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Intro to Zenoss by Andrew Kirch


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This session will introduce monitoring CloudStack with Zenoss, and the CloudStack ZenPack. I will cover in detail what you get out of monitoring CloudStack with Zenoss. Additionally I will cover installation of Zenoss, interacting with our community and Q&A.

About Andrew Kirch

Andrew D Kirch is the Community Manager at Zenoss, a software development company specializing in Unified Monitoring with 130 employees, headquartered in Austin, Texas. The company offers an open source network and systems monitoring product called Zenoss Core, and a commercial product called Zenoss Service Dynamics. The company has over 35,000 users in over 180 countries. Customers include major organizations such as Chic-fil-a, Huntington Bank, Netflix, SunGard, Accenture, NASA, FIS Global, and many more.

As Community Manager, Andrew works directly with product users every day. He has over 10 years of experience as a Systems/Network Administrator, with specialization including SNMP and network monitoring. Prior to working at Zenoss he was principal at a unified communications VAR focused in the Midwest. In his spare time he puts computer crackers in prison.

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Intro to Zenoss by Andrew Kirch

  1. 1. 1 © 2014 All Rights Reserved Apple HQ Build a Cloud Day Introduction to Zenoss January, 2015 Andrew D Kirch Community Manager
  2. 2. 2 © 2014 All Rights Reserved Agenda • Intro to Zenoss • Why Zenoss? • Demonstration (30-40 minutes) • The Community • Where do you get it? • Questions and Answers
  3. 3. 3 © 2014 All Rights Reserved What is Zenoss • Built on a single platform, Zenoss Core is a Unified Monitoring solution that delivers the quickest and most precise insight into potentially affected services so you can address issues before your business and users are impacted. • Zenoss will monitor anything that supports standards compliant agents like SNMP, SSH, and WinRS/WinRM to monitor all the things. • Zenoss will also leverage target API’s for cloud and converged infrastructure such as CloudStack, OpenStack, AWS, and UCS. • Zenoss also supports a wide variety of other open source plugins, scripting languages, and applications
  4. 4. 4 © 2014 All Rights Reserved Frankenmonitor
  5. 5. 5 © 2014 All Rights Reserved Unified Monitoring • Unified monitoring for legacy, physical, virtual and cloud • Agentless deployment leverages standard protocols • SNMP • WMI • SSH and Local command plugins • SNMPv2 MIBs • Supports most major operating systems out of the box • Zenoss and Community documentation available
  6. 6. 6 © 2014 All Rights Reserved • ZenPacks - Use the target’s API or existing agent to monitor it • 394 total ZenPacks Created by Zenoss and Zenoss User Community • Rapid Development via Open Source ZenPack Generator • Notable Open Source ZenPacks: • CloudStack • OpenStack • AWS • Windows • Linux 394 ZenPacks currently available on the ZenPack Catalog
  7. 7. 7 © 2014 All Rights Reserved Install Zenoss Core – Small Footprint You will need: • VM or server with 2 cores, and 4gb of ram (for up to 100 devices) • Minimal Install of Centos 64bit (Ubuntu support coming) • Community Script: • • Untar the script and run it as root • Takes about half an hour • Guaranteed to take 3-6 weeks on hotel wifi! (I highly recommend a good beer while waiting)
  8. 8. 8 © 2014 All Rights Reserved Demo
  9. 9. 9 © 2014 All Rights Reserved Support • Zenoss has an active support community • Places you can go to find us: • Wiki: • ZenPack directory: • Forums and Blog: • IRC: #zenoss
  10. 10. 10 © 2014 All Rights Reserved What can be found on the Wiki? • Wealth of Community sourced docs • Over 400 ZenPacks • Getting Help section on the front page • Tips for creating transforms and templates • Development guide for ZenPacks including four two-hour videos • Wealth of Community sourced docs • Over 400 ZenPacks • Getting Help section on the front page • Tips for creating transforms and templates • Development guide for ZenPacks including four two-hour videos
  11. 11. 11 © 2014 All Rights Reserved The Community Website – • Forums • Great for more in-depth questions • Patrolled by Zenoss employees, other customers, and the Community • Community Blog - • Updated several times a month • Contains the Dev Hours schedule
  12. 12. 12 © 2014 All Rights Reserved IRC #Zenoss • Active Community support • Dev Hours twice a week • A Zenoss Engineer from our solutions, platform, or professional services team will be available to answer your Transform, Template, or ZenPack related questions. • Schedule is posted quarterly The current schedule is available here: It’s IRC folks, did you really expect a screenshot?
  13. 13. 13 © 2014 All Rights Reserved Questions? Contact info: Andrew Kirch Community Manager @ Zenoss Email: IRC: Trelane in #zenoss Twitter @trelane99 Thank You! Questions & Answers