"Features" Posts

Preview our new Charts UI

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

Dashboards have exited beta - see our launch post for the details.

We're rebuilding the charts experience in Scout from the ground-up. Want a preview of where we're heading? Click the "Charts Beta" link in your nav bar.


  • There's no faster way to view your metrics. Start typing to filter metrics in the sidebar, key up/down, hit enter. You'll see that metric across all of your servers.
  • Readable by default: with lots of servers, charts can become a mess. With our new charts, you'll see the range of min/avg/max values across all of your servers. Simply click a chart for details on individual servers.
  • Navigate forward/back in time with the arrow buttons at the top of the page.
  • One metric per-chart - multiple y-axes are confusing.
  • Filter metrics by environment, role, and server name (including regex support).

We'll be iterating quickly on this. Send your feedback to support@scoutapp.com.


Introducing the Revamped Server UI

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

If you are using the latest Scout agent, you'll notice a beautiful new view of your server metrics:


The new server view combines several moving parts to deliver an at-a-glance, auto-refreshing view into your server with minimal effort.

Key Metrics at the top

CPU Usage, Memory Usage, Disk I/O, and Network Activity are the four key metrics for server performance. The new server view puts these at the top of the page, no scrolling required.

We're using d3 for all of the charts. We love the control (and the crisp, pixel-perfect charts). You'll also notice smooth transitions when your page refreshes every minute.

You don't need to install any plugins to collect these metrics, and Scout auto-detects new devices.

Key Metric Details

Click on an any of the overview charts for details.



The new agent automatically collects process metrics. You'll see these processes listed on the page.


Key Processes

Want more details on a process? Make a process a key process. You'll be able to view time series charts of any key process and add triggers on process metrics.


You can toggle between viewing processes and your custom-installed plugins. We're using Isotope to provide a dense display of data - in many cases, the vertical screen hight will be half the height of the old server view.

You'll also see a sparkline bar chart for every metric a plugin reports. This makes it easy to identify trends across all of your server metrics.


Time Selection

You can change the end time and the duration (from 30 minutes to 1 day) on the server view to easily view past data or longer-range trends.


When you gem install scout on your server, you'll automatically be upgraded to the new UI. No data is lost when you upgrade - all existing plugins continue to report.

What's next?

We'll be taking major strides forward on the Scout experience in 2014. Next on our list? Charts and dashboards. Follow us on Twitter for sneak peaks.



By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

With the introduction of server roles, we made it easier to manage large setups. Most Scout customers have multiple servers of each type (example: app1, app2, app3), and roles have been a big hit:

of new accounts use roles

But, we got some feedback

You said you needed flexibility on alerts, even when servers are in the same role. An application server in staging has different alerting needs than an application server in production.

Introducing environments

Now you can assign environments to your servers in Scout, and manage notifications accordingly:

  • create any number of environments (production, development, etc).
  • apply roles across environments. For example, production and staging servers can both be part of your "database" role.
  • customize notification settings by environment
  • filter your account homepage by environment. You'll see only the servers you want to see, with less noise.

Here's an example of a trigger with notification groups customized by environment:

Get Started

First, select Environments from the account menu, and create one or more environments.

Next, specify an environment with the agent's -e parameter on your server. You'll need the Scout agent version of at least 5.7.0 to use environments.

Don't need environments yet? They'll stay out of your way

If you're using Scout in only one environment, the new feature won't add any complexity. You'll only see the new settings after you've added multiple environments via the account menu.

Learn more

Read up on environments in our docs.


Scout Puppet Module and PuppetConf

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

Just in time for PuppetConf 2013, we've added an official Scout Puppet Module to Puppet Forge. Configuration instructions are right there in the Scout UI:

We're also excited to be a sponsor for PuppetConf - if you'll be attending, drop us a note. We'd love to meetup and talk all things Puppet and monitoring!


Introducing Chart Queries

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

Today we're excited to announce the BETA release of Chart Queries, a faster way to view your metrics on charts.

Rather than selecting metrics via checkboxes, just search!

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HipChat Notifications

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

Is email just not fast enough? Do you want instant notification of Scout alerts in your HipChat room? We've added a direct integration to HipChat:

Setup is just what you'd expect - provide your API token (a notification token is fine) and the room name or ID:

Once set up, the HipChat intgration can be added to any of your notification groups. If you need notifications in multiple HipChat rooms, just click "Add HipChat" multiple times (you can reuse the API key for multiple integrations)

About HipChat

If you aren't familiar with HipChat, think group chat built for teams. It's designed for the simplicity of consumer IM, with business-oriented administrative tools.

Keeping Scout Connected

HipChat joins PagerDuty, Zapier, webhooks, email, and SMS as ways to send Scout alerts. Got another way you'd like to hook up your Scout notifications? Let us know!


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