Zenoss: Product Overview and Insight

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Bottom Line:

Zenoss is a solid option for those looking for an IT monitoring platform that can analyze multiple classes of IT assets including servers, applications and networking components.

Troubleshooting is a strong point and key differentiator for Zenoss, thanks to the optional Zenoss Service Dynamics Service Impact module that can help to correlate the impact of different services on application delivery.

Zenoss, like several other options for server monitoring is an open source based IT management solution. While the Zenoss Core community project is the open source effort, Zenoss Service Dynamics is the commercial on-premises offering providing enterprise features and Zenoss Cloud provides a hosted deployment.

In contrast to some of the other vendors in this ServerWatch list of server monitoring vendors that have an open source project, there is no upgrade path between Zenoss Core and the enterprise platform. Additionally, some users have found the installation process for Zenoss Service Dynamics to be complex.

Service Description:

Zenoss Service Dynamics and Zenoss Cloud supports a wide array of on-premises and cloud infrastructure monitoring capabilities and has a powerful engine that is able to auto-discover devices.

ZenPacks provide easy integration with different hardware and applications for easy monitoring. Among the server hardware ZenPacks are options for Dell PowerEdge, HP Proliant and IBM Power servers.


Server Hardware Monitoring
Administrators can monitor multiple components on s a server system including, processors, memory, fans and physical disks.

Blade Server Monitoring
Zenoss enables users to identify blade server enclosures and the components that are in them, including management consoles.

Event Management
Events are collected to help map the relationship between server components and service impact.

Capacity Planning
Resource utilization and capacity planning to help identify when systems are overtaxed.

Server operating system monitoring
Monitoring of Linux, Microsoft Windows, HP-UX, IBM AIX and OracleSolaris information as well as CPU utilization.


Zenoss Cloud is a SaaS platform, with the company also offering on-premises options for organizations that request that option.


Two support tiers:
Professional - for smaller environments, with up to three months of data retention.
Enterprise - for larger environment, with 15 months of data retention.

Use Cases:

Organizations looking for broad server and IT service infrastructure monitoring across both on-premises and cloud deployments.


Available on request from Zenoss.


Workload Support

cloud and on-premises


Cloud SaaS platform (Zenoss Cloud), and on-premises (Zenoss Service Dynamics).

Key Differentiator

Service impact and root-cause isolation; blade server monitoring


Available on request from Zenoss

This article was originally published on March 4, 2019
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