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Zenoss Announces 3rd Annual Global ZenPack Challenge To Be Held at GalaxZ18

User Conference Highlights Top Developers of Platform Extension Innovations

AUSTIN, Texas – December 21, 2017 – Zenoss Inc., the leader in Software-Defined IT Operations™, announced today that the 2018 Zenoss ZenPack Challenge will take place at the company's GalaxZ18 user conference, June 20-22, 2018, at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2018.

The ZenPack Challenge is an annual contest that provides an opportunity for developers from around the world to showcase their skills by creating a unique ZenPack for the Zenoss hybrid IT monitoring platform. The challenge is sponsored by SOPRIS Technologies, a provider of end-to-end software and hardware solutions.

The 2018 ZenPack Challenge is open to all developers from anywhere around the world. Two finalists in each category, professional and university, will receive scholarships to attend GalaxZ18. At the conference, the finalists will showcase their ZenPacks on the Partner Showcase floor in front of all conference attendees.

ZenPacks are key elements of the Zenoss value proposition — deepening the platform capabilities by using a highly extensible model to collect health and performance data from all physical, virtual and cloud systems and to integrate with other IT operations systems. Strategic Zenoss partners such as SOPRIS have built entire business practices for the Zenoss platform, and ZenPack development is fundamental to these.

"We are elated to be the sponsor of the 2018 ZenPack Challenge," said Jorge Zepeda-Godinez, CEO of SOPRIS. "This challenge is a wonderful showcase of the innovation being created by the global Zenoss community, and we’re proud to be a part of it."

ZenPacks are customizable plug-ins that extend the Zenoss platform using standard APIs and protocols, including SNMP, WMI, SSH and many more, to collect real-time health and performance data from any type of system or application. The flexible, highly extensible ZenPack model allows users to quickly expand the discovery, performance and availability monitoring capabilities of the Zenoss platform to new technologies in their IT environments.

The Zenoss ZenPack Catalog has grown to more than 500 ZenPacks created by Zenoss and the Zenoss development community, covering physical systems, containers, cloud deployments, applications and more.

"We encourage entries from all over the world from anyone who loves developing software and solving IT operations challenges," said Brian Wilson, chief customer officer at Zenoss. "Every year, we've been impressed with the developers' creativity and competitive spirit. We're very excited to see what the 2018 challenge has in store — especially with the addition of the university category this year, enabling students to join industry professionals in adding innovative new ZenPacks to our growing catalog so they can be shared and extended within the Zenoss TechZen Community."

The winner in each category will be awarded the 2018 Zenoss ZenPack of the Year award. All finalists will be highlighted in both the Zenoss ZenPack Catalog and the Zenoss blog and will receive a unique badge on the Zenoss TechZen User Community that may also be shared on social media.

GalaxZ18 attendees will also enjoy:

  • Interactive demonstrations and expert sessions with cloud and infrastructure leaders, practitioners, and industry experts
  • Strategies for enabling business through improved IT service health in hybrid IT environments
  • The latest how-tos and best practices from Zenoss subject matter experts
  • Instructor-led, hands-on technical training courses and certifications
  • One-on-one meetings with Zenoss technical experts and other key staff
  • The annual Z Awards, which recognize exceptional innovation, leadership and collaboration
  • Networking opportunities throughout

Registration for GalaxZ18 is now open online. For more information, please visit https://galaxz.zenoss.com.

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About Zenoss
Zenoss works with the world's largest organizations to ensure their IT services and applications are always on. As the leader in Software-Defined IT Operations™, Zenoss develops software that builds comprehensive real-time models of hybrid IT environments, providing unparalleled holistic health and performance insights. This uniquely enables Zenoss customers to predict and eliminate outages, dramatically reducing downtime and IT spend. https://www.zenoss.com

About SOPRIS Technologies
SOPRIS Technologies Inc. provides end-to-end advanced solutions and services that address the business, technology and operational challenges faced by technology-driven companies. SOPRIS' services- and solutions-oriented portfolio spans consulting and transformation services, solution design, deployment, integration, operations, and maintenance as well as development centers. SOPRIS provides software and hardware design services that customize solutions to fit specific customer business requirements. SOPRIS offers solutions to media, telecommunications, enterprise, energy and government clients, as well as suppliers to these markets, across the Americas. In the USA, SOPRIS is a certified minority business enterprise (MBE), Hispanic owned, and is an equal opportunity employer. https://www.sopristec.com

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