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Responsible Infrastructure and Production at Oasis SmartSim
Real User
Top 20
Open-source, easy to implement, and the dashboard is customizable

Pros and Cons

  • "Zabbix is very easy to implement."
  • "If you want to use all of the features then you have to pay a licensing fee."

What is our primary use case?

We have two Zabbix servers, deployed locally and in our New York datacenter, and we use them for monitoring traffic. It is an order processing system and we need to schedule and monitor our infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

Zabbix is very easy to implement.

The interface is customizable, so we can create the dashboard that we need.

What needs improvement?

We need to set it up step by step in order to ensure that it is stable and works properly.

If you want to use all of the features then you have to pay a licensing fee.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Zabbix for approximately one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We use Zabbix on a daily basis and we haven't had any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not needed to expand it because our infrastructure is very small. It includes a server and some VMs.

How are customer service and technical support?

When we have a problem, we search the web site for how to resolve it. We have never had an issue that necessitated contacting technical support.

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

In my last job, I worked with Nagios. I found that Zabbix is a good system for monitoring and it is easier to implement, and it is also less expensive.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy to do. It involves implementing agents in the server, but it is not difficult.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it with our in-house team that is also responsible for maintenance. This includes updates to the product. There is a team of three administrators who manage it.

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

Zabbix is free but if you use it in production then you have to pay for it. It is not expensive if you compare it to something like the Amazon monitoring system.

Also, it is an open-source product, although some features are available at an extra cost.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a great tool and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
FK
IT Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Poor server monitoring, does not scale well, and lacks performance

Pros and Cons

  • "The implementation process is very straightforward."
  • "The server monitoring could be better."

What is our primary use case?

Our company works with the health ministry in our country. We implement the solution for them and they use it as a monitoring solution in order to watch trends and server patterns, etc.

What is most valuable?

The solution works well for monitoring our on-site server.

Sometimes, the server can go down. When this happens, the solution has the capability to alert us to problems and will automatically notify us of any issues via email.

The implementation process is very straightforward.

What needs improvement?

The server monitoring could be better.

I'm not well versed in Zabbix, so it's difficult for someone like me to handle the setup. They should work to make the implementation much easier. It would improve the useability of the solution.

The solution needs to have a higher quality of performance. Performance is very important to our clients, and this solution doesn't perform very well. The quality and code are difficult.

The solution does not scale well.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

HIgh performance is important to us, and this solution just doesn't offer it. It's unreliable. The quality just isn't there right now.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Our company needs a solution that can scale, and this product does not offer good scalability. It's one of its biggest downsides. If a company needs to expand the solution, they'll find that they won't be able to effectively.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't had any issues with technical support. They've satisfied our needs to far. We don't have any complaints about the service they offer their clients.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup isn't too complex. It's fairly easy to implement and set up.

What other advice do I have?

We're just a Zabbix user. We don't have a special relationship with the company.

I would rate the solution three out of ten. I would rate it higher if there was better scalability potential and the performance was of a much higher quality. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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Jackson-Pierre
Président / Directeur des services informatiques at Atig network
Real User
Top 20
Fast, lightweight, and easy to install

Pros and Cons

  • "The basic setup is very easy."
  • "I am having difficulties connecting it to Grafana, as well as some of the other plugins like Kibana."

What is our primary use case?

I use Zabbix on my Raspberry Pi and it is set up to monitor our network. We are testing it at the moment to see how it responds to our network, which includes laptops and workstations.

I have not gone into great detail with the product, although I expect to be doing that within the next months.

What is most valuable?

It is not hard to integrate.

What needs improvement?

I am having difficulties connecting it to Grafana, as well as some of the other plugins like Kibana. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Zabbix for the past year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is okay, although, at this point, I'm only using it on a Raspberry Pi. I need to set it on a higher level server to see exactly how it responds on the network and how to deal with it. In this testing phase, it is stable, but when I'm ready to put it live into production then we will see how it reacts.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I haven't tried to scale it, yet. I am the only one using it because I'm performing the testing.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not been in contact with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The basic setup is very easy. I installed it in a Raspberry Pi with a Linux version. It took perhaps 20 minutes to install, at the most.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product I can recommend to others.

Overall, I think that this is a great tool, although I need to spend more time with it to see exactly what the different features are, and how I can use it to implement my network better. There are a few glitches that need to be fixed, such as making the plugins easier to install.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
RC
Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Scales well, provides good visibility, and the alarm monitoring is helpful

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the alert and alarm monitoring."
  • "If Zabbix had a better dashboard then it would be nice."

What is our primary use case?

I was using Zabbix as a monitoring tool at my previous job, although I have left that company and am no longer using this type of product. We were using it for monitoring routers and a few thousand other devices. We had visibility as to their status.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the alert and alarm monitoring.

What needs improvement?

If Zabbix had a better dashboard then it would be nice.

For how long have I used the solution?

I had been working with Zabbix for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We had between 20 and 30 users and more than 2,000 devices.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not personally been in contact with technical support.

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

Prior to using Zabbix, we used Nagios. We switched because it became unstable and clumsy when we grew to have more than 2,000 devices. Zabbix was much better in terms of scalability.

How was the initial setup?

I don't recall all of the details related to the initial setup, although I remember that it was not quite easy. We had to conduct quite a few searches on Google during the process in order to properly understand how to install it. If I remember correctly, there were a couple of errors.

What about the implementation team?

