Sensu

Multi-cloud monitoring solution

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Sensu Overview

What is Sensu?

Sensu is the future-proof solution for multi-cloud monitoring at scale. The Sensu monitoring event pipeline empowers businesses to automate their monitoring workflows and gain deep visibility into their multi-cloud environments. Founded in 2017, Sensu offers a comprehensive monitoring solution for enterprises, providing complete visibility across every system, every protocol, every time from Kubernetes to bare metal.

Sensu provides users with a single and central platform from which to manage availability and application performance monitoring. Sensu offers a free and open source Sensu Core framework, as well as the commercially supported Sensu Enterprise. The Sensu Enterprise solution includes features like service checks and metrics, Prometheus and Nagios compatibility, alerts and incident management, plus Active Directory and enterprise-grade integrations (ServiceNow, Jira, Splunk). Sensu helps users maintain complete visibility over their entire infrastructure for both public and private cloud. Users can collect container and application metrics and store them anywhere (ElasticSearch, Splunk, etc.).

Sensu Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$600,00/month

Pricing options

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Value for money

Starts at $600 per month, free up to 100 devices.


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Supported Languages
English

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Sensu Reviews

Sensu Reviews

Overall rating
4,7
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5
Excellent
8

Very good
3

Average
0

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,7
Features
4,5
Ease of Use
4,5
Customer Support
4,8
100% recommended this app
Christian M.

Awesome monitoring framework with unlimited integration possibilities

Sensu Go is a powerful framework to build an event pipeline tailored to the needs of their users. Events can be gathered via various different ways and processed highly accurate via handlers. Sensu Go has its strength in dynamic environments and when it is interconnected with other tools of the IT environment used by administrators and managers.


Jared L.

A powerful monitoring event pipeline


Justin S.

Big improvement over Nagios, but still room for growth

After maintaining a Nagios XI installation for a few years, I decided to switch to Sensu because I can tell that Nagios is a creaking giant that doesn't meet the needs of the modern world especially well without a *lot* of elbow grease.

Sensu's backend and deployment is considerably easier than Nagios, but the GUI and documentation still need a lot of work.

Some of Sensu's best features, like assets, tarballs that package up programming language runtimes for easy deployment, aren't easy for smaller teams like mine to implement because the documentation talks about them as if you already know how to implement them.

I've already been in touch with our Sensu account manager, and to their credit, they arranged for a meeting with one of their higher-ups to discuss our concerns. I think Sensu still has room for improvement before it's a truly good fit for a small business environment like mine, but it's still a solid improvement in some ways over what I was using with Nagios XI.


Debodirno C.

Sensu - the best open source monitoring tool


Ben A.

Best monitoring Framework, not the best monitoring product

I have used sensu for 4+ years and have become a maintainer in the last couple years. I really love seeing the diverse use cases that sensu helps organizations accomplish with core features as well as the community maintained plugins. Sensu has a really great community where I have had the benefit of leveraging many community contributions but been able to give back to such an awesome community. If you ever want to get involved with `core`, `sensu-plugins`, or the various CM (config management) projects reach out to me on the community https://slack.sensu.io


Christian M.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Awesome monitoring framework with unlimited integration possibilities

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/03/27
Review Source: Capterra

Sensu Go is a powerful framework to build an event pipeline tailored to the needs of their users. Events can be gathered via various different ways and processed highly accurate via handlers. Sensu Go has its strength in dynamic environments and when it is interconnected with other tools of the IT environment used by administrators and managers.

Pros

The monitoring framework following the microservice approach gives users the ability to fully embed Sensu Go into their environment and workflows. The strengths of Sensu Go consist in giving users endless possibilities to process events using the event pipeline with filters and mutators. Handlers represent the integration to 3rd party tools, which could be everything you can think of. Every event is processed as a json object, what makes it very easy to build interfaces between Sensu Go and $product - you name it. On the other hand the agent is able to gather information in different ways. It supports several plugin output formats, what gives the possibility to choose from a pool of thousands plugins, scraping Prometheus Exporters, or just using in-house developments. Furthermore it supports to accept events/metrics via Agent API or the built-in StatsD listener. The documentation is awesome and complete. Since it is API-driven, users are able to fully automate Sensu Go using configuration management tools like Ansible, Chef, Puppet or Salt. The slack community is big and you can get help quickly.

Cons

Coming from classic montioring tools it takes some time to understand how Sensu Go works, but it's definitely worth it. At the moment Sensu Go brings some in-built filters (and simple filter examples in the docs) and some maintained handlers. If users want to go beyond that they need to look for community-implementations or write own filter expressions and handlers, what assumes that they are able to script or understand javascript (for filter expressions), golang or any other programming language (for handlers). What sounds like a con in one way is a pro in another, because it gives the user endless possibilities.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Jared L.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees

A powerful monitoring event pipeline

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/06/03
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Sensu provides an extremely flexible monitoring event pipeline for users of all sizes. Sensu is available as an open source, MIT licensed product allowing even the smallest organizations to leverage Sensu to provide a robust and flexible monitoring pipeline for all of their environments. Additionally, Sensu provides enterprise features (LDAP, AD, native external integrations) along with an incredible support team for their enterprise version.

Sensu provides native primitives that allow users to significantly reduce alert fatigue via filters, dependencies, aggregations, and scheduled silences. These primitives increase the value of Sensu monitoring event pipelines allowing "robots" to do the initial alert remediation and only notifying a human when there's real issues.

