What is the relationship between the open source Zenoss Core and the commercial vesion of Zenoss?
I'm interested in an open source monitoring package to run on RHEL6-based systems. It appears that the released comercial Zenoss supports this in version 4, but the open source version is lagging behind, and is stil at version 3.
What does it mean to release an older version of a comercial package as an open source beta? Or am I misreading this?
It's complicated. Basically, Core 4 betas are going to be the "core" of the next Service Dynamics(SD) release (4.2?) from Zenoss. There were no OSS releases of SD4.0 and 4.1...
The monitoring part of Zenoss is the same on the OSS Core and the commercial SD. SD mainly has extra commercial zenpacks, support from Zenoss Inc, and integration with some of their other tools advertised on the webpage.
The forums are filled by a mix of Core and SD users, but mostly Core users. We're on v3 in production, with Core 4 in beta now for a hopeful release in the next few months. Paid support is available for Core 4 via multiple consultants, especially via the Zenoss Community Alliance (the ZCA of which I'm a part). The ZCA can help match you to consultants that are well known in the community.
Free support is availible as for most OSS projects, via these forums, wiki pages, zcaportal.org etc. The ZCA has also created an unsupported RHEL6 build of Core 3...
Let me know if you have other questions or need help.
LEPP Computer Group
Thanks James! I still have a couple of followup questions.
How does Core 3 do on RHEL6 and its variants? Are there known problems? It's only listed as supporting up through RHEL5.
How stable is Core 4beta? Would I be better off in a new installtion with RHEL6 or Scientific Linux 6 to start with Core 4beta?
It's going to depend on your timescale. If you can wait a couple months, starting with EL6 and Core 4 would be the obvious thing to do. If not, then try the Core 3 EL6 build and see if it works for you. I'm checking on the current build of Core 3 to see if there are known issues.
LEPP Computer Group
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