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Likelihood to Recommend

New Relic

I appreciate that New Relic is easily integrated into applications for APM and infrastructure for monitoring.Our applications are Ruby on Rails apps and getting them reporting into New Relic is easy to implement. In most cases, it just requires adding the "newrelic" gem and updating the "newrelic.yml" configuration file. Just this simple addition to a project gives us an entrypoint to analyzing performance.We use the New Relic Infrastructure agent by default on all of our cloud based servers. We have this set up with Chef so we don't even think about it; we just spin servers up and go. Minutes later they're reporting into New Relic. We use Terraform to automatically create monitors so we can keep track of the essentials like core processes, disk, CPU, and memory.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

Sooner or later, companies are going to figure out that there's more to monitoring than what Nagios can provide. For those that want to dip their toe in the water and still provide backward compatibility with a legacy Nagios environment, Sensu is a good choice.It's mainly for businesses that want more than Nagios but don't want to take the full plunge with something radically different and metric-based such as Prometheus.Having moved to metric-based monitoring so far as I'm able, I can say with confidence that it's far better than what Nagios or Sensu provide.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

New Relic
7.7
Sensu
3.2
Application monitoring
New Relic
9.2
Sensu
3.0
Database monitoring
New Relic
8.1
Sensu
3.0
Threshold alerts
New Relic
8.6
Sensu
6.0
Predictive capabilities
New Relic
6.4
Sensu
Application performance management console
New Relic
8.1
Sensu
1.0
Collaboration tools
New Relic
6.5
Sensu
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
New Relic
7.5
Sensu
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
New Relic
7.4
Sensu
Virtualization monitoring
New Relic
7.7
Sensu
3.0
Server availability and performance monitoring
New Relic
8.5
Sensu
3.0
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
New Relic
7.9
Sensu
IT Asset Discovery
New Relic
6.3
Sensu

Pros

New Relic

  • New Relic lets you drill down into the nitty-gritty of your application, breaking down requests however far you want in order to inspect the performance of your application throughout the request lifecycle.
  • New Relic offers many integrations with other services and technologies, making it easy to get it set up and start using it.
  • New Relic offers many views and types of visualizations to help you understand what's going on in as much detail as you want to know.
Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

  • Unique concept as a "monitoring router" that can tie services together.
  • Backward-compatible with Nagios environments.
  • More of a DevOps focus than Nagios.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

New Relic

  • Cloud-centric / OS-centric. There is no/limited ability to query metrics with an agent installed.
  • Insights-based queries (dashboards and alerts) are limited to 1000 (soon to be 2000) records and that doesn't work for enterprise scale.
  • NRQL is awesome -- except when it isn't. The replacement QL is more robust but is significantly more complex to learn.
  • No agent management tools in the platform. And, yes, you will want agent management tools after the first dozen or so deployments.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

  • Terrible documentation that assumes you're already an expert in everything that Sensu can do.
  • Significantly more work than Nagios to get basic checks on and configured.
  • Web interface is primitive and not even on the same level as Nagios XI.
  • Large price hikes after Sensu Go was released.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

New Relic

New Relic 8.0
Based on 9 answers
I have not yet found any similar product that offers me this range of features to help us keep our online service fast and reliable. Besides this, New Relic is constantly evolving by adding new plugins to emerging technologies and platforms. Server performance measuring features are a key point as our user database grows.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

New Relic

New Relic 9.0
Based on 3 answers
New Relic interface can be tricky to setup sometimes, especially on dashboards, but the overall usability is great. We also find particularly interesting the chart creation tools. There are no major issues that prevented us using any of their services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

New Relic

New Relic 10.0
Based on 1 answer
we have never had any down time issues!!!
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

New Relic

New Relic 8.0
Based on 1 answer
there are times where browser cache will cause issues that require you to clear your browser before continuing.
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

New Relic

New Relic 8.0
Based on 3 answers
There are times I feel that the initial support is lacking. And in some cases the automated responses of not hearing anything are annoying if the reason why there has been no movement is because we are still waiting to hear back from NR support. So, i think they should loose the automation as it can seem disingenuous
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

Sensu 3.0
Based on 1 answer
Sensu's customer support was always willing to work with us but never really seemed to learn much from our experiences. I think they get a lot of customers with DevOps IT teams that are willing to put in a lot of elbow grease to get the most of Sensu's architecture.However, despite explaining my continued disappointment with their documentation and the overall flow of the product, I never got much more than a "sorry" and a notice that their documentation was open source if I wanted to contribute to it.The problem, of course, is that you can't document what you don't understand. I'm a former technical writer, so I know that better than most.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

New Relic

New Relic 8.5
Based on 4 answers
The documentation was clear and concise; the only issue we ran into was custom application naming. Due to HTTPD mod_fcgid and the need for the application name to be set in php.ini (not in .htaccess or the virtual host directive) ... we had issues setting this up.
Travis Crowder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

New Relic

We had originally looked into CloudWatch to monitor our resources since we have our stack built in AWS, but found that it would take additional work to setup the dashboards, alerts, and details that we wanted to see in our reports. It was worth the additional investment for us to get the data we needed with less work.
Sean Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

We initially compared Sensu to Nagios XI. Nagios has languished for years and clearly wouldn't scale well without a lot of effort, while Sensu's architecture was clearly designed to be better at scaling horizontally.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

New Relic

New Relic 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It's easy to scale. However, it isn't as easy to keep track of costs and who own's what/
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

New Relic

  • New Relic helps us detect defects before our customers do.
  • New Relic helps us prioritize performance improvements. Engineers don't need to spend time measuring the latency of transactions themselves.
  • New Relic helps us notify the appropriate people rapidly when there are problems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sensu

  • Standing up the Sensu Go server took very little effort.
  • Setting up and maintaining the build processes and deployment logic for Sensu assets and checks was somewhat exhausting and resulted in lower adoption among non-DevOps IT.
  • The limited web interface resulted in lower adoption among non-DevOps IT.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

New Relic

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Sensu

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

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