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Comparison of Zabbix with market competitors

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In order to identify the ideal monitoring tool to be used in Dell's corporate environment, an analysis of various monitoring tools in the market, including Zabbix, was performed. This presentation aims to highlight the main strengths and weaknesses identified in Zabbix compared to its competitors, based on the needs of our company.

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Comparison of Zabbix with market competitors

  1. 1. Comparison of Zabbix with market competitors Rodrigo Fraga Mohr, Senior Advisor Monitoring Engineering L3 Data Analytics Engineer
  2. 2. 2 Goal: Identify new platform for Host monitoring Reports Expose all data and configuration easily Automation Integrate with CMDB / ITSM platforms for remote administration Dashboards Flexible enough for users and dynamic for administrators Requirements for Host Monitoring Platform OS Monitoring Basic metrics like CPU / Memory / Disk Space / Ping Agent-based More stable choice for large environments App Monitoring High level information from checks like URL / Port / Log Files
  3. 3. 3 Present Picture • Previous installation in Non-Prod environment (~5k hosts) decommissioned in Dec-2016 • Former standard for Network monitoring at Dell EMC (replaced by Dell EMC SMARTS) • Standard for Host monitoring at Dell EMC Foglight at Dell Zabbix at Dell / EMC • Product owned by Quest, who separated from Dell in Oct-2016 • De-centralized architecture • Large HW footprint • Switched product focus to DB performance (PI) and monitoring
  4. 4. 4 Candidates Data Analytics Enterprise Monitoring Application Performance Management (APM) Dell on Dell Different areas How to choose one?
  5. 5. 5 Zabbix Strengths Ease of use / administer • Templates and macros make a powerful combination • Internal knowledge from previous experiences • No licensing cost Flexible configuration • Both agent-based and agentless options supported • Native support for all types of monitors necessary • Possibility to expand to new monitor types Automation • API enables all functions seen in the Web page • Easy JSON formatting • Standard methods for different object types (get / create / update / delete) Smart thresholds • Dependencies for triggers correlation • Possible to combine multiple items in same trigger • Trend prediction
  6. 6. 6 Zabbix Weaknesses Database Platform Out-of-the-box Dashboards / Reports High Availability Architecture
  7. 7. 7 Zabbix Weaknesses Database Platform Out-of-the-box Dashboards / Reports High Availability Architecture • Officialy DBA supported databases within Dell: Oracle and MS SQL • Zabbix does not support MS SQL • Previous experience with Oracle was not scalable Database Platform
  8. 8. 8 Zabbix Weaknesses Database Platform Out-of-the-box Dashboards / Reports High Availability Architecture • Charts are still very simple and do not allow for easy ad-hoc combination of hosts / metrics • No dynamic dashboard options (adaptable to Host Groups) • Reports do not explore configuration of monitors • Need custom development to be expanded Out-of-the-box Dashboards / Reports
  9. 9. 9 Zabbix Weaknesses Database Platform Out-of-the-box Dashboards / Reports High Availability Architecture • Dependant on 3rd part software • No ACTIVE/ACTIVE option for Zabbix Server High Availability Architecture
  10. 10. 10 Final solution proposed Zabbix • 2x Zabbix Server • 2x MySQL • 16x Zabbix Proxy • 4x Apache Web • 3x Virtual IPs Wavefront (VMware) • Dashboards • Reporting Microsoft System Center Orchestrator • Automation via API ▪ Remote administration ▪ Self-service configuration Enterprise Host Monitoring • 50k+ Hosts • 16k+ NVPS • 700+ Users
  11. 11. 11 Q&A Keep in touch! - rodmohr@hotmail.com - https://www.facebook.com/rodmohr - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodmohr

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