OpenNMS Horizon 30, the latest major release of OpenNMS’ popular open source network monitoring solution, was announced today by The OpenNMS Group, Inc. With the Horizon 30 release, OpenNMS improves network traffic analysis by offering advanced NetFlow thresholding and centralised storage of network device configurations, among other enterprise-friendly enhancements.
Along with Horizon 30, OpenNMS announced the official release of the OpenNMS Plugin API 1.0, which gives the developer community a reliable resource for building plugins that exchange data between OpenNMS and other systems.
Horizon 30 expands on OpenNMS’s existing traffic analysis support by introducing the ability to generate real-time alarms by analysing flow data with algorithms that support high, low, and relative change threshold computations. Users can now define fine-grained network circuit monitoring to detect anomalies and changes in network traffic, ensuring circuits remain healthy and bandwidth-related issues are identified quickly.
Users can now back up network device configurations on demand and/or schedule periodic backups in Horizon 30. Horizon offers the ability to manually restore backed up configurations as well as the storage of centralised device configurations for comparative analysis in the event of an unexpected configuration change.
Horizon 30 has the following additional features and enhancements:
– OpenNMS Grafana Plugin Update (Helm 8.0): Updates the OpenNMS and Grafana integration to provide a combination of fault, performance, and NetFlow data visualisation in a single solution. Grafana dashboards built with OpenNMS Helm can now include monitoring location filtering, offer swapping of ingress and egress flow metrics, and use wildcard support to display data more dynamically than ever before.
– Improved Device Inventory Workflow: a new method of configuring the monitored device inventory subsystem, with a user-friendly interface and a powerful API backend.
– OpenAPI Support: Allows users to interact with the OpenNMS REST API directly from a web browser, speeding up comprehension and decreasing time to value.
– Event-sourced Data Collection: Connects fault-management and performance-management, allowing performance metrics to be extracted from the fault-management domain. Metrics from SNMP traps or syslog messages can now be saved for visualisation and thresholding.
– Learning-Enabled Correlation Architecture (ALEC) Users can now view correlated situations and their constituent alarms on the topology map as well as in list form, thanks to Topology Provider.
OpenNMS Plugin API 1.0: Creating Long-Term Integrations
With the official release of the Plugin API 1.0, OpenNMS provides a development ecosystem that enables network infrastructure integration into a generalised framework of events, metrics, flows, and topology. OpenNMS has many integration points, making it a solid platform for building the monitoring solution that an organisation requires. The Plugin API identifies, documents, and guarantees ongoing compatibility for those integration points, allowing developers to create plugins that target a specific set of interfaces and work with a wide range of OpenNMS releases. As the Plugin API becomes more widely used, the community will benefit from an ecosystem of plugins that can be built faster, validated more easily, and guaranteed to be compatible with future OpenNMS releases.