Zabbix Running on a $25 Device!?

Everything in the world of electronics gets smaller, while performance continues to grow. I know I should not compare those computers from 1960 with what we have now, but I still get amazed all the time.

The thing about modern computers is that sometimes it is a waste of resources to see them using a small fraction of their computing power to perform some very small task. It is like seeing a huge crane lifting a grocery paper bag. Of course, modern computers allow you to run many tasks simultaneously, sharing the power. You may use virtualization to run several logical machines on one device. But still sometimes there are cases when all you need is just a cheap, reliable, energy and space efficient device to do the work.

So when I heard that a company Observe IT from the UK, a potential partner of Zabbix, is willing to test-drive Raspberry Pi with Zabbix Proxy, I happily replied “Send it over here!”. It took more than 2 long weeks for British-Latvian post offices to deliver a very lightweight box to our office. While awaiting the package, we retweeted a message from Richard Gate about successfully installing Zabbix on Raspberry Pi. It made us jealous, but we were willing to see how it works ourselves.

So we started with a careful unpacking of the box.

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Performance improvements in Zabbix 1.8, part 2

So in part 1 we found out that Zabbix 1.8.1 provided significant performance improvements over 1.6, mostly because of reduced database access. But those who have been following “What’s new” section in Zabbix manual might be aware that both 1.8.2 and 1.8.3 promised even better performance. After 1.8, that sounds quite optimistic, doesn’t it? Let’s try to get some data on that then. To have comparable data we hunted down Zabbix user verwilst again and coerced him to provide some fresh graphs – thanks again. Continue reading “Performance improvements in Zabbix 1.8, part 2”

Performance improvements in Zabbix 1.8, part 1

Zabbix is being constantly improved – functionality, usability and also performance wise. Let’s look at some practical effects on what all these performance improvements have provided in 1.8 series.

As some might recall, Zabbix 1.8 alone was promising a huge performance improvement. Back in February we actually got a confirmation on that, thanks to Zabbix user verwilst. In the first part, let’s rehash what we found out that time regarding upgrade from 1.6 to 1.8.1.

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