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The future of Pandora FMS: 2020-2021 roadmap

December 3, 2019

The future of Pandora FMS: 2020-2021 roadmap

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Pandora FMS 2020-2021 Roadmap

Some of the most common questions we face daily are related to our future plans or the roadmap of Pandora FMS.

Thanks to our customers and users, we know you expect us to integrate increasingly more features into the Pandora FMS interface and architecture. But it is not just about improving what we already have to make it more efficient, user-friendly and fast, but about going beyond, much further.

In the next two years, we want to take a qualitative leap to make Pandora FMS not only the most versatile monitoring tool on the market, but also the essential tool for day-to-day IT management and operation, integrating areas such as automation, CMDB, security monitoring and automated deployment. We want to apply artificial intelligence to automate certain analysis that users had to carry out themselves before, and thus make their daily work easier.

IT Automation

We are currently working on it. In release 741, we already incorporated the cornerstone of our proposal (OmniShell), a tool to execute commands in a distributed way, using current agent technology.

We want to make Pandora FMS, without any piece of third-party software and keeping its centralized console philosophy, become the key to IT automation: deploying software, making corrective changes, executing configurations, changing deployments, applying patches and many other tasks that can be automated and deployed in change policies, applying them on groups of Linux or Windows machines and network devices.

Security monitoring

Having an agent installed in a system, whether it might be a workstation or a server, provides the opportunity to perform a constant equipment security analysis, both at the configuration level (hardening) and the correct execution of key services for corporate security (antivirus, backup). In addition, it is possible to detect if the computer executes suspicious processes, has an unusual CPU or network usage pattern, or to know when unauthorized software is installed. Also, through hardware, firmware or application version inventory, vulnerable computers can be identified, whether operating systems or network hardware, such as printers, AP’s, IP cameras or any IoT you may manage.

Thanks to our event and log integrated monitoring, you may combine IDS or Firewall alerts and logs of specific security applications, to display in real time, on your security dashboards, the evolution of the security index of your organization, sorted by areas and teams, highlighting key issues. In security monitoring, the most important thing is not to see when the failure happens, but to be able to prevent possible security risks such as Ransomware attacks, botnets and unsecured computers that appear on your network.

We believe that unifying all the information and taking advantage of monitoring deployment puts us in a better position to prevent attacks and cut down risks.

CMDB

Thanks to monitoring, self-discovery and the collected information, we can offer users their own CMDB, fully integrated in Pandora FMS, which is fed in real time. You may apply on it HelpDesk logic, which Pandora FMS integrates together with Integria: issues, change management, as well as the new IT automation features. Thanks to the developments in self-discovery, relationships at network, application and service levels can be linked.

You may create graphs to represent service dependencies, make impact simulations (fall, service loss), park obsolescence reports and integrate them completely with third-party processes, thanks to a powerful REST API, so that the CMDB is the core of its IT management.

Cloud-based deployment

The new Pandora CTL is designed to cloud deploy monitoring environments on-demand (Amazon, Google), deploying and provisioning Metaconsole nodes, updating them (updates), performing unattended agent installations and uninstalls, verifying the installation and proper performance of each process and many other operations. The final goal is to be able to manage, in a 100% automated way the whole process, from the installation to the update and configuration of each Pandora FMS element in a 100% cloud environment.

With this technology, we intend to manage directly up to the magic figure of 1 million devices, in a flexible and automated way, adding and eliminating Metaconsole nodes on demand.

Applied AI

Let us not fool ourselves: we all know that monitoring patterns depend on each source of information, but we will use modern AI techniques to detect changes in each pattern and apply alerts and thresholds automatically and more effectively. We want to perform historical monitoring analysis to predict trends, establish automatic correlation alerts and, using CMDB rules, better detect the very source of the failure (root cause analysis).

Usability

Monitoring tools are complex, but since the very beginning of Pandora FMS we have made an effort to not make it like that. For this reason, we will keep enhancing our interface, our reports and our APPs, to condense and sublimate the full power of Pandora FMS, and make it increasingly easier to understand and use. It is a constant commitment that we are especially aware of. Perhaps this is the most complicated challenge of all, the one we will always have to strive for.


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