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Sensu Releases Bonsai

May 1, 2019

Bonsai, the Sensu asset index makes it easy to package and share monitoring solutions. Because Bonsai is tailor-made for dynamic, ephemeral infrastructure, it can be used to distribute Sensu plugins to container environments in real time. Sensu plugins have critical functionality in all aspects of infrastructure monitoring, including service health checks, metrics and compliance. By providing a solution for frictionless sharing and an easily searchable index, Bonsai helps organizations discover and deploy integrations quickly and unlock increased productivity for operators.

Traditionally, operators tasked with improving monitoring for their team invest a significant amount of time developing a solution that solves their team’s biggest monitoring pain points. But, if other teams in the organization have the same problems, there’s no straightforward way to discover that the problem has already been solved or to reuse the solution.

“At Sensu, we believe that the greatest untapped resource in the tech industry is the tribal knowledge of operators, and we want to unlock it,” said Caleb Hailey, CEO and co-founder of Sensu. “As an industry, there’s an embarrassing, often overlooked problem: operators have been reinventing wheels for years because there hasn’t been an open platform for them to collaborate around. With Bonsai and Sensu Go, operators can share their monitoring solutions across their organization as well as with the wider community. And, as part of that community, they can benefit from solutions others have already created.”

Container technology, like Docker and Kubernetes, have fundamentally changed the way businesses build, deploy, and monitor infrastructure. According to Gartner, by 2020, more than 50 percent of companies will use container technology, up from less than 20 percent in 2017. No matter the size of the deployment, businesses still need to know how many resources are available in that environment, as well as knowing the health of the deployed applications and containers. In a dynamic environment, the need for a next-generation, multi-cloud monitoring solution is more critical than ever — modern businesses require a monitoring solution that will keep up with dynamic environments. With Bonsai, business-critical integrations are automatically downloaded when each new container comes online.

“Bonsai makes it easy to package and share solutions around Sensu,” said John Kerry, Software Developer at NCR. “As a 120-year old company, NCR has a truly multi-generational infrastructure, so it’s more important than ever that we have a portable mechanism for deploying monitoring instrumentation in a multi-cloud environment that includes containers, connected devices, public cloud compute, and bare metal. With over 80,000 restaurants from which we collect data, the ability to automatically distribute plugins for our monitoring platform is critical to operational visibility for NCR and maintaining uptime for our customers.”

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