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Zabbix performance tip
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:date: 2011-05-13T19:03:31Z
:category: blog
:tags: zabbix,monitoring
:url: blog/2011/5/13/zabbix-performance-tip.html
:save_as: blog/2011/5/13/zabbix-performance-tip.html
:status: published
:author: Gergely Polonkai
Recently I have switched from `MRTG <http://oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg/>`_ + `Cacti
<http://www.cacti.net/>`_ + `Nagios <http://www.nagios.org/>`_ + `Gnokii
<http://www.gnokii.org/>`_ to `Zabbix <http://www.zabbix.com/>`_, and I must say Im more than
satisfied with it. It can do anything the former tools did, and much more. First of all, it can
do the same monitoring as Nagios did, but it does much more fine. It can check several parameters
within one request, so network traffic is kept down. Also, its web front-end can generate any
kinds of graphs from the collected data, which took Cacti away. Also, it can do SNMP queries
(v1-v3), so querying my switches port states and traffic made easy, taking MRTG out of the
picture (I know Cacti can do it either, it had historical reasons we had both tools installed).
And the best part: it can send SMS messages via a GSM modem natively, while Nagios had to use
Gnokii. The trade-off is, I had to install Zabbix agent on all my monitored machines, but I think
it worths the price. I even have had to install NRPE to monitor some parameters, which can be a
pain on Windows hosts, while Zabbix natively supports Windows, Linux and Mac OS/X.
So I only had to create a MySQL database (which I already had for NOD32 central management), and
install Zabbix server. Everything went fine, until I reached about 1300 monitored parameters.
MySQL seemed to be a bit slow on disk writes, so my Zabbix “queue” filled up in no time. After
reading some forums, I decided to switch to PostgreSQL instead. Now it works like charm, even
with the default Debian settings. However, I will have to add several more parameters, and my
boss wants as many graphs as you can imagine, so Im more than sure that I will have to fine tune
my database later.