September 6, 2013

09:00 - 10:00 Registration for Conference Delegates
10:00 - 10:30 Opening Speech.
Zabbix: Where We Are
PDF YouTube Alexei Vladishev The talk will be about the current state of Zabbix, progress we've made and future plans. I will also give an overview of the new feautures of Zabbix 2.2 and share my thoughts about 2.4.
Alexei Vladishev
Founder and CEO, Zabbix SIA

Alexei is the author of Zabbix, an enterprise class open source monitoring solution, and also the founder of Zabbix SIA (Ltd), the company developing Zabbix.

10:30 - 11:05 Zabbix - Beyond the Norm!
PDF Aidan John Venn The managing of environmental variables, including temperature, light and humidity, was once confined to associated research and practices. However, with increasing energy costs, plus a growing awareness of the need to manage and reduce humanity's environmental impact, the managing of environmental variables is becoming increasingly common in domestic and in particular business environments for companies keen on reducing costs and wishing to present a green image.
Results of the research suggest that it is possible to use open source software and low cost hardware to develop a high performing, cost effective solution that reduces energy consumption and environmental impact. The research also suggested that the created solution was just “the tip of the iceberg” and that you can, within reason, manage anything anywhere. This presents a whole host of exciting future possibilities.
Aidan John Venn
Director, Observ IT

17 years global IT experience. Currently Director at Observ IT Ltd. Responsibilities include strategy and project management plus the research and design of IP based management solutions. Aidan John Venn also liaises with senior client management and development teams. Previously has worked as an engineer on numerous projects with blue-chip companies and government departments, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Pfizer, British Telecom, Colt Telecom, BNFL, NATO, USAF, Royal Bank Of Malawi and GUS.

11:05 – 11:40 Perobbix+Zabbix DB Monitoring
PDF YouTube Julio Cesar Perobbix was developed as an extremely informative and reliable test for databases based on Perl. Running as a batch check, it is possible to connect to different database types (primarily for Oracle, but successfully used against MySQL and other databases as well), where a configuration file with multiple queries with different controls on time and conditions of execution.
With no limitation for the amount of queries to be executed, one host profile can withhold multiple databases. Using MACROS at profile level and one template to each macro. Highly informative, full of timers, extremely helpful for monitoring and debugging databases and the data within. One can make use of different methods, timeout controls and so forth.
Julio Cesar Hegedus
Senior Linux Consultant, Yenlo BV

Julio Cesar Hegedus, 38 yrs old (22/Jul), a Brazilian living in Amsterdam, working as a systems engineer, programmer, problem solver, Linux administrator for Yenlo BV, an IT company dedicated to services in different areas including cloud services, monitoring, WSO2, Oracle partner, glassfish specialist and so forth. ( ) -- I am the major company developer/administrator of our Zabbix infrastructure that oversees around +800 hosts with a master and 4 proxies included. I have been working directly with Zabbix since 2008.

11:40 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 12:15 SHORT TALK: Zabbix Brazil Community
PDF YouTube André Déo In 2008 Brazil hadn't any community about Zabbix, and the software was not known to most people. What changed in 5 years?
How a community initiated by one single man (like in Japan) made the difference? Currently this community has more than 700 members, many lectures at local events, articles in magazines and sites specialized in OpenSource products (or nearly) and building additional functions for Zabbix!
André Déo
Network Administrator, UNICAMP - Universidade Estadual de Campinas

André Déo is Network Administrator at Unicamp - University of Campinas and College Teacher (Private). His interests include Free and Open Source Software, SNMP, Network Management. He is the founder of the ZABBIX Brazil Community.

12:15 – 12:40 A Complete Log Infrastructure with Zabbix Alerting
PDF YouTube Pieter Baele A large infrastructure needs flexible and powerful log analysis tools. Zabbix is the platform to handle alerting, but specific tools are used for the log infrastructure. It's a conceptual presentation, but practical examples are shown as well, for both the OS and applications. We hope you can use the concepts in your environment!
Pieter Baele
Linux System Architect, ICTRA (NMBS-Holding)

Pieter Baele is a Linux System Architect working for ICTRA, the ICT provider of the National Railway Company of Belgium. Pieter started using Zabbix (1.4.x) when doing an internship at the company Open-Future (a Zabbix partner). After this experience, Pieter selected Zabbix to monitor hundreds of Linux servers (because of the excellent training, support and all-in-one approach).

