different way, empowering the administrator to share out this task between many external servers via remote agents. The biggest advantage of dispersed architecture model is that it allows to effectively distribute the load, which ultimately leads to much reduced response time of the system. Being able to switch from one server to a more powerful one whenever needed and without interfering with the main server on which EasyDCIM is installed ensures greater scalability of the application as well. Data collecting agents based on a multi-threaded architecture and closer to end devices are much faster in fetching the information, and more optimal with more devices. Summing up, the newly introduced solution allows you to run many threads at a given time, thanks to which the number of completed tasks increases even a few times, successfully resolving the problem of network latency. NETCONF protocol support The basic network protocol EasyDCIM relies on is SNMP. It allows you to remotely disable and enable network ports for most of network devices such as switches or routers. But some devices, like those provided by Juniper and Cisco brands, are not supported by SNMP. To let administrators remotely manage the devices of those manufacturers in the same manner, we then implemented the integration with NETCONF. NETCONF management protocol is an XML-based protocol used by client applications to request and change configuration information about network devices. The way it works is that a NETCONF server sends a request to the appropriate software modules of the device, encrypts the response and returns it to the client application. Briefly speaking, NETCONF provides a robust API for interacting with network nodes and can be easily used to insert or download structured data from the device, thus facilitating the automation of everyday device management. A solid package of new gear Let us also have a quick overview of some other utilities that may capture your interest: IP Address Management For EasyDCIM v1.6.0 – streamlined management of VLANs, subnets, IP addresses, and orders OS Installation For EasyDCIM v1.5.0 - added post installation scripts for Debian "Jessie" and Debbie "Stretch" plus new VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 OS installation template More advanced support for remote agents Means to export QR codes for devices and items Possibility to easily create and update device types through API Since the list of total changes is too long to squeeze them in here, make sure to visit the official changelog of EasyDCIM v1.6.0 just under the below link! Explore More! The final major change - Debian 9 support In its previous versions, EasyDCIM offered support for two operating systems: Debian 8 "Jessie" and Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS (Xenial Xerus). Since both have grown slightly out of date, soon the support for their most important service updates as well as security improvements will be ceased. In light of this fact, the only operating system that EasyDCIM v1.6.0 can be installed on is Debian 9 "Stretch". Why Debian? First off, it is one of the oldest Linux distributions prized for its stability, security as well as excellent package management system that automatically solves dependency issues. Another fact that acts in favor of this operating system are regular releases of new stable versions and full 3-year client support for every following release plus 2-year support for previous versions as part of the Long Term Support project. Further steps Specially for the release of 1.6.0 version we have created a dedicated installer and application updater that will automatically detect the current operating system at the time of EasyDCIM set-up. New installations will require then no extra effort on your part. However, if you want to update your application from the previous versions (regardless of the OS EasyDCIM was installed on), we strongly encourage you to follow the below instructions in order to perform the update in the most secure manner. Open a new support ticket with "EasyDCIM v1.6.0 update" as its title. Provide access data to the SSH server on which your current EasyDCIM version is installed (account with root privileges required) Provide access data to the SSH server you want to migrate to (account with root privileges and Debian 9 system required) Please kindly stand by as we perform a back-up of your EasyDCIM and migrate the data. Switch the application to live after verifying the correctness of the 1.6.0 version. As you can see, you are only a few steps away from delving into all ingenious tools this revolutionized EasyDCIM edition has to offer. Ready to make the first one? Get In Touch!
May 9, 2019
A Sneak Peek Into EasyDCIM v1.6.0
For the past few weeks we have been really busy, with our focus set on the soon-to-be-released EasyDCIM v1.6.0. But before it is ready for the official arrival, would you like to hear some spicy details about the variety of novel tools we prepared for you guys? If so, be sure to read on! Along with the increase in number of devices added to EasyDCIM, the amount of resources needed to collect all information about these devices significantly rises as well. As you can easily figure out, this in turn may lead to network latency and unwelcome delays in data fetching. To counteract this problem, EasyDCIM v1.6.0 will rely on the dispersed architecture model where the data collection process will be distributed to external servers via multiple remote agents, capable of performing many more queries in a given time interval. Speaking of remote agents, if you ever installed OS in several separate data center locations via EasyDCIM, you might be quite familiar with this term already. Given their sheer practicality, we extended support for remote agents in the 1.6.0 version even further, securing their integration with the IP Address Management For EasyDCIM module, enabling Post Installation Scripts for Debian 8 and Debian 9, and adding an extra OS installation template: VMware ESXi 6.5 U1. Next on our list of scheduled implementations is support for a completely new protocol type – NETCONF. Its main purpose will be the remote management of those network devices that the current SNMP protocol does not support. This includes mainly switches of Juniper and Cisco brands. Summing up this brief features overview, we can safely say that the 1.6.0 release of EasyDCIM will have much to offer in terms of improved performance across virtually every section of the application. But, so as not to lose the element of surprise and spoil the fun of first-hand exploration for you, that is about as much early details as we can share for now. As soon as the EasyDCIM update becomes officially available, we will release a follow-up article so keep your eyes peeled! Stay Tuned! See also our latest Case Study articles on LibyanSpider and Blazing SEO.
