Administration#

This section provides an overview of the administrative elements of Squirro, including operations, configuration, and troubleshooting. It’s primarily intended to support customers and partners who maintain an on-premise deployment of Squirro.

For Squirro installation and upgrade, see Installation and Upgrade.

For required downloads, see Downloads.

Overview#

Squirro is designed and optimized for Linux. Installations are provided for the Red Hat® and CentOS distributions, both in the cloud or on-premise.

Squirro is built as a service-oriented platform. All services work as self-contained units of functionality and therefore are suited for different scenarios. Squirro can match small but also complex and large-scale requirements. All Squirro services communicate via RESTful API. The Squirro API is open and allows for 3rd party integration for all services and functionality.

Components#

All non-Squirro components are open-source components.

Component

Function

High Availability

Squirro Application (see Services)

  • Core Squirro Engine

  • Squirro Frontend UI

  • Squirro RESTful API

yes

Elasticsearch

  • Squirro Documents Storage Layer

  • Search Engine

yes

MySQL

  • Squirro Configuration Metadata

yes

Redis Cache

  • Squirro Cache for application and frontend

yes

Squirro Python SDK

  • Python Wrapper SDK for Squirro RESTful API

n/a

Squirro Toolbox

  • Squirro File Importer

  • Squirro Bulk Importer

  • Squirro Bulk Loader

  • Squirro MySQL Connector

  • Squirro Exchange Connector

  • Squirro Known Entity Processors

n/a

Squirro YUM Repository

  • Simple Installation and Updating of Squirro components

n/a

Squirro Puppet Configuration

  • Simple and robust way of centrally configuring all Squirro related settings and configuration items

Versions#

Squirro supports two different types of deployments - cloud and on-premise. Updating installations in the cloud is done by the Squirro staff, based on individual agreements with the customer. For on-premise deployments, the upgrade process is driven by the customer directly.

Please see the Release Notes section for details about individual releases or reach out to Squirro Support about scheduled upcoming release dates.

Supported Platforms#

Squirro supports the following two standardized platforms.

Platform

Version

Comments

Cloud

n/a

A separate cloud is generally set up for each customer, to isolate the different installations. Squirro generally works with Amazon Web Services for cloud deployments. But other cloud services are supported on demand.

Linux

Red Hat® and CentOS. See System Requirements for details.

  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®

    • License provided by customer

    • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® support for the standard operating system components

  • CentOS Linux:

    • No license required

    • Community based support for standard operating system components

Configuration#

For information on configuring Squirro, including the Configuration Service, all configuration files, security and encryption, SSL certificates, default language settings, and email templates, see Configuration.

Operations#

To learn more about administrative operations, including accessing servers, managing Elasticsearch, cluster status, scaling Squirro, business continuity planning (BCP), monitoring, and fixing MySQL/MariaDB replication issues, see Operations.

External Authentication and Authorization#

Squirro allows you to work with external authentication, authorization, and single sign-on (SSO) providers. For more information, see External Authentication.

Administrative Troubleshooting#

For help with common administrative issues, including how to investigate performance issues, see Troubleshooting.