Day 1 - September 30
Day 2 - October 1

September 30, 2011

09:00 - 10:00 Registration for conference delegates
 
10:00 - 10:10 Opening Speech
  Alexei Vladishev
Founder and CEO, Zabbix SIA
 
10:10 - 10:50 Zabbix in Safety Critical Environments
PDFDownload Presentation Gunther Sommer The speech is about a real world example of using Zabbix in safety critical environments like air traffic control and public safety.
Günther Sommer
Senior IT Architect, Business Unit Integration Projects, FREQUENTIS AG

Günther is an IT Architect for complex Air Traffic Control and Public Safety projects, Background in Windows (including AD), Linux, Networks (Cisco), IP, Telco (like PDH, G.72X). Interested in almost everything that can excactly decide between 1 and 0.

 
11:00 –11:40 ABC of Zabbix Performance Tuning
PDFDownload Presentation Alexei Vladishev I will share my experience of doing performance tuning for customer systems of any size. Speed of Zabbix operations has a number of common bottlenecks. I will tell how to identify those, also give you a clear step by step instructions and number of methods for bringing Zabbix performance to a much higher level. No, it is not about throwing money into new hardware!
Alexei Vladishev
Founder and CEO, Zabbix SIA

Alexei is the author of Zabbix. More than ten years ago he started a hobby project, which eventually turned into one of the most popular Open Source monitoring platforms currently used by many companies and individuals around the World. Alexei is the product manager and founder of Zabbix SIA, a company dedicated to development of Zabbix software

 
11:40 – 12:00 Coffee Break
 
12:00 – 12:40 Zabcon, API
PDFDownload Presentation Andrew Nelson You're on a server trying to debug a performance issue, but all you have access to at the moment is a console, how do you view or alter Zabbix? Enter Zabcon, the Zabbix Console. Zabcon is designed to provide a console interface to Zabbix using the API. This talk will discuss how to install and use Zabcon to pull data and alter monitoring parameters.
Andrew Nelson
Consultant, Red Hat (does not officially represent Red Hat at this conference)

Approximately 8 years ago Andrew was tasked with updating an old 1.0 Zabbix server. Unbeknownst at the time his life would change and he would soon become an evangelist for Zabbix eventually creating Zabcon, the Zabbix console, and the Lua plugin for Zabbix.

 
12:40 – 14:00 Lunch
 
14:00 – 14:40 Running Zabbix in a Hosted Setup, with Agents Reachable over the Internet
PDFDownload Presentation Walter Heck While Zabbix is suitable for very large deployments, many organisations use it for relatively small deployments. The steep learning curve of Zabbix doesn't always make it viable for these small organisations though, as a result of which they often lack completeness. This talk explores the technical implications of running Zabbix in a SaaS way, with active agents reporting live over the internet. We'll tell you about the advantages and drawbacks we face at Tribily (http://tribily.com) and the constraints we gave ourselves to make this possible. All of the technology is open source, so if you're interested you can use it for your own deployments.
Walter Heck
Founder and Tech Lead, Tribily.com

Walter Heck is a location independent entrepreneur from the Netherlands. Walter is the founder of OlinData (see http://olindata.com, a MySQL/System administrations consulting firm) and Tribily, a Zabbix monitoring as a service firm. Walter has been working in IT for almost a decade and experienced in many different disciplines. He has spoken at FOSS conferences worldwide, including the MySQL User Conference, FOSDEM, FrOSCon, FOSSASIA and FOSS.my.

 
14:50 – 15:10 Using Zabbix in a SaaS (Software as a Service) Environment
  James Martin Using Zabbix in a SaaS environment has some unique challenges. While many system administrators are perfectly comfortable with manually performing functions in Zabbix, the SaaS administrator has to find ways to automate as much as possible. This presentation will show how we have overcome some of these challenges: using Puppet for agent and proxy installation; group naming tricks for template re-use; how to get Zabbix to call your phone; monitoring for Zabbix failure; and more. The presentation will also identify challenges that we think Zabbix needs to overcome to be the best choice for monitoring in a SaaS environment.
James Martin
Senior SaaS Systems Engineer, Learning Objects, Inc.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, USA, attended University at American University in Washington, DC for a degree in Computer Information Systems. Worked on IT Support and Systems Engineering as a contractor for the US Federal Government, have held jobs in the purely private sector IT field as well at both a hosting company (Digex), and currently a SaaS Systems Engineer/Admin at Learning Objects. Red Hat Certified Engineer. Uses Linux professionally since 2001 and 7 years prior to that for hobby. Current focus is on virtualization, cloud computing, puppet, and python programming, and of course, Zabbix.

