Highgroove's Scout is live! Scout is our server monitoring and reporting application. If you didn't have the opportunity to test-drive it during the beta period, you can now sign up for any of the plans. Why? Three reasons, based on my own Scout usage over the last few months:
Scout makes you look smart: if something goes wrong with a client's app, I generally know about it before they call me. So I get to be very proactive. In one case I was able to fix a crashed server before the client even realized anything was wrong.
Scout helps you build better apps: I had some memory-sucking CSV handling in one of my applications ... but it only happened under certain circumstances in production. With Scout, I was able to correlate the mongrel memory spikes with user activity and zero in on the problem. The result: mongrel instances that don't spike to 200MB, and a better experience for users.
Scout helps you sleep better: uncertainty is a stressor, and the more apps you have out there the more things you have to be uncertain about. Just knowing that I'll get an email notification if something goes astray helps my peace of mind a lot. Which means my mind is clear to ... design and build more apps!