Apr 17, 2019
Rayobyte Said Yes to Data Center Automation!
Modern data center architectures are getting more and more complex. So much so that without a robust automation strategy managing them would be close to impossible. Unarguably, automation spares lots of pains by minimizing human errors, cutting the costs and freeing up the staff from mundane but essential data center tasks. No one knows it better than Neil Emeigh, President at Rayobyte. We were more than honored to help his company thrive on ever new levels of automation through our software. Recently Neil agreed to join us in a little chat and spill some beans on what made his company choose EasyDCIM in the first place. Have a pleasant reading! Before EasyDCIM... Rayobyte has stepped into the data center market a few years back and as many other start-ups, soon realized the amount of work that was cut out for them. Most of all, they needed a reliable automation software solution that would provide centralized access to all their data center resources. First off, we asked Neil what tools Rayobyte was using for this purpose before finding their way to EasyDCIM. The very first solution (Neil could not help but smile at the sheer thought of it) was just a makeshift excel sheet online that they quickly abandoned in search of more efficient alternatives. But none of them seemed to meet the needs of a yet developing company entirely. The two software instruments that did capture their interest were either too pricey, or "features were impossible to implement upon request, nor could we do it ourselves due to no API. Too many bugs/issues didn't allow us to be comfortable growing." After being on a hunt for a perfect tool for a while, Rayobyte came across EasyDCIM, and luckily for both sides – stayed there for longer. ...And After Today, Rayobyte uses EasyDCIM to run and manage hundreds of servers that operate their popular proxy service. Interested in what exactly changed for Rayobyte after they have switched their business automation software, we turned to Neil for some extra insight. And we got more than we could have wished for! "All of our owned hardware and parts are stored in a single system that allows for automatic ordering with WHMCS. Other management abilities (PDU, switch, CPU/temp/etc, etc) are yet to be used to their full potential, but as they continue to mature we'll be adopting them more and more. The biggest achievement is being comfortable having all our inventory in a system we can trust for the long term." Being obsessed with server provisioning and management automation, we never stop seeking new ways to push it to the next level in EasyDCIM. This obviously includes peeking at the other players on the market and learning a thing or two from them whenever we can. This time also we jumped at the opportunity and picked Neil’s brains on how he would rate automation in EasyDCIM versus other software his company had the chance to test out. Without a shadow of doubt in his voice, Neil concluded that most of them, "from order to sending out an email for the credentials for the server and the IPMI include some steps that require human involvement and we didn’t have that problem with EasyDCIM." Being oriented at fast service delivery, you must be able to reduce the time needed for ongoing tasks and concentrating on more strategic projects. And who doesn’t like the idea of generating maximum profit with minimum effort, right? Neil also agrees that "spending an hour of engineer time to set up a server takes away a lot from the bottom line". Establishing a solid software background is pivotal to reducing IT costs without losing out on service quality. And we feel extremely proud to have been recognized by Rayobyte as a means to this end! Before heading over to the last part of our conversation, we probed Neil about the feature that his company keeps deriving the greatest advantage from. "Full automatic deployment from start to end after a WHMCS order. This end to end solution has potential that is not seen very easily on the market elsewhere." This particular piece of feedback added a lot to our confidence because many clients in fact approached us on the subject of integration between EasyDCIM and WHMCS in the past. And so, seeing the growing interest in this popular billing and automation platform, we finally hooked up with guys from ModulesGarden who are experts at designing high-end addons for the WHMCS system. As a result of this close cooperation two modules were delivered - EasyDCIM Dedicated Servers For WHMCS and EasyDCIM Colocation For WHMCS. Both are offered completely free of charge to let you enjoy the best of two worlds at the same time. And it was great to hear from Rayobyte they really do! The power of feedback Many companies shy away from customer feedback. Because sometimes it comes with appraisals, sometimes – expectations. We thrive on both. To us, software development is more about brainstorming ideas with clients, finding the most optimal solutions, and working hard towards their direct implementation. And Rayobyte was more than generous with all the support they shared on our platform throughout these many months of being our dear partner. During today’s session we received even some more: "Without your responsive team fixing bugs, adding features, etc, my feelings toward the product might be entirely different. You have me as a customer for life and your one-time expenses for this amazing developer team will pay off over the months/years. A very wise business model that I highly suggest you continue to pursue." These words melted our hearts. But much as we appreciate this