Free vs Paid

Sensu Go is a commercial software product based on an open source project of the same name (sensu/sensu-go). The OSS version is distributed as MIT-licensed code that can be compiled from source. All official binaries distributed by Sensu, Inc. are commercially licensed and made available for FREE for small teams or individual use (up to 100 nodes).

Here’s a detailed look at the differences between the Sensu Go OSS project and the commercial distribution.

Licensing & Distribution Open Source Commercial Distribution
Licensing & distribution Open Source Commercial Distribution
License MIT Sensu License
Free usage limits Unlimited Up to 100 nodes
Pricing for additional nodes (learn more) Free $3-5/mo per node
Distribution Source code only Signed binaries & packages
Licensing & distribution Open Source Commercial Distribution
License MIT Sensu License
Free usage limits Unlimited Up to 100 nodes
Pricing for additional nodes (learn more) Free $3-5/mo per node
Distribution Source code only Signed binaries & packages
Monitoring features Open Source Commercial Distribution
Server monitoring
Container monitoring
Real-time inventory
Health checks & custom metrics
Alerts & incident management
Automated remediation & custom workflows
200+ community plugins
50+ commercially supported plugins & integrations (ServiceNow, JIRA, ElasticSearch, Splunk, Ansible, Moogsoft, etc.)
Server monitoring
Container monitoring
Real-time inventory
Health checks & custom metrics
Alerts & incident management
Automated remediation & custom workflows
200+ community plugins
50+ commercially supported plugins & integrations (ServiceNow, JIRA, ElasticSearch, Splunk, Ansible, Moogsoft, etc.)
Dashboard features Open Source Commercial Distribution
Real-time incident dashboard
Real-time inventory dashboard
Grafana datasource
Multi-tenant dashboard (single-site)
Multi-site dashboard (federation)
Resource management dashboard (real-time config mgmt.)
Real-time incident dashboard
Real-time inventory dashboard
Grafana datasource
Multi-tenant dashboard (single-site)
Multi-site dashboard (federation)
Resource management dashboard (real-time config mgmt.)
Extensibility features Open Source Commercial Distribution
Custom plugins/scripts language support (e.g. C, C++, Golang, Ruby, Javascript/NodeJS, Rust, C#, Perl, Bash, etc) Any language Any language
Discovery, Inventory, Config Management APIs
Token-based API authentication (JWTs)
Persistent API token authentication (service accounts)
gRPC Extension API (high-performance extensions)
Custom plugins/scripts language support (e.g. C, C++, Golang, Ruby, Javascript/NodeJS, Rust, C#, Perl, Bash, etc) Any language Any language
Discovery, Inventory, Config Management APIs
Token-based API authentication (JWTs)
Persistent API token authentication (service accounts)
gRPC Extension API (high-performance extensions)
Architecture, scalability, and security Open Source Commercial Distibution
Namespaces and RBAC
Built-in configuration management database (embedded etcd)
Built-in transport (TLS-encrypted websockets w/ support for self-signed certificates)
Built-in user management (basic auth)
Agent authentication via username and password (basic auth)
Agent authentication via mTLS (certificate auth)
Secrets management (basic)
Enterprise secrets management integrations (HashiCorp Vault)
Single sign-on (SSO) (LDAP, Active Directory, OIDC)
Support for external PKI and CRL services (for mTLS agent auth)
Dedicated event storage backend (PostgreSQL)
Multi-site federation (Auth provider & RBAC resource replication) (learn more)
Namespaces and RBAC
Built-in configuration management database (embedded etcd)
Built-in transport (TLS-encrypted websockets w/ support for self-signed certificates)
Built-in user management (basic auth)
Agent authentication via username and password (basic auth)
Agent authentication via mTLS (certificate auth)
Secrets management (basic)
Enterprise secrets management integrations (HashiCorp Vault)
Single sign-on (SSO) (LDAP, Active Directory, OIDC)
Support for external PKI and CRL services (for mTLS agent auth)
Dedicated event storage backend (PostgreSQL)
Multi-site federation (Auth provider & RBAC resource replication) (learn more)
Services & support Open Source Commercial Distribution
Bonsai (hosted Sensu Asset Index & CDN)
Community support (Discourse, Slack)
Commercial support with SLA
Training and professional services
Bonsai (hosted Sensu Asset Index & CDN)
Community support (Discourse, Slack)
Commercial support with SLA
Training and professional services

Supercharge your Ops & SRE teams for less than 1¢ per node per hour.

As highlighted above, the Sensu Go commercial distribution provides significant added-value beyond the core functionality of the open source project. We’re proud to offer all of these great features for FREE for your first 100-nodes. When it comes to larger scale deployments where the scalability, integration, and security of your observability solution are mission-critical, Sensu Go offers an incredible value for less than 1¢ per node per hour.

Want to learn more about our pricing? Or do you still have questions about the differences between the commercial product and open source project?