Giving your web host access to your Scout account

A couple of times already, we’ve seen users give their web host access to their Scout account. It’s a big help when debugging problems – especially things that a basic monitoring tool might not pick up (like slow web requests ). Click the ‘People’ link in the header: Select the ... Read more

How we handle background jobs

We run background jobs on our Scout servers. Lots of them. As we’ve grown, they’ve used dramatically more resources. We needed a way to simmer them down. Most of these jobs load the entire Rails environment – that’s a hefty overhead. We’ve modified how we run background jobs and we’re ... Read more

Recording Historical Data in Scout

By default, when you create a report in Scout , we assume that the data corresponds to the time the report was submitted. Sometimes this isn’t the case – for example, you can retrieve the number of subscribers to your RSS feeds in Feedburner , but not from the current ... Read more

Taking the guesswork out of scaling

Determining a web application’s hardware resources isn’t easy (or cheap). Frankly, it’s often just guesswork. Even when you build benchmarking scripts, they can miss key behaviors and ignore important metrics. Scaling becomes a lot less stressful when you can quickly compare a history of your application data with server performance. ... Read more

Track Active Logins & more

Ever wanted to track how many people are logged into your server? Mark Hasse built an Active Logins plugin that does just that, returning the total number of people logged in via console, ssh, telnet, etc. Mark has built several other plugins as well: Monitor /proc/mdstat Monitor time drift from ... Read more

Monitoring Your Rails Sessions With Scout

An oft-forgotten maintenance issue on Ruby on Rails applications is forgetting to expire old sessions. Lots of sessions in your database can dramatically slow performance. You can use a cron job to expire old sessions, but it’s not always foolproof. We’ve seen timeouts when attempting to delete lots of session ... Read more

Scout Opens to Public

The floor is waxed, the windows are washed, and the paint is fresh. Scout, our server monitoring and reporting application , is at your service. As a web developer, there are few things I value more than a solid block of focused development time. Because Scout has largely removed the ... Read more

Hands on with Scout at Atlanta Ruby User Group

Last night, I demoed Scout to a room-full of Rubyists at the Atlanta Ruby User Group Meeting. I would love to share all the wonderful feedback, but instead, I’ll share some of the excellent questions (and more elaborate answers) that were asked of Scout: What are the security pitfalls, i.e. ... Read more

Graphing Rails Performance With Scout

We’re using Scout, our monitoring and reporting application , to graph the performance of our Rails applications and servers. I’ve uploaded a video that looks at how one of our applications, PlaceShout , impacts the server load and Mongrel memory usage. I also compare PlaceShout’s footprint to another server. Watch ... Read more

How popular are you? Find out with Scout

Tracking the results of your blatant self-promotion campaign can be a time-consuming effort. You might be using Google Analytics for web traffic and FeedBurner for blog subscribers. You’re probably checking link referrals. You’re querying the database for usage statistics (user signups, logins, etc.), etc. Scout is an honest friend that ... Read more

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