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Grafana vs Sensu: What are the differences?

What is Grafana? Open source Graphite & InfluxDB Dashboard and Graph Editor. Grafana is a general purpose dashboard and graph composer. It's focused on providing rich ways to visualize time series metrics, mainly though graphs but supports other ways to visualize data through a pluggable panel architecture. It currently has rich support for for Graphite, InfluxDB and OpenTSDB. But supports other data sources via plugins.

What is Sensu? 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.

Grafana and Sensu can be primarily classified as "Monitoring" tools.

Some of the features offered by Grafana are:

  • Create, edit, save & search dashboards
  • Change column spans and row heights
  • Drag and drop panels to rearrange

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

  • Execute service checks
  • Send notifications
  • Collect metrics

"Beautiful" is the top reason why over 65 developers like Grafana, while over 11 developers mention "Support for almost anything" as the leading cause for choosing Sensu.

Grafana and Sensu are both open source tools. Grafana with 29.7K GitHub stars and 5.63K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Sensu with 2.96K GitHub stars and 389 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Grafana has a broader approval, being mentioned in 577 company stacks & 325 developers stacks; compared to Sensu, which is listed in 33 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

What is Grafana?

Grafana is a general purpose dashboard and graph composer. It's focused on providing rich ways to visualize time series metrics, mainly though graphs but supports other ways to visualize data through a pluggable panel architecture. It currently has rich support for for Graphite, InfluxDB and OpenTSDB. But supports other data sources via plugins.

What is Sensu?

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.

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      What are some alternatives to Grafana and Sensu?
      Kibana
      Kibana is an open source (Apache Licensed), browser based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch. Kibana is a snap to setup and start using. Kibana strives to be easy to get started with, while also being flexible and powerful, just like Elasticsearch.
      Prometheus
      Prometheus is a systems and service monitoring system. It collects metrics from configured targets at given intervals, evaluates rule expressions, displays the results, and can trigger alerts if some condition is observed to be true.
      Graphite
      Graphite does two things: 1) Store numeric time-series data and 2) Render graphs of this data on demand
      Splunk
      Splunk Inc. provides the leading platform for Operational Intelligence. Customers use Splunk to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine data.
      NetData
      Netdata is distributed, real-time, performance and health monitoring for systems and applications. It is a highly optimized monitoring agent you install on all your systems and containers.
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      analyze heap dump and many logging or traces

      How developers use Grafana and Sensu
      Avatar of ShadowICT
      ShadowICT uses GrafanaGrafana

      We use Grafana to view live stats relating to our servers such as memory and CPU usage. We also use Grafana to monitor our gaming servers for data such as latency and player counts. This allows us to generate effective analytics and see when problems arise.

      Avatar of Andrew Gatenby
      Andrew Gatenby uses GrafanaGrafana

      Everyone likes graphs, right?! This isn't a tool we actively use right now, but paired with Prometheus we want to use it to have visual monitors on things like API cluster health, status, queue stats, DB/redis query and cache stats etc.

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      Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses GrafanaGrafana

      Grafana is used in combination with Prometheus to display the gathered stats and to monitor our physical servers aswell as their virtual applications. We also use Grafana to get notifications about irregularities.

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      sapslaj uses GrafanaGrafana

      Grafana takes the data from InfluxDB and presents it in a nice flexible format. Bonus points for built-in alerts and playlists (cycles through different dashboards automatically)

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      Bùi Thanh uses GrafanaGrafana
      • Graph report with many panels and Dashboard.
      • Easy to deploy, and view performance of system.
      • Intergrating with many datasource: Prometheus, CloudWatch
      • Alerts
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