Reviews (1-15 of 15)
- Collecting hardware data - CPU, Memory, Network, and Disk Metrics are collected and reported on.
- Flexible design - It is very easy to build out even very large environments via the templating system. You can also start where you are - network monitoring, server monitoring, etc. and then build it out from there as time and resources permit.
- Provides a "plugin architecture" (via XML templates) to allow end users to extend it to monitor all kinds of equipment, software, or other metrics that are not already added into the software already.
- Very complete documentation. Almost every aspect of Zabbix has been documented and reported on.
- Cost - Zabbix is FOSS software and always free. Support is reasonably priced and readily available.
- Zabbix is very complex and the documentation, while complete, is not particularly well organized. In particular, I would like to see step by step instructions (similar to the synthetic user monitoring example) for installation and setup; more about what some of the numbers mean; etc.
- Zabbix system requirements are artificially high to cover every possibility, yet rarely are those resources used. Would like to see segmented resource requirements based on the size of monitoring to more efficiently size an environment.
- Zabbix has some nasty "gotya's" that are not really addressed in the documentation. For example, when first setting up an environment, there is nothing discussing the order of setup (host group, then users, then host, for example); but doing it in the wrong order will make it much more difficult to use later on. A tutorial (or series of tutorials) setting up the first several devices would go a long way here.
- Not so much a con as an UGLY that is common to most of this class of software - Zabbix requires a great deal of detailed understanding across several different IT disciplines. DBA knowledge for maintaining the database, System Administration for setting up and maintaining the server(s) and its software, Networking for setting up monitoring of the network, each software package you will have synthetic monitors of, etc. In most larger organizations, that means a lot of collaboration, but in smaller organizations, where it may only be a single person or team doing all the work, it means someone must be deeply knowledgeable about each aspect being monitored. It is no longer enough to just know the OS it is running on and leaving it to the user to know the software, or the network team to deal with the network issues.
Overall, I would put Zabbix on par with SolarWinds and the main differentiator is where are the costs going to be paid - in end-user training and support of Zabbix or in the commercial, ease of use provided by SolarWinds (and competitors).
- Zabbix is capable of monitors servers using its own agent. With that, it can collect detailed information about the asset and store it in its own database. Once that information is stored, Zabbix can alert potential issues and even be used to evaluate and run analysis for capacity planning.
- Zabbix servers are very simple to deploy. You can run on a Windows box, Linux box or even in Docker containers. It's very scalable and robust and doesn't need too many resources to run.
- Due to its open framework, you can easily integrate Zabbix to other front end platforms, like Grafana. We did that to leverage our previous knowledge to present graphics in Grafana with data sourced by Zabbix.
- Having worked with other similar tools, I tend to say that the user experience could be improved in some areas. The elements on the user interface are a little confusing, the concept behind them could be a little more intuitive.
- The discovery process could be improved, giving suggestions and filling some fields with common options, for example.
- When you add a host that runs it's own Zabbix agent, like a server, it's easy to manage. On the other hand, if you want to add a host which is a network device, for example, you need to run extra steps to ensure you'll see the information you want. That could be improved by using some kind of wizard or tutorial on the interface to guide you.
- Monitor connection availability.
- Monitor network assets.
- Generate reports on the performance of network assets.
- Generate reports on the performance of customer connections.
- Increase the number of configurable triggers.
- Clean the interface a little more.
- Leave the operation a little lighter.
- Alerts; Zabbix allows deep customization of conditions and alerts giving you the ability to perform nearly any scripted action in a variety of scenarios
- Inventory; having one place to see a list of all on-going problems and list of servers within your organization is critical
- Graphs; screens or graphs showing customizable and color-coded historical usage is a necessity in any monitoring software
- The first time that you use Zabbix, it may not be immediately obvious where everything is or how to find exactly what you want, but I think that it's UI is constantly improving with each new release. Training is also a great resource to resolve these types of problems.
