Introducing Speakers of Zabbix Summit 2018, part 1

In a month and a half we will meet you at the biggest Zabbix event, happening for the 8th year in a row, and from now on called – Zabbix Summit 2018.

You will witness practical examples of what Zabbix is capable of, gain hands-on experience through workshops run by the Zabbix Team, and have a chance to get Zabbix certified. Only 4 weeks left to register!

To give you a small preview on the agenda that awaits you, we are offering you insights in the minds of people stepping on the stage of our event and sharing their vision, experience and knowledge.

Today we would like to present Lukas Macura, a Network and Cyber Security Expert and Open-Source “extremist”, as he calls himself. He is a CTO at the Foresight CyberTM, where Zabbix is an integral part of the company’s internally built Foresight Cyber Platform, delivering cyber security managed services to company’s clients.

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Zabbix 3.4 – Dynamic Maps

Zabbix 3.4 impressed with its graphical, easy-to comprehend and improved way to access all the gathered data resulting in more interactive, dynamic and visually pleasing network monitoring.

For sure it’s an obvious sign the product moves ahead in terms of more advanced interface, and the use of SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) instead of a meanwhile outdated raster file format is a good example of the positive changes.

Let’s have a look at all the map improvements in detail with some practical examples:

  • SVG image is a candy for the eyes comparing to a raster one. What catches attention first are smooth and softened edges of the background shape. Text legibility is also affected positively by way of using a modern and stylish font;
  • Zooming doesn’t affect the quality of this type of images, letters remain readable, and no fuzzy edges experienced;
  • The use of SVG images gives a possibility to copy-paste required data for further data analysis, so no more unnecessary memorizing required:

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Zabbix Rocking It Out at Events of 2017

Always trying to be closer to our users, we actively take part in various IT expos, conferences and meetups all over the world. Throughout the year we’ve spread Zabbix knowledge, attracted new users, met our fans, discussed the future of Zabbix with our partners and revealed tips for the best practices on managing your monitoring tasks.

Let’s have a quick overview of what we’ve experienced this year!

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Using Macros for Time Periods Management

Let’s continue to cover the innovations of Zabbix 3.4, shall we? This time, we’re going to talk about the use of macros in update intervals and other time periods.

  • Couple of Words about Macros
  • History Update and Storage Intervals
  • Usage Scenarios
    • Update Intervals and Collected Data Storage Time
    • In Low-Level Discovery
    • Where Else?
  • So…
 

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Z Meetup/MeatUp #1. Genesis.

Once upon a time somebody said: “Let there be light!”, and our first Z Meetup was born. We took some time off from the enterprise-level challenges and tried to figure out more crucial things like Chinese or Italian food? Pink or blue light? Cats or dogs? In the end it turned out to be Chinese, pink and cats. We like feeling at home, so we made ourselves comfortable next to the red carpet (you see, we love red things – carpets, apples and hats) and were ready.

Ready to explore, dive into the ocean of shared knowledge, and we proved our own hypothesis by taking very consistent, deliberate, subjective and beer-secured  steps – not only dogs, but also we are smarter than we thought (as to the dogs we recommend a book by Stanley Coren “The Intelligence for Dogs”, as to Zabbix we recommend any of the books here).

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New Monitoring Possibilities for Java Applications in Zabbix 3.4

What’s new?

The long-awaited release of Zabbix 3.4 is available now, which brought many useful improvements, among which were customizable JMX endpoints and flexible detection of MBeans.

It’s so cool, huh?

If you use Zabbix and you want to monitor Java applications, then yes — it can greatly improve your life, because you had to resort to various tricks before, and now everything works, as they say, out of the box.

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Highlights of Zabbix Conference 2017, DAY 2

Day 2 of Zabbix Conference 2017 started with hands-on Workshops run by Zabbix Support Team, with some of the conference attendees also testing their knowledge and challenging themselves at the Zabbix Exam.

Zabbix Conference 2017 Highlights -  Day2

We have already started to immerse you into the Conference with our previous blog post, putting in the spotlight the speeches of Day 1. So let’s continue with the highlights of Day 2!

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Highlights of Zabbix Conference 2017, DAY 1

Breaking all the records this year, the 7th annual Zabbix Conference welcomed in Riga around 250 system engineers, cloud specialists, DevOps and CTOs from 32 countries all around the globe.

ZabConf2017 Highlights - Day 1

Two days of powerful speeches, striking ideas, case studies, workshops and advanced solutions. Zabbix Conference 2017 has featured interesting cases of Zabbix integration, examples of what Zabbix is capable of within an infrastructure, great input from Zabbix community as well as new ideas

Let’s see what we have experienced on Day 1:

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Zabbix 3.4: Mass data collection using Mercury and smartmontools as an example

As we have already mentioned earlier, there are new opportunities for mass data collection in the latest Zabbix version – Zabbix 3.4. Now let’s dwell on this functionality in more detail, and in order to make it more clear, we will tell about it in two examples:

  • one-time collection of the data received in JSON with the console: Mercury 236 electric power consumption meter
  • collection of hard drives and SSDs S.M.A.R.T. attributes obtained in tabular form with smartmontools.

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Introducing Speakers of Zabbix Conference 2017, part 5

Zabbix Conference 2017In a couple of short weeks we will meet again in Riga, to enjoy all the possibilities offered by the most epic Zabbix event of the year – Zabbix Conference 2017.

To help you get more familiar with the presenters of this years speeches, we are offering you insights in the minds of people stepping on the stage of our event and sharing their vision, experience and knowledge.

Today we would like to present Serg Mescheryakov, a Doctor of Science, Professor of St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia, specializing in Computer Science and Engineering. In his 37 years of experience in IT as a developer, database architect, analyst and teacher, he has published more than 120 scientific papers and books and implemented a series of enterprise-scale database systems.

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