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Mastering Zabbix by Andrea Dalle Vacche, Stefano Lee

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Understanding the data flow for Zabbix items

A Zabbix item can be understood by its bare essentials—an identifier, data type, and associated host. These are the elements that are generally more useful for the rest of Zabbix's components. The identifier (that's usually the name and the associated item key) and the associated host are used to distinguish a single item among the thousands that can be defined in a monitoring environment. The data type is important so that Zabbix knows how to store the data, how to visualize it (text data won't be graphed, for example), and most importantly, what kind of functions can be applied to it in order to model triggers and the further processing.

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