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Sensu @ Yelp: A Guided Tour

Yelp is re-architecting their monitoring infrastructure from a set of statically configured Nagios servers to a dynamic cluster of Sensu servers. This will be a deep technical dive into hows and whys of the design. It will include puppet and ruby code, and some philosophy. Agenda:
6pm: Food + mingle
7pm: Presentation
8pm: Networking / Mingle / Questions
9:30pm: End

Will be food (Pizza and Beer?).

This presentation will be given by Kyle Anderson. Kyle is a guy who to tries to make systems to be proud of. He currently works at Yelp. 

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  • Eliza C.

    We made it happen! The presentation is split into 2 parts. Here are the links:
    PART 1:
    PART 2:

    *Note: The video might not play properly in Chrome.

    3 · April 24, 2014

  • Brian T.

    Kyle rocked my socks.

    April 10, 2014

  • Martin S.

    Thanks Kyle, great talk. BTW Laurie is a dude.

    April 9, 2014

    • Kyle A.

      AH crap! Sorry @lozzd !

      April 9, 2014

  • Scott

    Great talk, perfect level of technical detail! Can't wait for the slides and video to send coworkers who couldn't attend. Thanks!

    April 9, 2014

  • Mary T.

    It was great to meet a few of you last night, and thanks for the great presentation, Kyle! Here's the discount for Velocity that I mentioned: SFDEVOPS20 will get you 20% off any registration package. For more information, go to

    April 9, 2014

  • Buki

    A very technical discussion skillfully presented in a clear and engaging manner.

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • Peter J.

    +1 Yes very good presentation. Thanks Kyle for talking and Yelp for hosting. Well done.

    April 8, 2014

  • Manny P.

    That was a presentation well worth attending. Looking forward to the slides and video. Also, a question I thought after the presentation. I noticed ethernet taps and ipads attached to the taps, I wondered if they had monitoring for temp or "keg remaining", and if so, were they still on the legacy nagios system, or had been migrated to sensu. :)

    4 · April 8, 2014

  • Eliza C.

    Thanks everyone for coming! Stay tuned for the video of tonight's presentation- the link will be up in the next couple of days. In the meantime, submit talks of your own if you've got a story to tell!

    4 · April 8, 2014

  • Eliza C.

    See you all tomorrow!

    April 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Should I not show up if I question why bother when you can use Puppet to automake a dynamic Icinga+pnp4nagios infrastructure, with actively developed off-the-shelf puppet modules from Github? :)

    March 23, 2014

    • Jaime G.

      Another answer that you'll read in other places, Nagios was built for other times and places.
      Sensu concept of "monitoring router" is well worth looking at it if you haven't. It allows to create monitoring pipeline that scale with your infrastructure and unlike others *cough* riemann *cough* its architecture, configuration and customization is...simple!

      April 4, 2014

    • Natalya P.

      I am really interested to hear about Sensu. But by the way, we have no problems with "dynamic" infrastructure and "dynamic" checks with Nagios 3 Core (more than 2000 hosts and more than 10000 checks every 1/5 minutes). Simply load host configuration from CMDB and service configuration from SVN (any version control system) every few hours. It works for 2 or 3 years now. That's "monitoring pipeline".

      April 4, 2014

  • Martin S.

    Would really like to go to this please cancel if you are not going to make it.

    April 4, 2014

    • Nate A.

      I just cancelled because I will have already left for PyCon on sunday. So hopefully you or someone else can take my spot! I'm bummed that I'm going to miss it too, because it looks like a great talk.

      1 · April 4, 2014

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