[Balug-announce] BayLISA Monthly: 9/16/04: Forests & Trees: Building Open Source Discovery with XML, Philippe Ombredanne

Strata R. Chalup strata@virtual.net
Sat Aug 28 12:55:30 PDT 2004

       BayLISA Monthly Technical Talk & General Meeting

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Where: Apple Computer, Town Hall Auditorium
Addr:  Four Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA
Date:  Thursday, 16 September 2004
Time:  7:30pm - 9:30pm PST

Forests and Trees: Building an Open Source Discovery & Management Tool 
with XML
Philippe Ombredanne

In a an ideal world everything on the network would have a simple 
management interface, and every tool could access it. Well, in our real 
world, large shops typically have at least one version of every major 
network equipment, hardware, and software produced in the last ten years....

As sysadmins, we rely on a mixture of commercial and open source network 
management tools and a lot of scripting and elbow grease to accomplish 
our magic. What about an open source system where all management data 
could be accessed remotely, without an agent to install on your 1000 
servers and all protocols could be used with a friendly URL, and return 
standardized data that could queried and combined together regardless of 
where they are coming from?

The recipe? Put a dose of ssh, sftp, http, nmap, smb, snmp, wbem, wmi, 
nfs, webdav, dns, dhcp, smtp, wins, ldap, sql, mibs, mofs, ping, arp and 
a couple other in a large pot. Stir well your alphabet soup, throw in a 
couple RFCs for spice, then add a pinch of URI, XML, Xpath and Xquery, 
some scripting, heat up to a gentle boil, and you get something that 
might taste good, or at least different.

In this presentation, we will walk through design issues and trade-offs 
for such an open source system, and show new ways to extend the web and 
XML to network management, using existing tools, techniques, and skills. 
Some live demo will be made of the kind of weird and funny capabilities 
that are exposed.

Philippe Ombredanne is the CTO of nexB, a developer of open source 
enterprise applications, the last frontier for open source. He was 
previously at BearingPoint, Accenture, and McDonnell Douglas, where he 
worked as a sysadmin, developer, and consultant.

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Strata Rose Chalup [KF6NBZ]                      strata "@" virtual.net
VirtualNet Consulting                            http://www.virtual.net/
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