Zabbix Conference Benelux 2020 Agenda

Zabbix Conference Benelux is a 2-day event full of exciting talks, tricky topics, community solutions, use cases from a wide range of companies and workshops run by the Zabbix Team.

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*Note that the agenda is subject to change.

Day 1 – March 6

09:00

Registration

10:00

Conference opening

10:05

Welcome speech

Alexei Vladishev
Alexei Vladishev

Zabbix Founder and CEO, Zabbix, Latvia

Alexei is the author of Zabbix, an enterprise-class open source monitoring solution, and also the founder of Zabbix LLC, the company developing Zabbix.
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10:20

What's new in Zabbix 5.0

Edgars Melveris
Edgars Melveris

Trainer, Technical Support Engineer, Zabbix, Latvia

Edgars has more than 10 years of experience as a System Administrator and 7 years of experience working with Zabbix monitoring solution. He is knowledgeable in administering Linux and networking. Edgars is Zabbix Technical Support Engineer and Certified Trainer.
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11:00

Why alerting is important

We as IT guys like to work on technical stuff. But keep in mind alerting is important!

Michael Schouwstra
Michael Schouwstra

IT consultant, Xifeo ICT B.V.

Michael Schouwstra has been active in IT almost his entire life. Started his carrier as a service desk employee. Working his way up to a windows system admin. After graduating at the Hogeschool Utrecht as System engineer. He started working as a System administrator at NEP. This is where he came into contact with Zabbix. A few years later he got his certification as a Zabbix specialist & professional & trainer. Currently, he is an IT consultant at Xifeo where he shares his knowledge with other IT enthusiasts.
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11:20

Monitoring a dual-homed machine within Zabbix

Brian van Baekel
Brian van Baekel

Consultant / Zabbix Trainer, Opensource ICT Solutions B.V., The Netherlands

Brian van Baekel started his IT career in 2014, working as a network engineer, building, supporting and implementing both small and large network environments for various types of business. In meanwhile he acquired several Cisco, Juniper and Extreme Networks certifications. Since 2014 he worked with Zabbix, starting at version 1.8, building small/medium environments. At the start of 2017 he acquired his Zabbix Specialist and Professional certifications, and a few months later attended the Zabbix Certified Trainer course in Riga. Since then he is working fulltime as Zabbix consultant and trainer.
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11:40

Coffee break

12:10

Automated Monitoring of an ISP Network

Erik De Neve
Erik De Neve

System Engineer, Belnet, Belgium

As a System Architect, my job is to oversee new technical projects at Belnet. This includes projects for customers as well as internal projects. Last years my main focus was on monitoring our internal and external services for the customers and monitoring the Belnet network. Besides that, I work on our anti-spam and cloud solutions.
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12:30

Fighting notification floods and misleading alerts in distributed Zabbix deployments

Monitoring large and distributed networks poses relevant challenges to Zabbix administrators as it requires to analyse different and complex failure scenarios. In this talk, we will explore some simple approaches to improve default templates in order to get rid of notification floods, false positives and other misleading alerts, and to let Zabbix driving you to the right root cause.

Nicola Mauri
Nicola Mauri

Monitoring and Security Consultant, Bitech SpA, Italy

Freelance IT Consultant My Zabbix work focuses on: - Small installations (>5000 hosts) - Multi-tenancy - Maximize notifications reliability - User experience • Zabbix Certified Specialist (2013) • Red Hat Certified Engineer (2014) • Red Hat OpenStack Certified (2015)
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12:50

A Journey Of Discovery

Frank Klaassen
Frank Klaassen

Senior DevOps Engineer, Enrise B.V., The Netherlands

Frank is a Senior DevOps Engineer with a broad range of experience and interests. Together with his team at Enrise he ensures both the internal IT and IT-environments for customers hosted on various (public) clouds are running as smooth as possible. Monitoring plays an integral part in this. Frank has been working with Zabbix since 2008 and either introduced or improved the usage of Zabbix at all companies he has worked for.
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13:10

Lunch

14:40

Zabbix supports Ops - Clever use of Event Tags in Remote Commands

Wolfgang Alper
Wolfgang Alper

CEO, IntelliTrend GmbH, Germany

Wolfgang Alper is the CEO of IntelliTrend GmbH, a german IT-Service company specialized in network infrastructure, virtualization and network monitoring. With IntelliTrend GmbH, he had the idea that not only big companies like carriers would need monitoring of their IT-Infrastructure, but also the smaller ones. So in 2004, he started implementing Zabbix in enterprise environments and has not regretted this decision once. As a Zabbix certified trainer, Wolfgang is specialised in large scale deployments of Zabbix.
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15:10

TBA

Sergey Sorokin
Sergey Sorokin

Business Development Director, Zabbix, Latvia

With a background in business administration and extensive experience in the financial sector, Sergey works for Zabbix for over 8 years now. Sergey is responsible for global partner network development, for cooperation and joint projects with software and hardware vendors, and some key customer projects.
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15:30

TBA

15:50

Coffee break

16:20

TBA

16:40

TBA

Day 2 – March 7

08:15

Zabbix Exam

09:30

Workshop

10:40

Zabbix Agent2 - view from the inside

Viktors Tjarve
Viktors Tjarve

C Developer, Zabbix, Latvia

Viktors has been working as a C developer at Zabbix for 4+ years. Having delivered multiple solutions for complex scenarios necessary for users, Viktors has an in-depth insider's knowledge of Zabbix. Besides contributing to improving almost all Zabbix software components, including Zabbix Java Gateway and Zabbix Agent2, he has also worked on expanding Zabbix unit testing and test automation for continuous integration.
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11:10

