Grafana vs. Zabbix

Grafana vs. Zabbix

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What is Grafana?




Grafana is a visualization tool that allows you to see and analyze all of your metrics in one unified dashboard. Grafana can pull metrics from any source, such as Graphite and Prometheus, display that data, then enable you to annotate and understand the data directly in the dashboard. Grafana dashboards are designed to allow you to visualize information in a ton of ways, from histograms and heatmaps, to world maps. Grafana also has an alerting feature that can communicate with you through Slack, PagerDuty and more. Dashboards can be shared, downloaded or expanded with hundreds of plugins that make analysis easier. Grafana is open source, and Grafana as a Service is available through MetricFire.  

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What is Zabbix?




Zabbix is an open-source monitoring tool for IT systems such as networks, servers, virtual machines, and cloud services. Zabbix can collect metrics, detect problems, visualize, notify, and send notifications. There is also functionality for app monitoring. Zabbix is designed for for small scale environments, from anywhere to a few devices to a thousand. Zabbix also allows for easy distributed monitoring, where you can keep connection and open port count low. Some large scale installations have been made, but they require a lot of optimization. Zabbix doesn’t store data itself, but it can use a broad range of databases. Zabbix’s backend is written in C and the web frontend is in PHP. Zabbix as a Service is available through the Zabbix website, and there are 5 stages of pricing. 

When to use Grafana?

 Use Grafana when you …

  • need beautiful, simple, annotated graphs. 
  • have multiple sources of metrics or logs and need to see them in one place.
  • need to share your dashboards across the organization.
  • need to reorganize information based on specific team needs.
  • need an easy to use query builder.
  • need alerting for events.

When to use Zabbix?

Use Zabbix when you …

  • need an open source software with a C backend, and PHP front end. 
  • you want to use MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle or IBM DB2 to store data.
  • you have a small scale business, with less than 1000 devices.
  • need monitoring, but not necessarily great visualization/support documentation.

Pricing comparison

  • Grafana is open source, and free.
  • Business-ready Grafana as a Service by Metricfire, including hosted graphite and prometheus, starts at 99 USD a month.
  • Zabbix is open source and free.
  • Zabbix Enterprise is available through Zabbix.

Key takeaways

  • Grafana can integrate with a huge range of collectors, agents and storage engines.
  • Grafana is open source and free.
  • Zabbix is open source and free.
  • Zabbix is meant for monitoring, and not for visualization.

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