- While Zabbix allows in-depth customization of alerts to various applications (such as Slack, HipChat, Mattermost, or even SMS, etc.), I would love to see these options as built-in upon installation.
- I have personally never found the "Maps" feature of Zabbix incredibly useful as I find it complicated to configure, but I should probably investigate its documentation further.
In any case, I find Zabbix incredibly useful if you want a clean UI that lets you monitor absolutely anything that you could possibly imagine. The ability to set up "Templates" and "UserParameter"s within Zabbix are easily my favorite features.
- Template system is really great, making it super easy to add new services and monitoring, graphs, etc. to any server.
- Security system is very useful for multiple teams, groups, and customers.
- Very flexible data gathering on a wide variety of protocols.
- UI is getting updated, but still dated a bit.
- Doesn't easily accept unsolicited data like Datadog, Prometheus, etc. can. Everything has to be pre-configured or discovered, making it hard to just send it metrics from code.
- Integration with AWS, Docker, Java, etc. is via 3rd parties or outside tools, so while the agent is great, it needs more reach.
Less-suited to highly dynamic environments, heavily in the cloud, with serverless, Docker, Lambda, etc.
Zabbix is heavily used by Systems, Network and Database Engineers as well as Applications Developers to provide visibility to what is happening in the environment, to notice a problem before our users do.
We have implemented Zabbix so that there is a central Zabbix server (hosted in AWS), with Zabbix proxies at each physical location where there is infrastructure. This way if the Zabbix server goes down, no data is lost, as it is cached on each of the proxies until connectivity is restored to the Zabbix server.
- Zabbix is able to provide us a single pane of glass for monitoring. It can handle Systems, Database, Network and application level alerts and send those alerts to the appropriate parties.
- Zabbix graphs all metrics that come in. This means it's easy to spot trends and create alerts based on when those trends cross user-defined thresholds.
- Zabbix allows for the escalation of issues. If someone sleeps through an alert in the middle of the night, it can easily be escalated to the next tier.
- In a busy Zabbix environment, it can easily overwhelm the underlying database. Plan on having SSDs and a significant server infrastructure to keep up with more than a hundred hosts.
- Building out Zabbix metrics that suit your environment can be very time consuming. When choosing a monitoring platform like Zabbix, expect a steep learning curve and to invest significant resources to make the tool valuable.
- This is less important than it has been in the past, but current versions of Zabbix still do not handle IPMI checks of hardware very well. We needed to write our own wrapper for IPMI checks rather than using the built in IPMI poller.
Zabbix is also highly appropriate in shops that are interested in building their own monitoring infrastructure, rather than using a service. These services are obviously not free, but the time that you invest in Zabbix may make up for that monthly spend.
- Keeping an eye on our asset estate via SNMP is easy
- Single Pane view
- Wealth of plugins available to then customise for alerting
- User interface is a little cumbersome, but it looks like newer versions are looking to resolve the menu system issues i found
- If you really delve in, you should be ready for some coding and tweaking
- Monitoring performance indicators like CPU, memory, network, disk space and processes can be done easily with Zabbix agent, which is available for Linux, UNIX and Windows platforms.
- Zabbix can gather stats like disk failures, temperature and voltage from hardware through IPMI, thus ensuring uptime and reduces risk.
- Zabbix lets you integrate it with your custom checks. You can write your own check scripts in Bash, Python or Perl and integrate it with Zabbix.
- Zabbix has a steep learning curve and doesn't have a very intuitive and user-friendly interface.
- Zabbix is resource hungry. It uses a DB to store all the stats and configuration and this can grow exponentially depending on the number of hosts you are monitoring.
- Zabbix doesn't have a very thorough documentation, so you have to search for issues and ask the Zabbix community at times.
- Allows for centralized monitoring of many separated environments.
- Out-of-the box templates for many operating systems.
