What’s new in Server Density – Jan 2015

By David Mytton,
CEO & Founder of Server Density.

Published on the 27th January, 2015.

This is our regular monthly post to keep you up to date with the latest releases to our server monitoring product, Server Density.

Latest value widget

A new widget is available on the dashboard which will show you the latest, current value for any metric. It will also display the average value over the time period the dashboard is configured for e.g. the 24 hour average or 1 hour average, with a sparkline graph in the background.

Latest value widget

New official plugins for entropy, inodes, ProFTP, Zombies and Zookeeper

We’re in the process of retiring our old plugin directory and rewriting many old community plugins into officially supported and updated versions. These are available on Github and we’re accepting pull requests for improvements and changes, as well as brand new plugins.

The goal is to make it easier to install by just dropping the file into your agent plugin directory and ensure these plugins are kept up to date and fully supported by us.

New API documentation + Dashboard API

We’ve updated and expanded our API documentation with a new template and example calls for Python, Ruby and Curl.

In addition, there’s now an API endpoint for managing dashboards and the widgets on them. This allows you to programmatically create new dashboards and new widgets, perhaps as part of your provisioning process for new environments.

Server Density v1 shutdown in March

Last month we announced the shutdown date of 24th March for Server Density v1. Users still on v1 are being sent regular reminders to migrate, which only takes a few minutes and does not cost anything extra.

What’s coming next?

Over the last few months we have been working on moving our alerts processing backend from Celery + MongoDB to Storm + Kafka, which sets the foundations for a range of new alerting functionality we’ll be releasing from March. Tagging is a key part of this functionality, which was released in December. Before then, we’ll be releasing more plugins and full process lists within the UI.

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