Zabbix

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Zabbix
Developer(s) Zabbix SIA
Stable release 2.2.5 / July 17, 2014; 24 days ago (2014-07-17)
Preview release 2.3.3 / August 5, 2014; 5 days ago (2014-08-05)
Development status active
Written in C (server, proxy, agent), PHP (frontend), Java (Java gateway)
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Network management system
License GNU General Public License version 2
Website http://www.zabbix.com/

Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source software for monitoring of networks and applications, created by Alexei Vladishev. It is designed to monitor and track the status of various network services, servers, and other network hardware.

Zabbix uses MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle or IBM DB2 to store data. Its backend is written in C and the web frontend is written in PHP. Zabbix offers several monitoring options:

  • Simple checks can verify the availability and responsiveness of standard services such as SMTP or HTTP without installing any software on the monitored host.
  • A Zabbix agent can also be installed on UNIX and Windows hosts to monitor statistics such as CPU load, network utilization, disk space, etc.
  • As an alternative to installing an agent on hosts, Zabbix includes support for monitoring via SNMP, TCP and ICMP checks, as well as over IPMI, JMX, SSH, telnet and using custom parameters. Zabbix supports a variety of real-time notification mechanisms, including XMPP.

Released under the terms of GNU General Public License version 2, Zabbix is free software.

History[edit]

Zabbix started as an internal software project in 1998. After 3 years, in 2001, it was released to the public under GPL.[1] It took three more years until the first stable version, 1.0, was released in 2004.

Zabbix 1.1 alpha6
Timeline of releases
Date Release
Zabbix 1.0
1998 Zabbix started as an internal project in a bank by Alexei Vladishev[1]
7 April 2001 Zabbix 1.0alpha1 is released as GPL[2]
23 March 2004 Zabbix 1.0 released[3]
Zabbix 1.x
6 February 2006 Zabbix 1.1 released[3]
29 May 2007 Zabbix 1.4 released[3]
11 September 2008 Zabbix 1.6 released[3]
7 December 2009 Zabbix 1.8 released[3]
Zabbix 2.x
21 May 2012 Zabbix 2.0 released[3]
12 Nov 2013 Zabbix 2.2 released[3]

Features[edit]

  • High performance, high capacity (able to monitor hundreds of thousands of devices)
  • Auto-discovery of servers and network devices
  • Low-level discovery
  • Distributed monitoring with centralized web administration
  • Support for both polling and trapping mechanisms
  • Native high performance agents (client software for Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OS X, Tru64/OSF1, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7)
  • Agent-less monitoring
  • JMX monitoring
  • Web monitoring
  • Secure user authentication
  • Flexible user permissions
  • Web-based interface
  • SLA, and ITIL KPI metrics on reporting
  • Flexible e-mail notification on predefined events
  • High-level (business) view of monitored resources through user-defined visual console screens and dashboards
  • Audit log

Development[edit]

Today, Zabbix is primarily developed by a dedicated company, Zabbix SIA.

Source code[edit]

Zabbix consists of several separate modules:

  • Server
  • Agents
  • Frontend
  • Proxy
  • Java gateway

While the server, proxy and agents are written in C, the frontend is implemented in PHP and Javascript.

Java gateway, available since Zabbix 2.0, is written in Java.

Releases[edit]

Since the first stable version was released as 1.0, Zabbix versioning has only increased minor version numbers. Each minor release actually implements many new features, while change level releases mostly introduce bugfixes.

Zabbix version numbering scheme has changed. While the first two stable branches were 1.0 and 1.1, after 1.1 it was decided to use odd numbers for development versions and even numbers for stable versions. As a result, 1.3 followed 1.1 as a development release to be released as 1.4.

Timeline[edit]

Note: this chart excludes release candidates in stable branches.


Community[edit]

Zabbix Community has always been an essential component of the work that the Zabbix Team does in order to develop, improve and polish Zabbix monitoring solution. Within Zabbix community pages, like the Forum, Blog, and Wiki, one can find information about the newest Zabbix versions, solved issues, and other useful tips from Zabbix experts, developers, and more.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Support sites[edit]

  • Zabbix Home Page
  • Zabbix Forum provides user support in English, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French.
  • Zabbix Wiki has user-contributed content and community resources.
  • Commercial Services, including support, custom development and deployment services are provided by Zabbix company.
  • ZabbixZone, blog dedicated to Zabbix for advanced users
  • Zabbix Online Demo with current dev version of Zabbix, use "Login as Guest" link

Books[edit]

English:

Japanese:

  • (2010) Zabbix System Monitoring - Notification, Trend analysis, Visualization to reduce your management work - ISBN 978-4-7741-4213-5

Zabbix installations[edit]

Third-party libraries and tools[edit]

See the officially listed Zabbix 3rd Party Tools.

Libraries[edit]

See the Zabbix community site for a list of libraries.

Data collection extensions[edit]

Mobile clients[edit]

Browser-based[edit]
  • MozBX is a browser-based mobile client.
Android[edit]
iPhone[edit]
  • Zabbkit is a free Zabbix Client for iPhone.
  • Mozaby is a Zabbix client for iPhone.
  • MobileOp is a Zabbix Client for iPhone.
Windows Phone[edit]
  • Zabbkit is a free Windows Phone Zabbix mobile client.

References[edit]