Zenoss announced the launch of its ZenPack SDK, a new portal that enables anyone to create plugins that extend the capabilities of the Zenoss platform. The ZenPack SDK targets to add agility to it’s platform and make it easy for users to extend monitoring quickly to any business-critical device, application or services whether they’re on premises, in virtual environments or in the cloud.

APIs and SDKs are not new – but in the age of digital transformation, they are a critical requirement for not only embracing change but successfully achieving this change and winning big in today’s competitive landscape.

Zenoss definition of ZenPacks is extensible plug-ins that use standard APIs and protocols, including SSH, WinRM, and SNMP, to collect configuration information and monitor specific elements, devices or systems without the need for agents.

With ZenPack SDK, plugins can be created to extend functionality in monitoring all device classes of Zenoss, including servers, networking systems, storage systems, virtual environments, containers, converged infrastructure, applications and more. There are over 500 ZenPacks available in the portal, which cover everything from physical systems to containers to cloud deployments to applications.

According to Zenoss,

“ZenPacks have always been one of the most compelling aspects of the Zenoss solution. By enabling every single Zenoss user to create and update ZenPacks, Zenoss wants to create an environment where all Zenoss customers can leverage the benefit of the entire customer community.”

Zenoss reports that ZenPacks can be created from any of these five sources:

  • Zenoss developers
  • Zenoss customers
  • Zenoss community
  • Paid professional services
  • Third-party service partners

Technology is evolving rapidly, and as a result, digital transformation is a hot topic in business right now. As with cloud and mobile, digital transformation started with a buzz, seemed to be the new trend, and has quickly become an important strategic shift for businesses to understand and embrace.