KIRCHHOFF Automotive monitors its global infrastructure with Checkmk
A modern enterprise with a long history
KIRCHHOFF Automotive is a family business with a long tradition. The success story began as early as 1785, in those days as a manufacturer of sewing needles. Since then, the company has repeatedly managed to modernize its product range, growing to become one of the most important development partners in the German automotive industry. Today, the company generates annual sales of 1.25 billion Euros.
Distributed monitoring for systems around the globe
KIRCHHOFF runs three operational monitoring sites and a central site for managing the distributed monitoring in Germany. In addition, there are remote sites in China, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, and the USA, which monitor the systems in these countries. In total, the IT team monitors over 1,000 hosts with 35,000 services.
A multi-faceted enterprise IT monitoring
KIRCHHOFF Automotive has been doing well with Checkmk and has so far not required any support from tribe29 or a partner. The IT team used the Checkmk documentation and video tutorials to set up and expand their monitoring. Like other companies in the automotive industry, KIRCHHOFF Automotive has to comply with the TISAX (Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange) security standard. Since Checkmk has a very secure architecture and also supports security mechanisms such as encryption, obtaining certification was no problem. The customization of Checkmk was minimal and well-documented. This is important because the IT team has to prepare an assessment report for TISAX. In addition, the IT team was able to set up efficient workflows for the processing of alerts and map these directly in Checkmk.
With Checkmk, KIRCHHOFF Automotive can efficiently monitor all of its worldwide IT infrastructure. The administration of the distributed monitoring is simple, and at the same time Checkmk requires minimal hardware resources. Checkmk is also flexible and comes with a wide range of monitoring integrations. For example, KIRCHHOFF Automotive can obtain and combine monitoring data via the Checkmk agents and via the HPE management board to monitor its HPE servers. This means that the IT team always has an overview of all important metrics regarding the servers’ hardware and software.