Saturday, February 8, 2014

Book review of Mastering Zabbix by Packt Publishing

I would like to make a quick review about Mastering Zabbix by Packt Publishing because I recently read itto learn how to manage large environment with Zabbix.

Mastering ZabbixMastering Zabbix by Andrea Dalle Vacche

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mastering Zabbix is quite helpful for the beginners or the intermediate those who need to manage and monitor IT infrastructure especially for mission critical environment or with hundreds of nodes because it covers database-sizing, capacity planning, distributed monitoring, High availability and Failover, managing alerts and template, and integrating zabbix itself with the best practices of zabbix.
If you are facing with the trouble like handling hundreds of alerts which the nodes your zabbix monitors sent to you, your zabbix server's performance is getting worse as the infrastructure is growing, or generating SLA report to analyze and measure the operating ratio of the IT infrastructure, it should be worth reading and the solution for you with the practical examples.
I'm pretty sure that there will be definitely some those who don't need this book because they love zabbix or OSS monitoring solutions, and become enthusiastic about finding solution themselves. But, you will be able to reduce and save your time to soluve your issues by trying some of the solutions on this book.
Lastly, I like the 3rd chapter, High Availability and Failover, because it broadly covers the basic understanding of the levels of IT service, the common problems of HA architecture, and how to implement HA clustering of web server with corosync and pacemaker and clustering of PostgreSQL with DRBD on LVM, moreover DRBD performance and optimizations!
The problems is that it's written about Zabbix 2.0.0, not 2.2.0, so I hope that the book is revised for Zabbix 2.2 or later in the next version. But I recommend you should try to read "Mastering Zabbix" because nobody wants to carry the technical books with you everyday.

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