 
15:15 – 15:35 The Hidden Power of Network Maps
PDFDownload Presentation Rihards Olups Not all features in Zabbix are used to their full potential by all users. Do you know everything that is possible with network maps? Find it out in this talk.
Rihards Olups
Senior Consultant, Zabbix SIA

Using Zabbix for more than 10 years, he has followed closely the development and improvements in all versions. Known as Richlv in some circles.

 
15:40 - 16:00 Let's report bugs and post patches
PDFDownload Presentation Takanori Suzuki Zabbix has a number of big user communities and many of them participate in reporting bugs and proposing fixes. This presentation illustrates Zabbix bug reporting and patch posting flow, to encourage even novice users to participate. It also explains how these processes contribute to a nice ecological system for users and developers.
Takanori Suzuki
ZABBIX-JP, Miracle Linux Corp

Takanori Suzuki is a member of Zabbix-JP community. Working for Miracle Linux which is a Linux distributor since 2007. He has been an active member of Zabbix community, and has been working to provide Zabbix services.

 
16:00 – 16:20 Coffee Break
 
16:20 - 16:40 SUSE Studio to automate creation of appliances
PDFDownload Presentation Māris Smilga If you like to simplify server or desktop images creation you most probably would be interested to use Suse Studio.
Māris Smilga
Māris Smilga, Novell representative in Latvija and Eesti, Novel

More than 25 years in IT (begin with EC1022 destruction ;). UNIX (Sun Solaris) background. Did education for UNIX admins (totally ~200 admins educated). Million years ago used to write programs (mostly for fun (x86 assembler, Fortran, PL/1 etc.)). Last 5 years working for Novell. Like kayaking, windsurfing and swimming.

 
16:45 - 17:45 Teaching Zabbix
PDFDownload Presentation Raymond Kuiper Ok, so you have done a proof of concept with Zabbix within your company. Your C*O loves it and you've gotten approval to implement Zabbix as your companies' monitoring system. After weeks of hard work you've done it, you are now running Zabbix to monitor your environment. But this is just the start...
You've already passed the Zabbix learning curve during the PoC so Zabbix feels like a breeze for you, but your co-workers are having quite some trouble grasping the concepts and you don't have time to sit by each and everyone of them to explain it all in great depth. After all, duty calls!
In this talk we'll discuss how you can efficiently solve this problem. Please have your laptop handy with a recent versions of VirtualBox installed as this talk will have an interactive part as well.
Raymond Kuiper
Infrastructure Specialist, CompetaIT

Raymond started using Zabbix 1.1.3 in 2006 when the company he was working for needed a flexible, integrated solution to monitor servers and network availability and performance. Over the years Raymond has become a keen supporter of Zabbix and is currently the maintainer for the Dutch Zabbix translations. He also likes to hangout in #zabbix on IRCnet to help out other Zabbix users.



October 1, 2011

09:00 - 10:00 Registration for conference delegates
 
10:00 - 10:40 Zabbix 2.0: Twice as Good
PDFDownload Presentation Rihards Olups Zabbix 2.0 has been in the development for nearly two years. The feature list is impressive, and it's nearing completion. Gather and discover the goodness.
Rihards Olups
Senior Consultant, Zabbix SIA

Using Zabbix for more than 10 years, he has followed closely the development and improvements in all versions. Known as Richlv in some circles.

 
10:50 – 11:30 Zabbix API Talk
PDFDownload Presentation Walter Heck This talk will show you a real-world example of using the Zabbix API inside a Drupal module to control Zabbix from Drupal. It will show you the basic workings of the php API wrapper as well as the basic working of a Drupal module and how to combine the two to make Zabbix administration a lot more easy. The module that we explain in this talk is an open source project and if you like it, you're welcome to contribute!
Walter Heck
Founder and Tech Lead, Tribily.com

Walter Heck is a location independent entrepreneur from the Netherlands. Walter is the founder of OlinData (see http://olindata.com, a MySQL/System administrations consulting firm) and Tribily, a zabbix monitoring as a service firm. Walter has been working in IT for almost a decade and experienced in many different disciplines. He has spoken at FOSS conferences worldwide, including the MySQL User Conference, FOSDEM, FrOSCon, FOSSASIA and FOSS.my.

