(EN) Monitoring Event Pipelines: Why you need one, and why you should stop rolling your own

The rules have changed. The shift from static to dynamic infrastructure requires a change in approach to monitoring, from host-based to functional role-based. Connectivity moves from remote polling to publish-subscribe and push APIs. The control plane moves from point-and-click interfaces to infrastructure-as-code workflows and self-service, developer-friendly APIs.

Now — more than ever before — organizations are faced with a deluge of data in various formats. As operators and as natural system integrators, our response to these challenges is likely to roll our own solution, construct a scalable data collection and processing pipeline and combine a number of best-of-breed tools. This is an idea and journey that I am all too familiar with. In 2010, as an operator, working for an early Cloud adopter, I was faced with these challenges, and fought for better visibility. I hacked for the greater good. In this talk, I will give an overview of what I consider to be attributes of an effective monitoring pipeline. I will recount my experience in creating Sensu, the open source monitoring pipeline, and the pitfalls the project has encountered. I will then live demo Sensu monitoring pipelines in action and make my case for not rolling your own solution from scratch.


Nov 06 2019


12:00 - 13:00




  • Sean Porter
    Sean Porter
    Sensu Inc.

    Sean Porter is the creator of Sensu, the open source monitoring tool, and the co-founder and CTO of Sensu Inc. Sean is a seasoned systems operator and software developer with over a decade of experience in automating infrastructure. As CTO of Sensu Inc, he oversees the development of Sensu, and works with users to better understand how Sensu can help them solve complex monitoring problems.

    Sean lives in Kamloops, a city in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. He enjoys whiskey and has a camera obsession.

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