Another round of updates for the new dashboard+charts UI

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

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

Thanks for your feedback on the first preview of our new charts UI. You spoke, we listened, we coded:

  • Resize + drag-and-drop your charts. Total control over how you view your key metrics.
  • Chart-specific settings to toggle either a range display or breakout display of your metrics. View min/avg/max of every metric.
  • A number of subtle UI enhancements for applied chart filters.

The UI formally known as Charts Beta is now Dashboards Beta

In our initial release of the UI, we referred to it as "Charts BETA". However, rather than just replacing charts, the new UI encompasses both charts+dashboard functionality. Going forward, we'll be referring to this as "Dashboards BETA".

URL change for Dashboards

We've changed the URLs for old-style dashboards in Scout. If you have a dashboard loaded on an external display, the URL now looks like this:

https://scoutapp.com/YOURACCOUNT/old_dashboards/ID

That's an "old"_ prefix before dashboards.

Your existing charts and dashboards will continue to function.

Will legacy charts and dashboards be supported?

We'll support existing charts + dashboards for the time being, but we do plan on deprecating the legacy functionality sometime in the future. Rest assured we'll communicate this timeline as it develops.

We've been using the new UI internally for a while and we can't imagine going back. We think this will be a transition you'll be excited about.

Feedback / Letters to the Editor / etc.

As always, your feedback drives Scout. Send your feedback to support@scoutapp.com.

 

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.

 

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