Zabbix in the subway. Munich Transport Corporation Case Study

Munich Transport Corporation (MVG) is a division of an integrated service provider including electricity, gas and water utilities, as well as transportation services. Providing a daily service used by thousands of Munich residents and tourists, the company seeks for options to detect errors as fast as possible and efficiently deal with them.

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Zabbix and the transformation of the financial flow in Brazil

Zabbix Conference LatAm 2019 will take place on April 25-27 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. We asked Daniel Nasiloski, one of the announced speakers, to tell more about his speech, that promises to be really interesting.

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New macros supported in Zabbix network maps

Zabbix 4.2 comes with the long awaited support of multiple macros for map element labels and URLs. In this blog post we will discuss what new features Zabbix provides and how to use them to make Zabbix network maps more awesome. For starters though, let me remind you what is a macro in Zabbix and how it’s typically used.

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Zabbix at GTD Group, Case Study

“As one of the leading service providers in Chile, our key virtues drive us to be agile, reliable and caring for our customers’ experience and needs. Operating in the Internet, Telephony and TV sectors implies availability and consistency of everything we do. Being able to address all that is why we chose Zabbix.” – says Joel Urtubia Ugarte, senior network intelligence engineer at GTD Group.

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Zabbix 4.2: Template and host-level tags

In information systems word “tag” is a well-known and widely used term that helps to describe an item and allows it to be easily found again by browsing or searching.

In Zabbix, tags provide a useful way to group related events together and quickly tell users what a certain event is about. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, groups. The use of tags is completely optional, but may be extremely useful, for example, in event correlation, when defining tag-based user permissions, configuring maintenance and email notifications, or when filtering your content by specific tags.

If you have not used event tagging before and wonder what benefits it brings, or just want to know which improvements to event tags are awaiting you in Zabbix 4.2, you’re in the right place.

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Using Zabbix for Risk Management

Any business, big or small, might become a target of DoS attacks or intrusion attempts at some point, which is a serious risk to consider. In order to tackle that issue, the ISO (International Standardization Organization) created a set of rules for companies to follow, thus improving the safety and quality of operations.

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Zabbix 4.2: Extending Zabbix monitoring with RESTful microservices

There are a few ways one can gather custom metrics with Zabbix, for example, via user parameters or Zabbix sender protocol. While either method can work for simple metrics, creating a more wholesome approach (with data collectors, persistent connections etc) and interfacing it with Zabbix may not be as trivial.

With the HTTP agent item Zabbix can natively connect to RESTful web services, but the new pre-processing options, “Check for error” and the “Custom on fail”, take it a big step further. This allows us to create web services that can be directly used by Zabbix. To demonstrate we will create a very simple MySQL monitoring web service, returning the number of active and maximum connections.

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Implementation of Zabbix. Pre-conference interview with Gerhard Pegel.

Every Zabbix event is all about sharing knowledge, discussing ideas, asking the right questions and, of course, learning from real use cases. We’ve reached out to Gerhard Pegel, one of the speakers at Zabbix Conference Benelux, for his take on this.

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Zabbix Summit’18. How It Was.

First week of October this year ended with a very special event – the Zabbix Summit, taking place in a Zabbix hometown, Riga, Latvia.

Being an 8th conference in Riga in a row, the Zabbix Summit gathered a record number of participants – 350 IT professionals from more than 40 countries. And we all had a lot of things to talk about – to discuss, to teach and to learn from each other, sharing Zabbix expertise and monitoring challenges.

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