12:40 – 13:15 Going Down! Using Low Level Discoveries in Practice
PDF YouTube Raymond Kuiper With the introduction of Zabbix 2.0 a major new feature for the Zabbix monitoring system was released upon the world: Low Level Discovery (LLD) was born.
LLD gives a Zabbix administrator incredible power over what items will be monitored in an automated fashion. The reduction of administrative overhead for the Zabbix administrators can be reduced dramatically when LLD is actively used. During this presentation we will explain how the LLD mechanism in Zabbix works and we'll show you some examples that demonstrate how you can create your own discoveries.
Raymond Kuiper
IT Infrastructure Specialist, Competa IT

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 has introduced the tool to various organizations and administrators. He also likes to hang out in #zabbix on Freenode to help out other Zabbix users.

13:15 – 13:30 SHORT TALK: Keeping Zabbix Up to Date with Stunnel
PDF YouTube Patrik Uytterhoeven How to keep your Zabbix configuration up to date at your customers in an easy way and how to make a business out of it ? When you have installed Zabbix to monitor your customers' infrastructure it just starts, organizations grow, change, have different problems and Zabbix needs to be adapted. How can you make sure you can do this for your customers in an easy and secure way with the minimum effort and grow a business model from it?
Patrik Uytterhoeven
Linux Consultant, Open-Future

In 2013 Patrik Uytterhoeven joined the company Open-Future. Patrik had already 16 years of experience in IT and the monitoring of mainframes before he joined Open-Future. Open-Future was the first Zabbix reseller in Belgium and when Patrik joined the company he took the oportunity to go to Zabbix SIA and certify himself in the beginning of this year as a certified Zabbix 2.0 trainer.

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:05 Zabbix Ambassadorship
PDF YouTube Tobias van Hoogen Real life example of an engineer turned pointy-haired-operations-boss (aka Zabbix ambassador-ship) since Zabbix 1.4. Being a Zabbix evangelist over the years I've run into multiple issues to get the software accepted - both in the engineering departments and management. The idea is to look into these issues and more importantly: to come up with some good answers to them.
Engineers know Cacti/Nagios, Zabbix seems complex (and can be for new users!). Management wants uptime and looooves business metrics. Make a 'support triangle': business metrics on top, then cluster aggregates then individual machines (don't care about a burning webserver in a cluster with 100 machines, but care about the cluster CPU spiking suddenly). Training engineers and business end-users. A look into the future, how to integrate cmdb, racktables Zabbix etc.
Tobias van Hoogen
Head of IT Operations, Netco Technology b.v.

15:05 – 15:25 SHORT TALK: When It Comes to Scalability
PDF YouTube Leonid Yulenets Zabbix performance degradation issues may be observed when the monitoring load becomes too high. In most cases, the bottleneck is the SQL database. Alternative Zabbix architecture is proposed to reach horizontal scalability with rather low cost. NoSQL solution for storing historical data is described.
Leonid Yulenets
Operations Tools Lead, RingCentral

Leonid Yulenets, Ph.D. in Control Systems, currently working as Operations Tools Lead in RingCentral Inc., a leading cloud business communication solutions provider. RingCentral is monitoring 3000+ of hosts with Zabbix, and uses a custom solution for service oriented alarming. In order to meet scalability requirements, currently a new system based on Zabbix is being developed.

15:25 – 16:00 Migration to Zabbix
PDF YouTube Erik Skytthe DBCs migration process to Zabbix. I want to share ideas, hacks and experiences from our Zabbix setup, mostly focused on how we have tried to transform the “raw” standard Zabbix into a useful tool for our firm. How we tier the different Zabbix functions together with the power of screens and maps and how we handle the different user requirements.
Erik Skytthe
System Specialist, DBC A/S

Has walked the dark path of the main commercial monitoring systems for more than 15 years. Was suddenly enlightened by Zabbix, during an evaluation of open source monitoring systems. Likes to analyze hardcore problems, systems and humans. Working today for DBC– which provides systems and services to the Danish libraries, based on open source.

16:00 – 16:20 Coffee Break
16:20 – 16:40 SHORT TALK: Zabby - Zabbix Agent Written in Python
PDF YouTube Evgeniy Petrov Have you ever wondered "why doesn't this item work on this one host (out of hundreds)"? I did, several times, and I've dug through C code and written small C programs to confirm my hypotheses and I've patched and recompiled Zabbix agent to work on this and that host. Every time it was very time consuming because it required a skill I don't really have (low level programming), so I've rewritten Zabbix agent in a more friendly language — Python. So now, I can view the source code of an item on the host in question, call it from Python interpreter, override it and live happily ever after.
Evgeniy Petrov
Software Developer, i-Free

Evgeniy Petrov is a software developer of monitoring department at i-Free. He is also maintaining a Zabbix installation of about 400 heterogeneous Linux servers with zero unsupported items.