We had two engineers who were responsible for maintenance.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, I think that Zabbix is an awesome tool and I would use it again, rather than another one. For us, Nagios was a disaster and Zabbix was the savior. We didn't require any functionality that it didn't already have. My only complaint is that the dashboard needs to be improved.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Cesar Danecke
IT Supervisor at HORSCH BRASIL
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Every new asset placed in the environment can be automatically detected

Pros and Cons

  • "Every new asset placed in the environment can be automatically detected, predicting human failures."
  • "Correlation of events would be a wonderful addition."

What is our primary use case?

  • Monitor network assets
  • Data links
  • Disk space
  • Physical servers
  • More than 1k virtual machines
  • Websites
  • Logins into automated systems

How has it helped my organization?

  • Assertive monitoring
  • Customized messages
  • Configurable screens
  • Division by teams
  • Customizable alerts
  • Automated call opening
  • Mobile connections
  • Iintegrations

What is most valuable?

The discovery functionality. Every new asset placed in the environment can be automatically detected, predicting human failures.

What needs improvement?

The product is already great. Wanting something more could take the focus off the product. However, correlation of events would be a wonderful addition.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than eight years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are no scalability issues. The components scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not had any events that the team has not resolved.

The system has good documentation and a community full of talent. 

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

I have already used Nagios, PRTG. After using Zabbix, I did not try new tools. I adapted and believe it would be difficult to convert all the rules to another system.

How was the initial setup?

It is easy to deploy. The installation process is well-documented.

What about the implementation team?

The implementation was carried out by an internal team. We acquired knowledge by reading manuals.

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

It is worth every cent to pay or even study to do your own installation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I had a very good references to Zabbix, but I did have a look at Pandora FMS and Nagios.

What other advice do I have?

I believe in the system's potential.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud

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Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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GT
Project Manager at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Straightforward to set up, and works well for monitoring our internal network

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup was not complex."
  • "The graphical user interface could be customized a little bit more, and also the dashboard could be more friendly."

What is our primary use case?

Primarily we are using an on-premise installation, and just now we are exploring the cloud installation. It's basically the same one. It's a pre-production and production environment. We use the on-premises for testing, and we have the one with the cloud installation also.

We are using this solution for monitoring our internal network and infrastructure in the company, and also for monitoring a couple of our customers' installations. Not only their network but also their services, and to reduce consumption.

What needs improvement?

The graphical user interface could be customized a little bit more, and also the dashboard could be more friendly.

I would like to recommend the possibility of being integrated for the monitoring of the Micro Strategy System environment and clusters of machine Micro Services.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Zabbix for perhaps six months

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a scalable product. We have 20 users in our organization who are using it.

How are customer service and technical support?

We don't have any experience with technical support. We haven't had any reason to contact them because we have been able to address any issues on our side.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not complex. It took two hours to install.

What about the implementation team?

My colleague, along with one other internal team member deployed this solution. We did not use anyone externally.

What other advice do I have?

We have only just started using this solution a couple of months ago, but we plan to continue using it in the future.

I can recommend this product to others who are interested in using it.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
GK
Deputy Manager - Infrastructure at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Good for monitoring but complicated to configure and it needs to be more customizable

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is monitoring."
  • "Having a more customizable interface and dashboard would be an improvement."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use Zabbix for monitoring our infrastructure.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is monitoring.

What needs improvement?

Having a more customizable interface and dashboard would be an improvement.

The interface could be more user-friendly because it is can be really complicated if an end-user has to configure it. The administrator usually has to take care of that.

I would like to see more SNMP and storage support.

Application monitoring should be included in the future. I would like to see voice telephony monitoring and database monitoring.

The reporting functionality is limited.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Zabbix for the past four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had no problem with scalability. The only people who use it are the IT staff, which is between 10 and 12 people.

How are customer service and technical support?

As we are using the free version, we do not have a support contract.

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

We are using the free, open-source version.

What other advice do I have?

This is not a product that I recommend. Instead, I recommend using SolarWindows or ManageEngine for monitoring because there are more features on Zabbix with limited usability. Reports are also limited. Basically, you get more features in SolarWinds or ManageEngine.

I would rate this solution a five out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Petro Khytriak
Infrastructure Automation Lead at SoftServe Ltd.
Real User
Top 20
Has good stability and scalability

Pros and Cons

  • "Zabbix is both stable and scalable."
  • "For us, the initial setup was complex"

What is our primary use case?

I implement Zabbix for large companies with over 5,000 employees.

What needs improvement?

In the near future, we are going to see integration with its cloud platform.

We would like to use it for RBI, for service and credibility reports for our manager and management staff, and we also hope to use it to deliver customer scripts, etc. Currently, because we monitor over 5,000 hosts and servers, we need to use open source. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used Zabbix for the last five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Zabbix is both stable and scalable. As I mentioned earlier, we scale more than 5,000 hosts.

How are customer service and technical support?

Currently, our own team provides support, but in the future, we may use Zabbix support.

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

We also use Nagios, but we are going to stop using this solution as it has specific limitations that we require. 

How was the initial setup?

For us, the initial setup was complex. We plan on integrating Zabbix with Prometheus and Grafana for a smooth relationship between dashboards. 

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

We purchased Zabbix for a good price, including support. It's cheaper than Datadog and ScienceLogic.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Zabbix a rating of nine, strictly because we would like to see better integration with mobile TeleCloud.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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