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.

A very light weight box with long awaited Raspberry Pi inside

To be honest, we waited for a couple of hours for a camera to arrive before opening the box 🙂 It was not an easy thing in the office where most of the staff are IT geeks…

Some people from marketing did not believe there is a 'computer' inside

Most of the box was filled with paper. Which brought even more amusement on some employee faces 🙂

The size of a business card! Was it designed like that on purpose?

The real size of the thing. Our thanx once again to Aidan Venn from Observ IT.

So what is next?

We have prepared a keyboard, a mouse, power supply, a video cable and are awaiting the already ordered fast Secure Digital (SD) card. As soon as we have the device running, we plan to install a Zabbix Proxy (version 2.0.0) on it and test drive it. If everything goes smoothly, we will put a Zabbix Server on it to test how many NVPS it can hold. So follow us to see the result.