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Open source monitoring with Zabbix

A Clear View

Article from ADMIN 75/2023
Zabbix provides comprehensive, highly configurable, but easy-to-use system monitoring.

Some particular strengths of the Zabbix monitoring solution are constant development according to user requirements, wide number of use cases, and wide range of integration options. Whether monitoring classic servers or arbitrary networks, operational technologies (OTs) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, or modern containers and cloud-based infrastructures, Zabbix plays to its strengths. These strengths include multiple data collection methods and easy-to-define but extremely flexible problem detection and alerting. Additionally, Zabbix has attractive visualizations, a graphical configuration tool, and web and integrated business services monitoring with service level agreement (SLA) reports.

The manufacturer of Zabbix distributes its software fully under the GPLv2. Every user, from private to large corporations, is given access to the same product; no enterprise functions are hiding behind a paywall. The Zabbix business model is based on support and consultancy services and training and has a worldwide partner network.

Major release updates for the monitoring tool arrive every six months. Software packages are available from the in-house repositories of all well-known Linux distributions, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS Stream, Debian, and Oracle. Besides Linux, Zabbix also supports other Unix-style systems, such as HP-UX, Solaris, and even macOS. However, the manufacturer recommends Linux. Official Raspberry Pi and container image packages are also available.

Basic System

The core of a Zabbix monitoring system is the Zabbix server, the central control unit that collects, (pre)processes, evaluates, and stores the data in a relational database. The Zabbix web interface is a PHP application that accesses the Zabbix database to visualize the data collected by the server. It provides an interface for the administrator, but a Zabbix API also provides an interface with

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