Zabbix Review

Improved design, easy to learn, and open-sourced


What is our primary use case?

I use the solution for network monitoring. When I was in engineering school I used this solution and I found it really good. I wanted to bring the functionality of this solution to my community to show the engineers in my enterprise. There is not a lot of understanding of network monitoring and I am hoping to bring to them my knowledge. 

What is most valuable?

The solution's design has recently changed and it is visually pleasing with more color, for example, there is blue, black, and white. If you are a new user it is very simple, you do not need to be highly technical to use it. You can rapidly learn how to use this solution.

What needs improvement?

When using this solution in enterprise monitoring, you are able to see that there are some issues with equipment that could be causing a problem. Sometimes you want to make a root command that you do not want to be executed automatically. What we have tried to do is open an SSH session directly from the solution's interface but it is not possible. I have heard from others that there are scripts that can manage this task easily but I have not figured it out. In the area of the solution where you write the command, it is not very user-friendly and could be improved. We want the ability to write commands and execute them manually.

Additionally, I would like the ability to be able to have network mapping for this solution. I use network mapping to monitor networks and there are not very many tools that are able to do it or if there is a tool, it is not easy.

The color scheme of the interface could improve by allowing more variations or user customization.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 10 people using the solution in my company.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In my community, we were previously using Nagios and Cacti.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution is free. However, many open-sourced tools start out free but eventually start charging, I hope this solution stays free. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate Zabbix an eight out of ten.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

5.2
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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