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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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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Who Says You Can’t Do Great Work While Partying?

Zabbix Conference 2015 was a great event with a very busy agenda, plenty of presentations, discussions and meetings. And hard work should always be rewarded! This year was no exception, so we threw in our Zabbix official party, which all attendees were invited to join.

Just because we’re partying, however, doesn’t mean we can’t do something special.

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Removing unfinished translations

Zabbix frontend is translated in many languages. For some, the coverage is great – 2.0.7 has been 100% translated in 9 languages. For some other translations the coverage is not that great… In preparation for Zabbix 2.2, there is a plan to remove translations below some threshold.

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Maps for the lazy

Creating complex maps is a time-consuming job. Actually, even designing a rather small map of 25 elements can take you an hour. That’s time you rather want to spend on something useful or fun, unless you’ve got a fetish for repetitive work. All we need to automate this task, is a network/graph library like Networkx and the Zabbix API.

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Translating Zabbix 2.2

The Zabbix 2.0 translation team has done a great job, but there’s something else coming closer… no promises, but Zabbix 2.2 will come out one day 🙂

With lots of new features and improvements, translatable strings have changed significantly, too. Even for languages that are in great shape in 2.0, things don’t look that great in 2.2 – yet.

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Monitoring the community – two years later

Some might recall that back in 2011 we dug into old logfiles and produced a 5 year graph of Zabbix user count in the #zabbix IRC channel. At the same time, monitoring at a higher rate – hourly – was set up, and data collection started. Now that it’s been 2 years since that graph, let’s take a look at the new graph, how the user count has changed in two years and how Zabbix copes with a 7 year graph.

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Zabbix Conference 2013 – in Latvia

We’ve had two awesome events already – Zabbix Conference 2011 and Zabbix Conference 2012. They both were held in Riga, the Zabbix hometown, at the end of September.

Zabbix conference last year – 2012

We have decided on the dates and place for Zabbix Conference 2013 – it will again happen in Latvia, and it’s moved a bit more towards the summer – September 6th and 7th.

While other countries were considered this time, we decided to go for Latvia still, as it is easier to organise an event here. Of course, we also had several community members actively bug us about conference being in Latvia again – apparently, they have grown fond of it 🙂

The exact location for the conference has not been decided on yet, but we were advised to warn the potential host about “hundreds of geeks with a wifi need”, as the Zabbix crowd is able to bring a wireless network to its knees in most venues.

We would also suggest to use the chance and see more of Latvia before and after the conference – but definitely plan to arrive early on the previous day as we will have a welcoming event to meet old friends and find new ones.

Many prominent community members have already confirmed their presence – so start planning for September 5-7 in Latvia 🙂

Newly documented APIs

We’ve recently published the documentation for some of the APIs that have been introduced in 2.0 but had not been covered in the manual at all. If you are a Zabbix expert, you’re probably already aware of their existence, but if you don’t know your way around the source code, you might have missed them. Anyway, you can now familiarize yourself with six useful APIs for maintaining your Zabbix configuration. Continue reading “Newly documented APIs”