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New Relic vs Sensu: What are the differences?

What is New Relic? SaaS Application Performance Management for Ruby, PHP, .Net, Java, Python, and Node.js Apps. New Relic is the all-in-one web application performance tool that lets you see performance from the end user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code.

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.

New Relic can be classified as a tool in the "Performance Monitoring" category, while Sensu is grouped under "Monitoring Tools".

Some of the features offered by New Relic are:

  • Performance Data Retention
  • Real-User Response Time, Throughput, & Breakdown by Layer
  • App Response Time, Throughput, & Breakdown by Component

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

  • Execute service checks
  • Send notifications
  • Collect metrics

"Easy setup" is the top reason why over 411 developers like New Relic, 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.

Airbnb, Spotify, and StackShare are some of the popular companies that use New Relic, whereas Sensu is used by Auto Trader, Opower, and Meltwater. New Relic has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3142 company stacks & 576 developers stacks; compared to Sensu, which is listed in 33 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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What is New Relic?

New Relic is the all-in-one web application performance tool that lets you see performance from the end user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code.

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 New Relic and Sensu?
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    Airbrake
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    Prometheus
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    Decisions about New Relic and Sensu
    Julien DeFrance
    Julien DeFrance
    Full Stack Engineering Manager at ValiMail · | 3 upvotes · 44.3K views
    atStessaStessa
    Datadog
    Datadog
    New Relic
    New Relic
    #APM

    Which #APM / #Infrastructure #Monitoring solution to use?

    The 2 major players in that space are New Relic and Datadog Both are very comparable in terms of pricing, capabilities (Datadog recently introduced APM as well).

    In our use case, keeping the number of tools minimal was a major selection criteria.

    As we were already using #NewRelic, my recommendation was to move to the pro tier so we would benefit from advanced APM features, synthetics, mobile & infrastructure monitoring. And gain 360 degree view of our infrastructure.

    Few things I liked about New Relic: - Mobile App and push notificatin - Ease of setting up new alerts - Being notified via email and push notifications without requiring another alerting 3rd party solution

    I've certainly seen use cases where NewRelic can also be used as an input data source for Datadog. Therefore depending on your use case, it might also be worth evaluating a joint usage of both solutions.

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    Jerome Dalbert
    Jerome Dalbert
    Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 3 upvotes · 30.2K views
    atStackShareStackShare
    Slack
    Slack
    Pingdom
    Pingdom
    Rails
    Rails
    Skylight
    Skylight
    New Relic
    New Relic
    Heroku
    Heroku

    We currently monitor performance with the following tools:

    1. Heroku Metrics: our main app is Hosted on Heroku, so it is the best place to get quick server metrics like memory usage, load averages, or response times.
    2. Good old New Relic for detailed general metrics, including transaction times.
    3. Skylight for more specific Rails Controller#action transaction times. Navigating those timings is much better than with New Relic, as you get a clear full breakdown of everything that happens for a given request.

    Skylight offers better Rails performance insights, so why use New Relic? Because it does frontend monitoring, while Skylight doesn't. Now that we have a separate frontend app though, our frontend engineers are looking into more specialized frontend monitoring solutions.

    Finally, if one of our apps go down, Pingdom alerts us on Slack and texts some of us.

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    Sebastian Gębski
    Sebastian Gębski
    CTO at Shedul/Fresha · | 4 upvotes · 224.1K views
    atFresha EngineeringFresha Engineering
    Logentries
    Logentries
    Sentry
    Sentry
    AppSignal
    AppSignal
    New Relic
    New Relic
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Git
    Git
    Jenkins
    Jenkins
    CircleCI
    CircleCI

    Regarding Continuous Integration - we've started with something very easy to set up - CircleCI , but with time we're adding more & more complex pipelines - we use Jenkins to configure & run those. It's much more effort, but at some point we had to pay for the flexibility we expected. Our source code version control is Git (which probably doesn't require a rationale these days) and we keep repos in GitHub - since the very beginning & we never considered moving out. Our primary monitoring these days is in New Relic (Ruby & SPA apps) and AppSignal (Elixir apps) - we're considering unifying it in New Relic , but this will require some improvements in Elixir app observability. For error reporting we use Sentry (a very popular choice in this class) & we collect our distributed logs using Logentries (to avoid semi-manual handling here).

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    Reviews of New Relic and Sensu
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    How developers use New Relic and Sensu
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    StackShare uses New RelicNew Relic

    Free Heroku add-on. Not particularly useful for us. Rails profilers tend to do a better job at the app level. And I can never really figure out what’s going on with Heroku by looking at New Relic. I don’t know if we’re just not using New Relic correctly or if it really does just suck for our use case. But I guess some insight is better than none.

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    MaxCDN uses New RelicNew Relic

    How do you know what parts of the workflow need improvement? Measure it. With New Relic in place, we have graphs of our API performance and can directly see if a server or zone is causing trouble, and the impact of our changes. There’s no comparison between a real-time performance graph and “Strange, the site seems slow, I should tail the logs”.

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    Kalibrr uses New RelicNew Relic

    We monitor and troubleshoot our app's performance using New Relic, which gives us a great view into each type of request that hits our servers. It also gives us a nice weekly summary of error rates and response times so that we know how well we've done in the past week.

    Avatar of Steve Paulo
    Steve Paulo uses New RelicNew Relic

    I'm trying to wring more instrumentation out of New Relic as it pertains to Rack, but for the time being, New Relic is monitoring/alerting uptime and some basic performance metrics.

    Avatar of Jeff Flynn
    Jeff Flynn uses New RelicNew Relic

    Just like we care about errors, we care about metrics - especially around performance. You'd be crazy not to use it - and not surprisingly, it's a one-click add-on in Heroku.

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