Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Cacti
Cacti

37
36
+ 1
7
Sensu
Sensu

147
124
+ 1
54
Add tool

Cacti vs Sensu: What are the differences?

Developers describe Cacti as "Cacti stores all of the necessary information to create graphs and populate them with data in a MySQL database". Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality. Cacti provides a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features out of the box. On the other hand, Sensu is detailed as "Open source monitoring framework". A monitoring framework that aims to be simple, malleable, and scalable. Essentially, Sensu takes the results of “check” scripts run across many systems, and if certain conditions are met; passes their information to one or more “handlers”. Checks are used, for example, to determine if a service like Apache is up or down.

Cacti and Sensu belong to "Monitoring Tools" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Cacti are:

  • Unlimited number of graph items can be defined for each graph optionally utilizing CDEFs or data sources from within cacti.
  • Automatic grouping of GPRINT graph items to AREA, STACK, and LINE[1-3] to allow for quick re-sequencing of graph items.
  • Auto-Padding support to make sure graph legend text lines up.

On the other hand, Sensu provides the following key features:

  • Execute service checks
  • Send notifications
  • Collect metrics

"Free" is the top reason why over 2 developers like Cacti, while over 11 developers mention "Support for almost anything" as the leading cause for choosing Sensu.

Sensu is an open source tool with 2.96K GitHub stars and 389 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Sensu's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Sensu has a broader approval, being mentioned in 33 company stacks & 7 developers stacks; compared to Cacti, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

- No public GitHub repository available -

What is Cacti?

Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality. Cacti provides a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features out of the box.

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.
Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Why do developers choose Cacti?
Why do developers choose Sensu?

Sign up to add, upvote and see more prosMake informed product decisions

    Be the first to leave a con
      Be the first to leave a con
      What companies use Cacti?
      What companies use Sensu?

      Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

      What tools integrate with Cacti?
      What tools integrate with Sensu?

      Sign up to get full access to all the tool integrationsMake informed product decisions

      What are some alternatives to Cacti and Sensu?
      Zabbix
      Zabbix is a mature and effortless enterprise-class open source monitoring solution for network monitoring and application monitoring of millions of metrics.
      Munin
      Munin is a networked resource monitoring tool that can help analyze resource trends and "what just happened to kill our performance?" problems. It is designed to be very plug and play. A default installation provides a lot of graphs with almost no work.
      Cactus
      Cactus makes setting up a website look easy. Choose a template for a blog, portfolio or single page and Cactus generates all files and folders to get you on your way.
      Nagios
      Nagios is a host/service/network monitoring program written in C and released under the GNU General Public License.
      Solarwinds
      Developed by network and systems engineers who know what it takes to manage today's dynamic IT environments, SolarWinds has a deep connection to the IT community.
      See all alternatives
      Decisions about Cacti and Sensu
      No stack decisions found
      Interest over time
      Reviews of Cacti and Sensu
      No reviews found
      How developers use Cacti and Sensu
      Avatar of Roy Olsen
      Roy Olsen uses CactiCacti

      Traditional network traffic monitoring.

      How much does Cacti cost?
      How much does Sensu cost?
      Pricing unavailable
      News about Cacti
      More news