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Sensu vs StatsD: What are the differences?

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.

What is StatsD? Simple daemon for easy stats aggregation. StatsD is a front-end proxy for the Graphite/Carbon metrics server, originally written by Etsy's Erik Kastner. StatsD is a network daemon that runs on the Node.js platform and listens for statistics, like counters and timers, sent over UDP and sends aggregates to one or more pluggable backend services (e.g., Graphite).

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

Some of the features offered by Sensu are:

  • Execute service checks
  • Send notifications
  • Collect metrics

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

  • buckets: Each stat is in its own "bucket". They are not predefined anywhere. Buckets can be named anything that will translate to Graphite (periods make folders, etc)
  • values: Each stat will have a value. How it is interpreted depends on modifiers. In general values should be integer.
  • flush: After the flush interval timeout (defined by config.flushInterval, default 10 seconds), stats are aggregated and sent to an upstream backend service.

"Support for almost anything" is the top reason why over 11 developers like Sensu, while over 6 developers mention "Single responsibility" as the leading cause for choosing StatsD.

Sensu and StatsD are both open source tools. It seems that StatsD with 14.2K GitHub stars and 1.83K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Sensu with 2.96K GitHub stars and 389 GitHub forks.

Lyft, Kickstarter, and Sauce Labs are some of the popular companies that use StatsD, whereas Sensu is used by Twilio SendGrid, Airbrake, and SimpleCrypto. StatsD has a broader approval, being mentioned in 72 company stacks & 16 developers stacks; compared to Sensu, which is listed in 33 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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.

What is StatsD?

StatsD is a front-end proxy for the Graphite/Carbon metrics server, originally written by Etsy's Erik Kastner. StatsD is a network daemon that runs on the Node.js platform and listens for statistics, like counters and timers, sent over UDP and sends aggregates to one or more pluggable backend services (e.g., Graphite).
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    What are some alternatives to Sensu and StatsD?
    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.
    Nagios
    Nagios is a host/service/network monitoring program written in C and released under the GNU General Public License.
    Zabbix
    Zabbix is a mature and effortless enterprise-class open source monitoring solution for network monitoring and application monitoring of millions of metrics.
    Datadog
    Datadog is the leading service for cloud-scale monitoring. It is used by IT, operations, and development teams who build and operate applications that run on dynamic or hybrid cloud infrastructure. Start monitoring in minutes with Datadog!
    Icinga
    It monitors availability and performance, gives you simple access to relevant data and raises alerts to keep you in the loop. It was originally created as a fork of the Nagios system monitoring application.
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    StackShare Editors
    Grafana
    Grafana
    StatsD
    StatsD
    Airflow
    Airflow
    PagerDuty
    PagerDuty
    Datadog
    Datadog
    Celery
    Celery
    AWS EC2
    AWS EC2
    Flask
    Flask

    Data science and engineering teams at Lyft maintain several big data pipelines that serve as the foundation for various types of analysis throughout the business.

    Apache Airflow sits at the center of this big data infrastructure, allowing users to “programmatically author, schedule, and monitor data pipelines.” Airflow is an open source tool, and “Lyft is the very first Airflow adopter in production since the project was open sourced around three years ago.”

    There are several key components of the architecture. A web UI allows users to view the status of their queries, along with an audit trail of any modifications the query. A metadata database stores things like job status and task instance status. A multi-process scheduler handles job requests, and triggers the executor to execute those tasks.

    Airflow supports several executors, though Lyft uses CeleryExecutor to scale task execution in production. Airflow is deployed to three Amazon Auto Scaling Groups, with each associated with a celery queue.

    Audit logs supplied to the web UI are powered by the existing Airflow audit logs as well as Flask signal.

    Datadog, Statsd, Grafana, and PagerDuty are all used to monitor the Airflow system.

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    collectd
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    Google Compute Engine
    StatsD
    StatsD
    Clojure
    Clojure
    Stackdriver
    Stackdriver

    We use collectd because of it's low footprint and great capabilities. We use it to monitor our Google Compute Engine machines. More interestingly we setup collectd as StatsD replacement - all our Clojure services push application-level metrics using our own metrics library and collectd pushes them to Stackdriver

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    Sentry
    StatsD
    StatsD
    Graphite
    Graphite
    Grafana
    Grafana
    PagerDuty
    PagerDuty
    Amazon CloudWatch
    Amazon CloudWatch

    A huge part of our continuous deployment practices is to have granular alerting and monitoring across the platform. To do this, we run Sentry on-premise, inside our VPCs, for our event alerting, and we run an awesome observability and monitoring system consisting of StatsD, Graphite and Grafana. We have dashboards using this system to monitor our core subsystems so that we can know the health of any given subsystem at any moment. This system ties into our PagerDuty rotation, as well as alerts from some of our Amazon CloudWatch alarms (we’re looking to migrate all of these to our internal monitoring system soon).

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    Stream uses StatsDStatsD

    StatsD is used to track the number of messages we're publishing and the type of realtime subscribers. So it shows the number of longpoll connections, the number of websocket connections etc. It also tracks how Redis is performing.

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    Chris Hartwig uses StatsDStatsD

    Business and system counters go through StatsD and are pushed to InfluxDB

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    Tongliang Liu uses StatsDStatsD

    Arm yourself with sensor all over your application

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