Thoughts on monitoring and infrastructure automation, alert fatigue, DevOps, and #monitoringlove.
Because monitoring shouldn't suck.
Although Sensu wouldn’t become a publicly available open-source project until November 2011, the Sensu journey officially began five years ago this week. Five years ago I committed an emtpy README.md file (commit #1) to an otherwise empty repository called “Sensu” where I would then describe my #monitoringlove goals (commit #2), and the rest is history. We started this humble project at Sonian to replace an aging Nagios installation that couldn’t keep up with the rapidly evolving demands of a dynamic public-cloud infrastructure. Sonian was not (and is not) the only company facing that challenge, which has resulted in Sensu’s continued growth, and establishment as one of the most trusted monitoring platforms in the world today.
If you are like many Sensu users, you’ve come to rely on event handlers from the Sensu Plugins project for sending notifications to on-call personnel. These handler plugins automatically apply filtering to reduce alert fatigue and improve the overall signal-to-noise ratio of notifications coming from Sensu. Historically this filtering logic has been implemented in the sensu-plugin framework. This logic will soon be deprecated in the sensu-plugin library and move into the larger Sensu Core platform as first-class features. Read on to learn more about this important change.
Hello friends. We wanted to say “thanks!” to everyone who came out to the Sensu Party @Monitorama! It was nice to meet many of the faces behind the names we see on the interwebs (e.g. Sensu IRC, mailing list, GitHub issues, Sensu Enterprise Support tickets, etc). In case you missed it, here are a few pictures from the event…
We are very proud to announce that Sensu is now a part of the Chef Partner Cookbook Program. The Chef Partner Cookbook Program launched in February 2016 to establish “a new standard in code quality” and expand its “DevOps-ready technology ecosystem” via the Chef Supermarket. By joining this program, the Sensu cookbook becomes an even more reliable method for Chef users to deploy and manage Sensu as a part of their infrastructure development workflow.
We are very excited to announce the general release of Sensu Enterprise version 1.13.0, which is now available to download and install.
This release makes the new features found in Sensu Core version 0.24 available to Sensu Enterprise users, including...
We are very excited to announce the general release of Sensu Core version 0.24, which is now available to download and install.
This release is an important milestone on Sensu’s journey to “version 1.0” as it introduces a redesign to one of Sensu...
Hi Friends! As Sensu continues to gain momentum and attract new users, we want to continue to improve the new user onboarding experience, and make it as seamless as possible. Although we think the most direct UX enhancements will come via improvements to Sensu itself, and to the user documentation, we also think the website plays an important role — so we gave it a makeover!
This is the story of a journey. A long and challenging journey in which a small, bootstrapped team has taken Sensu from humble beginnings as an open source software project, to an open core platform for a burgeoning commercial product (Sensu Enterprise).