Simplify. Get an order of magnitude speedup.

Have you noticed Scout feels snappier lately? We made some major simplifications that sped things up a lot. Here’s the CPU load on one of our DB servers: ( and yes, we use Scout to monitor itself! ) Even better, the response time for users improved dramatically. Scout’s longest actions ... Read more

In-depth Rails Monitoring using only a production log file

No Rails plugins to install. No performance hit during the request cycle. Nothing to break your application code. Nothing to restart. With just the path to your production Rails log file, Scout's new Rails monitoring plugin alerts you when your Ruby on Rails application is slowing down and provides detailed ... Read more

A weather dashboard

Server Monitoring and weather forecasts have a lot in common – (1) I want to know what’s happening now, (2) what the forecast looks like for the immediate future, and (3) how the long-term is shaping up. I’m really impressed with Matthew Ericson’s Weather Page . It condenses the 3 ... Read more

Using Scout in the cloud?

We’re developing features that make using Scout in a cloud hosting environment super simple ( Amazon ec2 , Rackspace Cloud , GoGrid , etc). We’re looking for BETA testers, so shoot us an email at support@scoutapp.com with your account name if you are interested in giving Scout’s cloud support a ... Read more

EC2 CloudWatch graphs, trends, and alerts

If you're using Amazon EC2, you may be familiar with CloudWatch, Amazon's analytic system that provides metrics on CPU usage, Network I/O, and Disk I/O of your instances. While CloudWatch collects metrics, it doesn't provide a web interface for viewing the metrics, graphs, trending, or alerting. Enter our Scout EC2 ... Read more

RubyKaigi 2009 wrap up

James Gray's July 19th talk at RubyKaigi 2009 focused on best practices for long-running Ruby daemon processes. What types of questions did the audience ask? What did they seem most interested in? In general, users always want to know about our RRD usage, extracting the daemon functionality from Scout's agent, ... Read more

Moving from FiveRuns to Scout

As FiveRuns posted on their blog they have announced End-of-Life for FiveRuns Manage. We have made arrangements with FiveRuns to ease the transition for customers who still need a robust, easy-to-use monitoring solution. For current Fiveruns customers, we are offering 50% off your first paid month here with Scout . ... Read more

Presenting the Scout Agent at Ruby Kaigi - Tokyo, Japan July 19

Scout takes a trek to Ruby’s birthplace – Japan – as James Gray presents How Lazy Americans Monitor Servers at the sold out Ruby Kaigi . James’ July 19th talk focuses on the architecture of the Scout agent , the Ruby gem that is installed on a server you wish ... Read more

Q&A with the Scout Agent - An overview

Our recent update to Scout featured a revised UI, more functionality, and a new Scout Agent. While it’s easy to see the changes in the UI, a lot of the work conducted by the agent happens beneath the surface. The Scout Agent, which is installed on a server you wish ... Read more

Scout Agent Updated - and do your Net::HTTP calls ever hang?

UPDATED 6/30 – The fix for the old scout client (run via cron) is now available in version 2.0.7 (sudo gem install scout). In rare (and difficult to reproduce) cases we’ve seen the Scout Agent not observe a Timeout during a checkin error with the Scout server. Scout uses Ruby’s ... Read more

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