16:40 – 17:15 End-user Experience Monitoring
PDF YouTube Jurijs Fedorenko It's always good to prevent downtime of our servers. Although, there are situations when everything is looking good on the backend, but users are experiencing some kind of problems - like GUI errors and applications with snail-like reflexes. It would be nice to get informed by Zabbix before being flushed away by user calls. This talk will be about user emulation, monitoring of interaction with our applications, and extracting some useful information out of it!
Jurijs Fedorenko
Senior Systems Administrator, ABLV Bank

Senior Systems Administrator at ABLV Bank, AS, responsible for monitoring and virtualization systems. Four years of DevOp experience at AS Latvenergo Energy Company. Zabbix Certified Specialist, having six years of experience with our beloved monitoring system.

17:15 – 17:40 TECHNICAL SESSION: Which Database is Better for Zabbix? PostgreSQL vs. MySQL
PDF YouTube Yoshiharu MORI In Zabbix, selecting the database system may not be the most important issue. However, if you need to deal with a large amount of monitoring data, the database performance could become a critical issue. We measure the performance of the new Zabbix 2.2 along with the latest version of MySQL and PostgreSQL, and present the results. Also we will show the tuning points of each database when used in Zabbix.
Yoshiharu MORI
Consultant, SRA OSS, Inc. Japan

Yoshiharu Mori, who is in charge of technical support and training of PostgreSQL, became a system consultant with a focus on PostgreSQL. He has had some experience with Zabbix construction and technical support from 2011.


September 7, 2013

09:00 - 10:00 Registration for conference delegates
10:00 – 10:40 Zabbix to Monitoring Critical Environments of Brazilian Government - SERPRO
PDF YouTube Adail Horst The talk will be about how Zabbix is used to monitoring critical environments in Brazil. SERPRO is a governmental organization with responsibility of looking after the critical environments for several Brazilian governmental organizations and the need to assure their perfect operation for all citizens of Brazil. Specific applications can require to work on platforms without native support of agents or other standard protocols, so we need to use a monitoring tool with support for integrating information from many sources.
Adail Horst
Network Analyst, SERPRO

Adail Horst is a member of the ZABBIX-BRAZIL community. Working as a Senior Administrator for SERPRO (Federal Service of Data Process - Brazil) since 2010. Has already worked with the monitoring of large scale systems and now is working with customization and standards of monitoring using open source in Brazil. In addition, has written a patch called "Zabbix-Extras" with new features for Zabbix - available on my blog.

10:40 – 11:20 Integrated Dashboard Design
PDF YouTube Lukasz Lipski A complex infrastructure often calls for a simple, 'at a glance' overview of the system status. We are well aware of the power and flexibility of Zabbix, but can it play well with others? Of course it can. This presentation will show some of the ways in which the data provided by Zabbix can be shown alongside data obtained from other systems in a way that provides real business value, with minimal development effort (some Perl code and Twitter Bootstrap magic).
Lukasz Lipski
IT Operations Specialist, Nordea Bank Polska S.A.

UNIX/Linux systems administrator with some programming background and a passion for making things work with as little human feedback as possible. Currently working on a number of projects, and often wondering about the fine line between use and abuse of Perl programming language. Using Zabbix as a primary monitoring solution since 2011.

11:20 – 11:40 SHORT TALK: Integrating the Zabbix Host Inventory with an External CMDB
PDF Pieter Baele Large companies use Asset Management tools, a lot of times proprietary, to keep facts about servers and equipment. This presentation shows a uni-directional way to store your assets in both Zabbix and Asset Management tools.
Pieter Baele
Linux System Architect, ICTRA (NMBS-Holding)

Pieter Baele is a Linux System Architect working for ICTRA, the ICT provider of the National Railway Company of Belgium. Pieter started using Zabbix (1.4.x) when doing an internship at the company Open-Future (a Zabbix partner). After this experience, Pieter selected Zabbix to monitor hundreds of Linux servers (because of the excellent training, support and all-in-one approach).

