Zabbix

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enterprise open source monitoring solution for networks and applications

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Zabbix review by <span>Sean S.</span>
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What do you like best?

Zabbix is a customizable open source tool that adapts well to a wide variety of applications, allowing centralized monitoring of a complete infrastructure. It's easy to build custom plugins for applications that may not be part of the existing community. It's a very visual tool and useful for trending and visualizing your data.

It allows the creation of custom graphs, charts and alerts. Its extensibility means that we can use it as a single monitoring and alerting solution for nearly everything we do.

What do you dislike?

There is a relatively steep learning curve to Zabbix. Some of the navigation and screens are not initially intuitive and take some getting used to.

As with any open source project, there are some situations where an enhancement requires you to get your hands dirty. The "vendor" (community) may not have it as a priority so you'll take it upon yourself to develop the change you want.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If evaluating Zabbix, give it a thorough try. It can be difficult to wrap your hear around at first, but it's a lightweight solution that, quirks aside, can be a complete one as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Zabbix to monitor our site infrastructure. This includes load balancers, web servers, databases, storage appliances, etc. We track application and database performance, and monitor throughput.

We use the custom graphing capabilities to produce informative charts. Its ability to show trending data going back for years is helpful for identifying events of interest. For example, we trend a number of response times for hardware and applications and visualize changes to identify the positive or negative impacts.

Zabbix is our centralized monitoring and escalation solution. We create multiple tiers for support personnel, build in escalation paths, and automatically rotate on call resources according to a pre-determined schedule.

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Zabbix review by <span>Tod H.</span>
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Not bad, if you will work on it

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What do you like best?

Zabbix is extremely flexible while having a good architecture for reducing repeating yourself. It has a lot of information available and the ability to customize how you see it. Its support of ipv6 was critical to my decision making as I don't want to have to switch monitoring tools later. I also enjoy changing the interface, as it is relatively easy even if it is via PHP. I suppose I could make a frontend in something else if I really wanted to, as it's all just pulling from the database. This makes report generation simple as well, though I am not doing this in any sort of fancy way yet.

What do you dislike?

It's not very intuitive and frankly their documentation is not very consumable. You basically have to read a lot more than you really should need to in order to get how Zabbix works. Luckily there's a wealth of tutorials out there for a variety of scenarios to get you started. It also supports things that helped me choose it over previous tools I've used for this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be ready to read. All these tools need you to learn a lot about them as they are doing complicated things. Once you're in there it's much easier as you grow your core concepts in the tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I just needed to know what the states of various pieces of infrastructure were. I was pleased that I could also take action upon certain error types, some of which was built in but I could extend it with my own logic.

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Zabbix review by <span>Francisco G.</span>
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Zabbix has given us the ability to monitor all of our servers along with giving us the ability to receive alerts via email/jabber and even integrated it with pager duty. They have a great site to download templates for other devices that are not loaded by default upon installation. They've made it simple to transfer Zabbix to another server. I've had to do this a couple times and it been easy. They're latest version of Zabbix running 3.2 has a great interface. I love how this product has grown and looking beautiful.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the fact there are not a lot of people using this making it hard to find instructional video to help solve problems or how-to's.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Zabbix had included a lot of the templates you need for monitoring already. Use their template site to find relevant templates for your hardware or software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to proactively monitor and resolve an issue that may arise. We can see trends and when problems actually first start.

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Zabbix review by <span>Jorge M. O.</span>
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Life Saving

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What do you like best?

Now i go to my second implementation, in first case the recon of all infrastructure and the availability to have the numbers in seconds to make the capacity planning an easy work. Additional to this, the developers group are very complacent with the fine tunning of web server Apache and GlassFish.

What do you dislike?

The beginning is a hard path when you are a beginner, the "no agent" makes the work easier but you have to load credentials, then a i create limited user in all server just for zabbix.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Zabbix is the app that "what you see, what you get" always can became more, the interface can be better, it can have more features, can do automatic stuff, but is a one of the 3 top of market in this apart. You don´t need a specialized person to deploy and admin (ROI), you can present to the board a real view of the thing, the IT and Network thing. You can better all you environment based on zabbix analysis, saved time for tunning the applications, services and hardware and save money with that (a delight to the managers) you can be better through enhance your server room (recognition)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The sysadmin, creator of word went to another country... and the 60 servers became orphaned. I´m new in the company, my first needed it was to know the environment, every detail. And how do that?... zabbix is the answer.

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Zabbix review by <span>Andris U.</span>
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Great monitoring platform

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We are a WISP and minitoring is very important part of our work. We are using Zabbix for more than 10 years and we are very happy. Zabbix allows you to modify triggers and create your own system what works for you. Their support team great as well.

What do you dislike?

It’s not like I dislike but as it is for free you need to be aware that system will require some knowledge regards database optimisation. But that’s when you are monitoring quite a big network with a lot of items per second.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Zabbix is definitely a worth to try.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Zabbix is our core monitoring platform. Without Zabbix we couldn’t do any support in real time to our customers.

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Zabbix review by <span>Matthew C.</span>
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A stalwart soul amongst its competitors

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What do you like best?

The ease of configuring our various systems into Zabbix and reviewing recorded metrics in a GUI are probably the best features for our team. We've got a lot of resources and aren't typically pushing them to the brink. However, when issues arise, the ability to analyze and correlate load across multiple hosts has been a big win.

What do you dislike?

A monitoring system and the story of the boy who cried wolf, never the twain should meet. Unfortunately, we have some situations where we receive so many messages about an error that it leads to the formation of bad habits. This is largely due to our system architecture and how specific monitors detect and report the same issue on multiple hosts. Specifically, storage utilization on a shared mount. We've made some inroads in solving this, but it continues to be a source of spam and desensitization to warning messages.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We've used other monitoring systems like Nagios and Hyperion. Zabbix is a simple solution that has many of the core features you want out of a system/application monitoring application. I recommend it as a tool that you evaluate when considering system monitors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have quite a few hosts across multiple test and an operations environment. Being able to integrate the monitoring of those into a single monitoring solution has been a critical aspect of our systems approach. Being able to create custom screens/dashboards for high-interest metrics makes it simpler to filter through the noise and focus on what we care the most about.

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Zabbix review by <span>Krzysztof K.</span>
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Powerful, open source monitoring system

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What do you like best?

Before Zabbix, I was using Nagios as the monitoring system, Munin for usage graphs, and Diamond for application specific graphs. Now, we are able to keep it in one, slack solution, which is easier for developers to use. There is a great community, which is very helpful, and on the GitHub, you are able to found a lot of templates for almost any application. Community support is quick and responsive. Using API, you are able to integrate Zabbix with many other applications.

What is important for us - Zabbix is open source software, so we were able to fix some stuff by ourselves.

What do you dislike?

It's sometimes hard to configure, needs strong technical skills. Also, database usage isn't optimal, and there is no easy option to undo your changes if you (for example) remove a host from the zabbix. The user interface could be improved because it's a little outdated. The graphs could also be improved, the current solutions is useful, but definitely, interactive graphs could help with analyzing data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sometimes it's better to hire external consultant to fully setup zabbix.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to cut time, that developer needed to analyze part of the problem, because all graphs, automated issue reporting, and notifications were consolidated in one place. Our alerts are fully automated, forwarded to slack, then if nobody responds in few minutes, automatically send to mobiles of our team.

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