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.

Highlights:

  • 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.

 

Scout is NOT vulnerable to CVE-2014-0160 AKA Heartbleed

By Andre Bullet_white Comments Comments

All of Scout's infrastructure has been checked, and we have confirmed that Scout is not vulnerable to CVE-2014-0160.

 

OpsGenie adds Scout Integration

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Updates Bullet_white Comments Comments

Opsgenie, the IT alerts company, now integrates with Scout. Email, SMS, phone calls, and and mobile push - OpsGenie lets your team receive alerts exactly how and when they want.

OpsGenie has a full integration guide on their website. Here's the gist:

1. In the OpsGenie UI, click to add a service integration with Scout.
You'll see a webhook URL. Copy that to your clipboard.

2. Create a Webhook in the Scout notification area using the URL provided by OpsGenie above.

3. Add the OpsGenie webhook to a notification group.

Boom! You are ready to go with OpsGenie.

 

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:

overview

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.

memory

Processes

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

processes

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.

Plugins

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.

plugins

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.

Upgrading

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.

 

Scout Realtime @ Boulder Ruby Group

By Derek Bullet_white Comments Comments

Interested in the tech behind Scout Realtime, our open-source tool for realtime server metrics?

Boy, are you in luck! I'll be diving into the guts of Scout Realtime @ the Boulder Ruby Group this evening. The fun starts at 6pm with a beginner's track.

 

Scout is Hiring! Come Build the Future of Monitoring as Developer #2

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in HowTo Bullet_white Comments Comments

We take pride in building a server monitoring product our customers love with a lean, flat team. We're looking to add the fourth human to our close-knit group.

So, what's special about being a Ruby dev @ Scout?

First, great people! Second, great tech: come build beautiful realtime monitoring visualizations in d3 and Ruby. There won't be an LDAP integration in sight, we promise. Third, you'll have a tremendous impact as developer #2.

About you

Please be comfortable with Ruby and a framework like Rails or Sinatra. You should have some Javascript chops. Experience with high-throughput, data-heavy apps will give you a leg up.

Beyond the technical chops, the single most important thing is your initiative. Will you dive into a problem unprompted? Point out problems and give suggestions on fixing it? Given a high-level goal, can you break it actionable chunks, ask for help when you need it, and see everything through to completion? We're a flat organization, and we won't micro-manage your work.

Benefits

Competitive salary, health care reimbursement, and unlimited vacation time.

Location

We'll consider great remote candidates, but we'd love for you to join us in Fort Collins, Colorado.

A few things about Fort Collins: best place to live (Money Magazine), ranked 3rd on the Best Bicycle Cities list, one of the Ten Best Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers, and 300 days of sunshine! Our office is located minutes from Old Town, the heart of Fort Collins.

How to apply

Email us at punch.the.clock@scoutapp.com. Resumes are fine, but a more personal email is better.

 

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