Upgrade Zabbix and migrate from PostgreSQL table partitioning to PostgreSQL with TimescaleDB

Patrik Uytterhoeven
Patrik Uytterhoeven

Open-source consultant, Open-Future B.V.B.A., Belgium

Patrik is an opensource minded consultant working for Open-Future - one of the oldest Zabbix partners. Patrik is a certified Zabbix trainer and also the author of the Zabbix Cookbook and co-author of the Zabbix 4 network monitoring book. Both published by packt.
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11:30

Dashboarding with Grafana

Michel van Son
Michel van Son

System Engineer, SolvedIT, The Netherlands

I’ve been working with Zabbix on and off for about 5/6 years, getting more serious in the last years. Also much experience with the Elastic stack for about 3 years now.
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11:50

Coffee break

12:20

PromBix: Zabbix monitoring Prometheus end-points

Gerhard Pegel
Gerhard Pegel

Monitoring Engineer, Wehkamp

Gerhard’s career started as a system administrator when he was 19 years young. More than 20 years ago he did a lot of programming in PBX and PLC’s systems. For the last three years he is working at Wehkamp as a Monitoring Engineer. And for more than one year he is part of Wehkamp cloud-team, so doing lots of work in Ansible and Terraform to enable other teams in Wehkamp. In 2017 he received the Zabbix Certified Specialist and Zabbix Certified Professional certificates.
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12:40

Deploying Zabbix as a multi-tenant multi-team monitoring tool

Sven Putteneers
Sven Putteneers

Technical Product Manager, Telenet, Belgium

I have been involved with monitoring since 3.5 years. Some of my previous professional experiences are R&D at Intel, working for a game studio startup and a short career in a casino.
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13:00

Zabbix and SCADA: Who watches the watchers?

Yuri Suslov
Yuri Suslov

Instrument & Systems Manager, Apache Egypt JV, Egypt

Expert in Industrial Automation with more than 25 years of experience in design, commissioning, start-up and maintenance of Chemical/Oil & Gas plants in the former the Soviet Union and the Middle East countries. In-depth knowledge of several DCS/PLC/SCADA systems, Windows/Linux server administration, supervision of various onsite activities in a multi-cultural environment.
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13:20

Lunch

14:20

Integrating Zabbix with alerting and ITSM systems the easy way

Integrating Zabbix with ITSM and the alerting system has never been easier. In this presentation we shall discuss the improvements we have made in our approach to integrating Zabbix with external systems and we will delve deeper into the technical details and specific use-cases of setting up such integrations.

Artūrs Lontons
Artūrs Lontons

Technical Support Engineer, Zabbix, Latvia

Arturs is an IT engineer by education and trade. As a certified IT project manager, over the years he has obtained vast experience in both IT support, design of business processes and as a part of multiple IT support teams in many different fields, from retail to aviation. Arturs started working in Zabbix as a support engineer and quickly found his passion for teaching the Zabbix community about different monitoring approaches, best troubleshooting methods and providing other insights into the internal mechanisms of the product. As a Zabbix Certified Trainer, Arturs now has the opportunity to share his knowledge with the community and Zabbix customers all over the globe.
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14:50

TBA

14:55

Using LLD to save you a LOT of work

Jeroen Baten
Jeroen Baten

Solutionist, i2rs

I solve IT problems. I connect system A with system B. I teach people stuff. I do this mostly with Linux systems. To make stuff happen I write a lot of custom scripts in various programming languages like Python, Bash, C, Java, etc. I have clients all over the world (Australia, Switzerland, France, the US, etc). I am also the project leader of the open-source LibrePlan project. So go to the libre plan.dev site if you need more information about an open-source web-based project management application. I occasionally write an article for my blog, but I have also written a number of books: • LPI Essentials (Dutch) • Open ICT voor Managers (Dutch) • LibrePlan, the missing manual (English, French)
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15:10

True monitoring solution

Nathan Liefting

Network Engineer, True B.V., The Netherlands

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15:30

Coffee break

16:00

TBA

16:20

Lighting talk: How to write a Zabbix book

Patrik Uytterhoeven
Patrik Uytterhoeven

Open-source consultant, Open-Future B.V.B.A., Belgium

Patrik is an opensource minded consultant working for Open-Future - one of the oldest Zabbix partners. Patrik is a certified Zabbix trainer and also the author of the Zabbix Cookbook and co-author of the Zabbix 4 network monitoring book. Both published by packt.
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16:30

Lighting talk: True custom monitoring

Brian van Baekel
Brian van Baekel

Consultant / Zabbix Trainer, Opensource ICT Solutions B.V., The Netherlands

Brian van Baekel started his IT career in 2014, working as a network engineer, building, supporting and implementing both small and large network environments for various types of business. In meanwhile he acquired several Cisco, Juniper and Extreme Networks certifications. Since 2014 he worked with Zabbix, starting at version 1.8, building small/medium environments. At the start of 2017 he acquired his Zabbix Specialist and Professional certifications, and a few months later attended the Zabbix Certified Trainer course in Riga. Since then he is working fulltime as Zabbix consultant and trainer.
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