- Auto discovery and confirmation allows new environments to be added quickly and easily.
- The web frontend isn't always intuitive, can be hard to find things that you know you saw somewhere!
- Zabbix expressions require somewhat of a steep learning curve.
- Documentation not always as complete as it could be for some options.
- Server monitoring
- URL availability
- We write custom application monitoring scripts and send the data to Zabbix.
- Ability to authenticate to a webpage and monitor, just like keynote.
- The web scenarios doesn't work well with REST end points. No feature to read the response header.
- Nice graphing for non-technical personnel
- Good monitoring system
- Versatile for custom scripts
- Nice options for notification if problems arise
- There was a bit of a learning curve for creating custom scripts, if my script returns a 1 or 0, Zabbix should accept it no matter what and be able to work with it for an alarm
- Alerting, while it can be difficult to initially learn, Zabbix's alerting system allows you fantastic control over how and when each of your team members receives alerts. This has caused a large decrease in "Friendly Fire" spam, preventing our staff members from getting complacent when they see a alert come through.
- In a couple of clicks, you can turn any monitorable data into a graph, which can then be deployed to any number of systems. Its ease of use makes it a fantastic tool.
- Zabbix makes adding new devices for monitoring very easy due to its template system.
- Due to its complexity, there is a pretty major learning curve for new users. However, after you get the concepts on which it relies down, it's a very easy to use system.
- Many plugins require SSH access to install their dependent scripts. This is not a big deal in some situations, however it limits who can work on adding new device types.
- Zabbix's documentation is robust, almost all answers you could ever need can be found on their website. However it's not really arranged in a way that speeds people in to the basic uses of the platform. They could really use a simplified "Get Started" guide.
- Zabbix is capable of true customization. I personally recommend starting with a narrow scope, and broadening Zabbix to monitor more granular activities. Doing a bulk discovery and mass deploying alerts will cause a lot of false positives which are not actionable initially, so it can be a struggle to sift through the noise and find the alerts you really want to act on.
- Zabbix is easy to deploy, and has a robust feature set.
- Zabbix is easy to link up to services like PagerDuty, which are beneficial for on-call engineers.
- Zabbix could benefit from integrating with Logstash in a more formalized way. Utilizing these two open-source services compares to the much more expensive Splunk.
- I think it's important to deploy Zabbix to core systems first, then build more granular monitoring as false alarms are minimized. If you mass deploy Zabbix to all servers with very granular alert thresholds, you will have a hard time sifting through all the noise to get to the actionable alerts you really wanted to see.
- Service Availability Monitoring.
- Disk Space Monitoring.
- Host Availability Monitoring.
- SNMP Traps.
- Better documentation, detailed documentation seems to get lost/shuffled between versions.
- Initial Usability (There's a pretty steep learning curve).
- Supports many different devices and server platforms
- Customization of alert thresholds and notification actions
- Automatic resolution of problems via remote commands
- High level management always wants a "dashboard", while Zabbix can provide several different views, there seem to be third party products to provide alternatives. Maybe a best of breed dashboard could be added to the base product.
- Zabbix performance largely depends on the performance of the underlying database, it takes planing and good infrastructure to support large environments.
- It is possible to break things accidentally when making configuration changes, using Update when you meant to Clone, maybe a few strategic "are you sure you want to change this" prompts would help.
Zabbix Scorecard Summary
Zabbix is an open-source network performance monitoring software. The core program is free, with paid support from the vendor. It provides out-of-the-box templates from Zabbix and community developers. Zabbix includes network health measurements, including memory utilization, packet loss rate, and predictive trends in bandwidth usage and downtimes. These measurements can be adjusted using custom thresholds for network health and security issue alerts.
Zabbix also offers automation capabilities, including automatic network detection, configuration management, and report generation. It also enables remote and scripted remediation efforts when an issue is detected. The open-source format of the software is designed to support customization by users and the community.
Zabbix Technical Details