Announcing Uptime and Performance Metrics for Rails

Uptime and performance monitoring for ruby and rails applications

Honeybadger now includes server monitoring!

The more you understand the context of your errors, the faster you can fix them. That’s why we’ve added server monitoring to all accounts Medium and above. Use it on all your projects. No strings attached. No per-server fees.

Why are we doing this?

You have a lot of options for monitoring these days. A lot of them are more “powerful” than anything we’ll probably ever offer. But the truth is, when you’re fixing a bug, or checking the health of your app, you only need a few key metrics.

Uptime

Exceptions are cool and all, but it's really handy to know when your site is ACTUALLY DOWN. That's why we now offer external uptime monitoring. We'll ping a URL you provide every few minutes and make sure it's still up. If not, we'll alert you.

Requests Per Minute

See how busy your app is with requests per second. They’re broken down by request type and server. So you can see at a glance if you have a spike in a certain type of request such as forbidden. And you can see which host has the problem.

Response Time

Check app performance with time per request. This is broken down by type of request as well. So you can see if create requests are suddenly taking 10x longer, while GET requests have no change.

Ram / Load

System load and memory usage snapshots taken at the time of each error. This information can make the difference between fixing a bug in a few minutes instead of a few hours. We put this info right on the error page so you don’t have to go back and dig it out of other systems.

Slow Controllers

See which controllers & actions are slowest over a time period. Sometimes things are broken but they don’t thrown exceptions. They just slow down. Here we give you a simple way to see which actions may be problematic and fix problems before they get out of hand.

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Benjamin Curtis

Ben has been developing web apps and building startups since '99, and fell in love with Ruby and Rails in 2005. Before co-founding Honeybadger, he launched a couple of his own startups: Catch the Best, to help companies manage the hiring process, and RailsKits, to help Rails developers get a jump start on their projects. Ben's role at Honeybadger ranges from bare-metal to front-end... he keeps the server lights blinking happily, builds a lot of the back-end Rails code, and dips his toes into the front-end code from time to time. When he's not working, Ben likes to hang out with his wife and kids, ride his road bike, and of course hack on open source projects. :)

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