How We Integrated Rust Into Threat Stack’s Operations Workflow


Note: The following post is related to Sensu, a monitoring tool for internal infrastructure health and alerting. If you use Sensu (https://sensuapp.org/) for internal monitoring of your own infrastructure health, this could be useful for you. However, this tool does not integrate with Threat Stack services and is not intended or supported for any such use case. It is a tool that we use internally, and we have released this with the intention that it may be helpful to the wider open source community.


Tooling is an integral part of operations at Threat Stack. On the Operations team, our job is to enable both ourselves and the Development team to work more effectively. When I started at Threat Stack almost a year ago, my role primarily centered on improving our tooling to create more granular control over our environment. My first project was creating “shush,” an operations tool for temporarily silencing monitoring checks in Sensu during maintenance. Up to that point, we had had less granularity in our check silencing capabilities for routine maintenance. While we could silence groups of checks and checks coming from a particular node, we were not able to silence single checks or a subset of checks on these hosts. After we discussed the requirements for this tool, I ultimately suggested that it be written in Rust.

In this post I describe our experience integrating Rust and also cover the benefits of using Rust in an operations workflow both technically and from a human factors perspective. Read more “How We Integrated Rust Into Threat Stack’s Operations Workflow”