Next Meeting: Sept 9: Monitoring Bare Metal to the Clouds with Zenoss

Date: September 9th, 2010
Time: 7pm
Place: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
Room 403
University of Washington Campus
Subject: Monitoring Bare Metal to the Clouds with Zenoss
Presenter: Mark Hinkle

Today’s data centers are more dynamic than ever before. New hardware appears and disappears regularly, servers are virtualized and move in and out of the data center. Fortunately there is an open source tool that makes this all manageable and allows you to monitor your network, wherever it is. Zenoss Core is a free and open source (GPLv2) IT monitoring solution written in Python that has been downloaded over 1 million times and used in over 25,000 organizations worldwide. Zenoss delivers the functionality to monitor the health and performance of networks, servers and applications through a single, integrated software package. At the heart of Zenoss is a dynamic unified model of the entire IT environment, which allows system administrators to manage and monitor the ever-increasing complexity of their environments. The demonstration will cover Zenoss’ capabilities and discuss how the large and active community around Zenoss gives it an advantage over closed-source alternatives. More information about Zenoss Core can be found at:


Mark Hinkle has been the force behind Zenoss’ remarkable community adoption and involvement, growing community membership to over 40,000 members since joining the company in 2006. He is a co-founder of both the Open Source Management Consortium and the Desktop Linux Consortium, has served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxWorld Magazine and Enterprise Open Source Magazine, and authored the book, “Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration.” (Thomson, 2006)

Mark has also held executive positions at a number of technology start-ups, including Earthlink (previously MindSpring)–where he was the head of the technical support organization recognized by PC Computing and PC World as the best in the industry–Win4Lin and Emu Software.