Cons

Sensu Core and Sensu Go both provide dashboards. In my experience, the larger the Sensu installation, the harder the provided dashboards become to use. However, Sensu Go now has native RBAC controls and appears to be significantly improving the dashboard with each release.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Justin S.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Big improvement over Nagios, but still room for growth

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/07/09
Review Source: Capterra

After maintaining a Nagios XI installation for a few years, I decided to switch to Sensu because I can tell that Nagios is a creaking giant that doesn't meet the needs of the modern world especially well without a *lot* of elbow grease.

Sensu's backend and deployment is considerably easier than Nagios, but the GUI and documentation still need a lot of work.

Some of Sensu's best features, like assets, tarballs that package up programming language runtimes for easy deployment, aren't easy for smaller teams like mine to implement because the documentation talks about them as if you already know how to implement them.

I've already been in touch with our Sensu account manager, and to their credit, they arranged for a meeting with one of their higher-ups to discuss our concerns. I think Sensu still has room for improvement before it's a truly good fit for a small business environment like mine, but it's still a solid improvement in some ways over what I was using with Nagios XI.

Pros

Sensu Go, the new version, is easy to deploy, and it's considerably easier to manage and scale as compared to Nagios, which we had been using.

Cons

The GUI interface still needs a lot of work; it's quite spartan compared to Nagios XI. The documentation isn't especially beginner-friendly; it lacks "hello world" examples and seems to assume that you're already intimately familiar with some of the concepts.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Debodirno C.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Sensu - the best open source monitoring tool

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/09/24
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

- Amazingly smooth way of deploying this.
- No budget required. ;)
- Easy to understand.
- Solves most of your problems.
- Have loads of plugins available.

Cons

- Cannot use a graph of the metrics throughout the day, or over a week in the dashboard.
- The updates are not backward compatible.

Response from Sensu

Thanks for the great review, Debodirno! We're happy to hear you enjoy using Sensu. If you're referring to the responsive agents or the entity classes tiles on the dashboard, those displays are meant to be the current snapshot of the health of your environment. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, feel free to post your questions on Discourse [https://discourse.sensu.io/]

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Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Ben A.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Best monitoring Framework, not the best monitoring product

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/03/15
Review Source: Capterra

I have used sensu for 4+ years and have become a maintainer in the last couple years. I really love seeing the diverse use cases that sensu helps organizations accomplish with core features as well as the community maintained plugins. Sensu has a really great community where I have had the benefit of leveraging many community contributions but been able to give back to such an awesome community. If you ever want to get involved with `core`, `sensu-plugins`, or the various CM (config management) projects reach out to me on the community https://slack.sensu.io

Pros

While many monitoring solutions try to be an out of box solution that is easy to get going and perform a prescriptive path Sensu took a step back and said instead of building a product we should build a framework. By taking the stance of framework first and product second what you get is a truly great experience where things work with little to no effort to get it spun up and going you can do so much more with it than the developers ever imagined people would use it. If you are willing to write code you can do pretty much anything you want by leveraging their framework and event pipeline. This can include writing new checks, metric gathering scripts, TSDB shippers, automated triage, automated remediation, etc.

Cons

Losing a lot of flexibility with filters in the transition from `sensu-ruby` to `sensu-go` but for most use cases you probably won't notice.

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9,5/10
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Sensu Pricing

Sensu Pricing

Starting from
US$600,00/month
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Starts at $600 per month, free up to 100 devices.

Starts at $600 per month, free up to 100 devices.

Value for Money
4,7/5
Based on 11 user ratings
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Sensu Features

Sensu Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts / Escalation
Auditing
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Compliance Management
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Drag & Drop Interface
Monitoring
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
User Management
Workflow Management
Features
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Additional information for Sensu

Additional information for Sensu

Key features of Sensu

  • Capacity Monitoring
  • Compliance Management
  • Dashboard
  • Database Servers
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Email Monitoring
  • Event Logs
  • Mail Server Monitoring
  • Maintenance Scheduling
  • Performance Metrics
  • Server Performance
  • Uptime Monitoring

Benefits

• Monitor everything from containers and cloud compute instances to bare metal and even mainframes.

• Manage availability and application performance monitoring from a single and central platform.

• Users can integrate with their existing tools like ElasticDB, Grafana, InfluxDB, helping to streamline the user-workflow.

• Automated alerts through email, PagerDuty and Slack enable users to create and resolve incidents as and when they happen.

• Collect and store container and application metrics anytime, anywhere via ElasticSearch, Splunk and InfluxDB.

Sensu FAQs

Sensu FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Sensu.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Sensu offer?

Sensu offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$600,00/month

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Starts at $600 per month, free up to 100 devices.

Q. What are the main features of Sensu?

Sensu offers the following features:

  • Capacity Monitoring
  • Compliance Management
  • Dashboard
  • Database Servers
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Email Monitoring
  • Event Logs
  • Mail Server Monitoring
  • Maintenance Scheduling
  • Performance Metrics
  • Server Performance
  • Uptime Monitoring

Q. Who are the typical users of Sensu?

Sensu has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Sensu support?

Sensu supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Sensu offer?

Sensu has the following pricing plans:

Free, Subscription

Q. Does Sensu support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Sensu supports

Q. What other apps does Sensu integrate with?

Sensu integrates with the following applications:

Jira, Jira Service Desk, PagerDuty, ServiceNow, Slack, Splunk Cloud, Squadcast

Q. What level of support does Sensu offer?

Sensu offers the following support options:

Phone Support, Online Support, Forum