token of loyalty, we never intend to simply rest on our laurels. So, looking ahead into the future of EasyDCIM a bit, we asked Neil Emeigh about the upgrades that he would still love to see in our software. At the top of his company’s list appeared a broader toolkit related to IP management. And feeling pretty closely aligned with this prospect, we already look forward to getting around to it in earnest! Final thoughts Nowadays data centers have plenty of responsibilities, but not necessarily personnel. Rayobyte realized that the only way up is through full-time automation of their server ordering, provisioning, and management processes. This decision led them straight to EasyDCIM. Did they ever consider switching back to the tools they once tested? We believe Neil's following words to speak for themselves: "As for server management, inventory, monitoring, ordering, etc, nothing compares to EasyDCIM in terms of functionality and price." Slightly apprehensive but also full of hope, the moment came to ask Neil the decisive question. Whether he would recommend EasyDCIM to other server providers struggling with similar shortages his company once faced. Neil answered with an anecdote about how he met up with a close friend only to find out that they both used and loved EasyDCIM. This can only mean one thing - two testimonies are better than one, right? :) But still, nothing can compete with first-hand experience so see for yourself how EasyDCIM can help your company reach new heights of success!
Apr 1, 2019
Devices Always in Check – EasyDCIM v1.5.5!
Do you know what links a data center without a proper device monitoring system and a car with a faulty engine? They are both doomed to fail – and rather sooner than later. Luckily, EasyDCIM supplies you with all the tools you need to keep your inventory well-organized and easily accessible. The 1.5.5 release we have the pleasure of announcing today, makes this process even more automated and time-effective that ever before! Quick device and user overview Our very latest edition of EasyDCIM all gravitated toward more intuitive forms navigation enabled by useful helpers and placeholders. Wanting to push this idea some further, we now added equally handy tooltips for at least several different device types in EasyDCIM. Owing to this, every time you hover over a certain device from your inventory, a pop up notification will appear with all crucial details on the given item. Of course, the tooltip contents will vary depending on the device kind, including always the most essential information you may need on the fly. For example, the tooltip of the server on the below screen includes such data as location, assigned client, status and bandwidth usage. While here you may quickly pick such specifics of the chosen PDU like its label, model, location, number of outlets, or power usage from the set interval. The complete list of supported device types includes: Server Blade Server Network (Switches & Routers) PDU Colocation CPU, RAM and HDD Items But that is not all. In the same manner you will be able to preview summary of each user and with a single glance access the list of their devices along with specific location plus aggregated traffic from last month. Extended QR codes support Another area of focus in EasyDCIM v1.5.5 are QR codes. Each data center consists of multiple interconnected appliances which most of the time are handled remotely, ensuring maximum administrative supervision. But what if you need physical access to a certain device? Unless you have your equipment properly systematized, finding the right item to work on may take more of your time than you can probably spare. For this very purpose, we introduced the possibility to label each hardware component with designated QR codes that contain the most vital information on the device and can be easily printed out from the EasyDCIM panel. To best illustrate how this simple function can optimize the management of your entire physical inventory, let us walk you through a real-life scenario: The administrator prints out the QR code for a device (a server in our case). Then, the QR code in a paper form is placed on the corresponding physical device in the server room. The data center technician scans the QR code using his smartphone. After clicking the link, a window opens up with all specifications about the device. The technician is able to quickly check which parts are to be manually added to the server, without even having to log in to the application. And here is how the entire process looks like in a live demonstration: Numerous other novelties and improvements In addition to the already mentioned cornerstones, the toolkit of EasyDCIM has been further boosted with some other practical features as well. Assigning metadata for such items like CPU, RAM or HDD Possibility to define bulk metadata values for SNMP Settings and IPMI Settings Power to block certain actions within a particular device (boot device, install operating system, activate service and more) Maintaining order in your data center inventory is one of the chores that we cannot get rid of entirely. Just yet at least. But we definitely can make it as automated, effortless, and labor-saving as possible. As always, we would love to hear what you think about the type of Admin Experience we are striving towards with each next release of EasyDCIM. If there is anything you feel like sharing with our team, the comments section is all yours! Oh, and do not forget to follow up on the remaining points of our 1.5.5 update! View The Changelog!
Mar 14, 2019
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