 
11:30 – 11:50 Coffee Break
 
11:50 – 12:30 Insider Report: Zabbix Development Process
PDFDownload Presentation Alexei Vladishev The talk is about the evolution of Zabbix development processes and lessons (well, there are many) learned. You'll get an overview of how we work currently and what direction we are going to. The new Zabbix release policy will be introduced as well, do not miss it!
Alexei Vladishev
Founder and CEO, Zabbix SIA

Alexei is an author of Zabbix. More than ten years ago he started a hobby project, which eventually turned into one of the most popular Open Source monitoring platform currently used by many companies and individuals around the World. Alexei is a product manager and founder of Zabbix SIA, a company dedicated to development of Zabbix software.

 
12:40 – 12:55 Miracle Story
PDFDownload Presentation Minehiro Shibuya MIRACLE LINUX provides Zabbix service for 3 years and our current business has been successful. We would like to share the 'success story' to collaborate with you for Zabbix. MIRACLE LINUX has real business knowledge which you may import immediately.
Minehiro Shibuya
Senior Vice President, Zabbix Division, Miracle Linux Corp.

Minehiro joined MIRACLE LINUX CORP in 2005 following a 19-year career with Oracle Corporation Japan and CSK Corporation in various management roles such as sales planning and promotion, Oracle university business operations, financial planning and analysis and internal auditor.

 
12:55 – 14:10 Lunch
 
14:10 – 14:50 Extending Zabbix with Lua
PDFDownload Presentation Andrew Nelson We all know Zabbix rocks, but can we make it Rock and Roll? With Lua in the mix you can come a long ways towards that goal. Lua is a lightweight scripting language designed to be embedded into other programs, the Lua plugin for Zabbix does just this and provides a new item type, the Lua script. With Lua scripts inside Zabbix it is possible to run complex equations, including branching, based on your monitored data points.
Andrew Nelson
Consultant, Red Hat (does not officially represent Red Hat at this conference)

Approximately 8 years ago Andrew was tasked with updating an old 1.0 Zabbix server. Unbeknownst at the time his life would change and he would soon become an evangelist for Zabbix eventually creating Zabcon, the Zabbix console, and the Lua plugin for Zabbix.

 
15:00 – 15:30 Scaling Zabbix in the Enterprise
  Michael Wojcikiewicz While Zabbix is a great monitoring system on its own, scaling it to handle 50,000+ hosts located in multiple data centers around the world while retaining high availability and elasticity can be difficult. This talk will focus on the challenges of bringing in Zabbix to the Enterprise and the ecosystem that was built around it to integrate with various Firm systems (Configuration data, Alerting, Reporting) to provide a flexible, highly available monitoring services for not just hosts, but middleware and applications as well.
Michael Wojcikiewicz
Technical Lead - Firm-Wide Plant Monitoring, Un-named Financial Company

Michael has been an avid user and advocate of Open Source software for over 15 years. After researching several proprietary competitors, he proposed Zabbix as the best of breed solution for providing monitoring in his firm, taking the role of technical lead and architect.

 
15:35 – 15:55 Why Don't You Start a Local Community
PDFDownload Presentation Kodai Terashima 6 years ago, "Zabbix" term didn't exist as a result of Google search in Japan. Now, Zabbix has became famous and de facto standard of OSS monitoring software in Japan since I created ZABBIX-JP which is the Zabbix local community. I will talk about Zabbix history in Japan and what are the important things for local community.
Kodai Terashima
Support Engineer, Zabbix SIA

Representative of ZABBIX-JP and author of a book on Zabbix in Japanese language.

 
15:55 - 16:15 Coffee Break
 
16:15 - 16:35 Unconventional Uses of Zabbix: Beyond Servers
PDFDownload Presentation Rihards Olups Most installations of Zabbix monitor servers, switches, maybe a few UPS devices. Boring. After two days of serious monitoring topics, let's push it all aside and let's look at the alternative uses of Zabbix.
Rihards Olups
Senior Consultant, Zabbix SIA

Using Zabbix for more than 10 years, he has followed closely the development and improvements in all versions. Known as Richlv in some circles.

 
16:40 - 17:00 Closing Speech
  Alexei Vladishev
Founder and CEO, Zabbix SIA
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