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 +====== 15. Distributed monitoring ======
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 +=== Overview ===
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 +Zabbix provides effective and reliable ways of monitoring distributed IT infrastructure. The two main solutions for large environments provided by Zabbix are:
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 +  * use of [[manual:​distributed_monitoring:​proxies|proxies]]
 +  * use of [[manual:​distributed_monitoring:​nodes|nodes]]
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 +Proxies can be used to collect data locally on behalf of a centralized Zabbix server and then report the data to the server. Nodes are full Zabbix servers that can be set up in a hierarchy of distributed monitoring.
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 +== Proxy vs. node ==
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 +When making a choice between using a proxy or a node, several considerations must be taken into account.
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 +^ ^Proxy^Node^
 +|//​Lightweight//​ |**Yes** ​ |No  |
 +|//GUI// |No  |**Yes** |
 +|//Works independently//​ |**Yes** ​ |**Yes** ​ |
 +|//Easy maintenance//​ |**Yes** ​ |No  |
 +|//​Automatic ​ DB creation//<​sup>​1</​sup>​ |**Yes** ​ |No  |
 +|//Local administration//​ |No  |**Yes** ​ |
 +|//Ready for embedded hardware// |**Yes** ​ |No  |
 +|//One way TCP connections//​ |**Yes** ​ |**Yes** ​ |
 +|//​Centralised configuration//​ |**Yes** ​ |No  |
 +|//​Generates notifications//​ |No  |**Yes** ​ |
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 +<​note>​[1] Automatic DB creation feature only works with SQLite. Other databases require a [[manual:​installation:​install#​requirements|manual setup]].</​note>​