11:40 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 12:40 Monitoring Outside the Box. External Factors in Your Datacenter.
PDF YouTube Alf Solli Eltele uses Zabbix as a monitoring service for its customers. This includes infrastructure, servers and all the usual stuff. But in addition, we're doing security and environmental monitoring with specialized hardware, served with Zabbix frontend access to the customers, with personalized dashboards.
Alf Solli
Senior System Consultant, Eltele AS
CEO, Sensorfabrikken

Alf Solli works for Eltele AS where he‘s in charge of monitoring of the whole operation and customer premises, and concurrently owns a company that makes and sells sensor hardware ( He‘s worked with Zabbix from version 1.4 to 2.0, in 3 different companies (Telecom, Oil industry and ASP/ISP) over the years in addition to running it at home for anything that runs on electricity. Current installation at Eltele monitors roughly 1000 Cisco devices, a couple of hundred servers and environmental sensors as well as UPS and other assorted customer premise devices. This solution replaced an aging NimBUS setup that broke under the pressure.

12:40 – 13:00 SHORT TALK: Zabbix Road - Drive from ICMP Pings to Enterprise Security
PDF YouTube Lukas Macura Presentation will show practical possibilities to use Zabbix in small devices and SoHo environment, discuss problems of embedding Zabbix into OpenWrt, show the possibility to monitor weather conditions and instruct how to cache results using apache. Next to this, there will be practical example of how to manage and monitor a couple of embedded devices. The last topic will be a proof of concept of using Zabbix as the central point for multi-criteria network analysis.
Lukas Macura
VoIP and Network Specialist, CESNET, z.s.p.o.

Network administrator and lecturer at Silesian University in Opava, administrator of CESNET POP at Karvina and VoIP specialist in CESNET multimedia team. Lucas is using Zabbix from its alpha versions for network monitoring. He aims to be an "open-source extremist". The best motto, which could be used for him is "Nothing is impossible".

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:35 Utilizing the ZBX Protocols
PDF YouTube Henrik Johansen During the course of our presentation we will show how we are using software implementations of the Zabbix Agent & Zabbix Sender protocols to implement extra functionality or to compliment existing features in our ZBX environment.
(Near) realtime graphing of agent items, building an API for application profiling/monitoring, ad-hoc querying of information, compliance scans and custom handling of service restarts in Windows are a few examples of what is possible and what we have currently implemented.
Henrik Johansen
System Consultant, Region Syddanmark

Ninja octopus with a passion for monitoring using Zabbix who has spent the last 15 years in mission-critical data center environments.

14:35 – 15:05 The Highlights of Zabbix 2.2
PDF YouTube Pavel Jelisejevs The next version of Zabbix will be released with great new functionality like virtual machine monitoring, improved web scenarios and custom modules. In this talk Pavels will walk you through the most important features developed in Zabbix 2.2.
Pavels Jelisejevs
Lead frontend developer, Zabbix SIA

Pavels is a web developer who's currently working on the Zabbix frontend and API. Before joining the Zabbix team two years ago he had developed various projects, ranging from plain home pages to complex web applications.

15:05 – 15:25 Coffee Break
15:25 – 15:40 SHORT TALK: Using Zabbix as Access Control Engine
PDF Gabriele Armao How Zabbix can be used as engine for an Access Control service, collecting various kind of logs, through its embedded items and external scripts and using a custom developed tool to correlate, show and search the flow of accesses.
Gabriele Armao
System Administrator, Systematica S.R.L.

Gabriele's main task inside Systematica has always been the implementation of a system monitoring infrastructure. He chose Zabbix and developed many tools and scripts around it, became a Zabbix Certified Specialist for Large Environments in November 2010, and, two years later, in November 2012, he decided to move up and become a Certified Zabbix Trainer.

15:40 – 16:15 Why on Earth Was I Not Notified!?
PDF YouTube Volker Fröhlich "Why on earth was I not notified?!" — ever heard that question from a fellow worker? Setting up notifications can be a challenge; debugging them is cumbersome and requires a good understanding of how Zabbix works. Or were you ever asked for a list of people who would be notified on some event? That question is hard to answer, until the event really takes place. The Action Simulator retrofits the frontend with the capabilities necessary to solve such challenges, while keeping changes to a minimum.
Volker Fröhlich
GNU/Linux Engineer, Medical University of Vienna

After a late start into GNU/Linux, Volker Fröhlich quickly became a packager with Fedora. He recently became involved with the Zabbix packages for Fedora/EPEL as well. Volker started working in monitoring in 2011, picking Zabbix to replace the former tool. He's also involved in the German translation of Zabbix and is a permanent resident of the Zabbix IRC channel.

16:15 – 16:20 Closing Speech
YouTube Alexei Vladishev
Alexei Vladishev
Founder and CEO, Zabbix SIA

Alexei is the author of Zabbix, an enterprise class open source monitoring solution, and also the founder of Zabbix SIA (Ltd), the company developing Zabbix.

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