About Umbrella Linux

Translations: ru

Umbrella Linux is a collaboration platform for system’s administrators to work on a complex and full-featured IT infrastructure of an organization (big or small).

At the moment, Umbrella Linux installs and maintains a parametrized Unix systems cluster (including both servers and workstations) with LDAP-based centralized users and workstation management; Kerberos-based single sign on; NFSv4 shared filesystem; DNS zone management, organization’s web server; external and internal E-mail services (including, optionally configured Webmail interface); Jabber-based intra-organization conferencing (with optional transparent encrypted communication across a set of trusted Umbrella Linux instances); roaming (but fully controlled and configured) workstations, communicating via VPN; X2Go-based terminal service for local underpowered machines and for remote graphical access to the system; user’s workstations can be (re)deployed locally by booting from the network or remotely via an automatic individually-generated installation script.

The security and monitoring features include the external firewall and DMZ for the externally-accessible services (except for the SSH protocol), Nagios for checking the services status, OSSEC for log analysis and active response to known threats, and, of course, the non-stop control of the confuguration of all the servers and workstations using BCFG2.

These are just the major features, much more is inside.

All in all the Umbrella Linux aims at including all the services required for an independent functioning of small/medium/large organization implementing its own cloud in the information space.