What’s new in Server Density – September 2013

By David Mytton,
CEO & Founder of Server Density.

Published on the 27th September, 2013.

Each month we’ll round up all the feature changes and improvements we made this month to our server and website monitoring product, Server Density.

Improved graphing

We released the new version of our graphs at the beginning of the month and have been steadily improving them. Time series graphs for all metrics are now available in line or stacked format, with filters for specific metrics and dynamic items (e.g. disk mount points or RabbitMQ queues).

You can add multiple graphs to the same page and easily compare values across graphs with the hover sync. Colours are algorithmically chosen from our base app colours to make them easy to contrast and all configuration is stored against each user, so it persists across sessions.

They are powered entirely by JS and built using Rickshaw and Backbone. Find out more about the development here.

Server monitoring graphs

Device monitoring graphs

User management

You can now add and remove users from your account to give them access to your monitoring data and configure them as alert recipients. Admin users have additional permissions to manage certain global account settings.

User management

Metrics and alerts via the API

Our API docs have been updated to release the alerts management and metrics methods. This allows you to create, edit, delete and list all your alert configurations, get open and closed alerts and pull out historical metrics data for all devices and service checks.

SSL testing

When entering an SSL URL for a new service check, you can choose whether or not we’ll also perform SSL certificate validation. If enabled, this will check to see if the certificate is valid and hasn’t expired or been revoked. If it has, the check will be considered down.

Test SSL

v1 migrations

All v1 users can now self migrate their own accounts to v2 by clicking the tab in-app. This will migrate all settings but still let you use v1 alongside v2, so as not to affect production monitoring. Full details are here.

What’s next?

Next month we expect to be releasing our global alerts history UI (it’s available in the API now), custom dashboards and our new custom graph builder which will allow you to build custom graphs to compare metrics from any device or service check.

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