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AppSignal vs Scout: What are the differences?

Developers describe AppSignal as "Monitoring for Ruby and Elixir. By developers, for developers". AppSignal gives you and your team alerts and detailed metrics about your Ruby or Elixir application Sensible pricing, no aggressive sales & support by developers.. On the other hand, Scout is detailed as "Application Monitoring that Developers Love". Scout is application monitoring that points developers right to the source of problems: N+1 database queries, memory bloat, performance trends, and more Scout eliminates much of the investigation part when performance woes occur. .

AppSignal and Scout can be categorized as "Performance Monitoring" tools.

Some of the features offered by AppSignal are:

  • Track errors
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Compare deploys. Monitor background jobs.

On the other hand, Scout provides the following key features:

  • Monitors Ruby & Elixir apps with more languages to come
  • Easy install
  • Detailed transaction traces

"Easy setup" is the top reason why over 5 developers like AppSignal, while over 9 developers mention "Easy setup" as the leading cause for choosing Scout.

According to the StackShare community, Scout has a broader approval, being mentioned in 29 company stacks & 7 developers stacks; compared to AppSignal, which is listed in 24 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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What is AppSignal?

AppSignal gives you and your team alerts and detailed metrics about your Ruby or Elixir application. Sensible pricing, no aggressive sales & support by developers.

What is Scout?

Scout is application monitoring that points developers right to the source of problems: N+1 database queries, memory bloat, performance trends, and more. Scout eliminates much of the investigation part when performance woes occur.
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      Decisions about AppSignal and Scout
      Sebastian Gębski
      Sebastian Gębski
      CTO at Shedul/Fresha · | 4 upvotes · 259.4K views
      atFresha EngineeringFresha Engineering
      CircleCI
      CircleCI
      Jenkins
      Jenkins
      Git
      Git
      GitHub
      GitHub
      New Relic
      New Relic
      AppSignal
      AppSignal
      Sentry
      Sentry
      Logentries
      Logentries

      Regarding Continuous Integration - we've started with something very easy to set up - CircleCI , but with time we're adding more & more complex pipelines - we use Jenkins to configure & run those. It's much more effort, but at some point we had to pay for the flexibility we expected. Our source code version control is Git (which probably doesn't require a rationale these days) and we keep repos in GitHub - since the very beginning & we never considered moving out. Our primary monitoring these days is in New Relic (Ruby & SPA apps) and AppSignal (Elixir apps) - we're considering unifying it in New Relic , but this will require some improvements in Elixir app observability. For error reporting we use Sentry (a very popular choice in this class) & we collect our distributed logs using Logentries (to avoid semi-manual handling here).

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      Co-Founder, CTO at Rollbar
      Review ofScoutScout

      We love Scout at Rollbar. Here's how we use it.

      Zero configuration monitoring for new hosts

      We have added Scout to our Ansible configuration for new host setup. So, when we provision a new machine, we get basic monitoring without any extra configuration. Once the host is up and running, we add it to the appropriate role in Scout and all of our monitoring plugins are magically deployed and enabled on the new host.

      Monitoring HTTP response codes

      One of the best things about Scout is how beautiful and therefore usable their graphs are. We have a Scout dashboard which shows all of our response codes which allows us to quickly see connections between different hosts when problems occur.

      Custom plugins!

      Scout's plugin model makes it really easy to extend. We have implemented our own log monitoring plugin which reports metrics like the 90th percentile of slow queries on our site. These types of plugins allow us to see issues at a glance during deploys, maintenance and load spikes.

      Slowly taking over Nagios

      Nagios is amazing, but let's be real... Anyone who has used it knows how painful it is to set up, administer and extend. We are in the process of cutting over from Nagios to Scout to handle more of our infrastructure monitoring and soon, alerting.

      Review ofScoutScout

      I'm a freelance developer with a handful of servers that needed insightful monitoring and alerts. I searched high and low across both hosted and self hosted solutions... paid and open source. While many are quite capable the self-hosted solutions were clunky and overkill. The few self-hosted for pay solutions costs structure were completely outside of a freelances budget. ScoutApp is the first that had the easy to use setup, amazing plugins for specific app monitoring and the price was actually affordable. Setup couldn't be easier. Plugins are handled amazingly with a single click that initiates the agent to install remotely. The interface is minimal and easy to read. Triggers are so well done and easy to setup with clear human language detailing the alert criteria. Real-time graphing is just icing on the cake.

      ScoutApp is great for not just small but enterprise level infrastructures as well. Added features such as roles, multi-user accounts, environments and even an API make growing with it a no brainer.

      Very well done and highly recommended.

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      Doorbell.io
      Review ofScoutScout

      I used to have NewRelic on https://doorbell.io for my monitoring. It worked pretty well for the basic things, and the basic plan is free.

      However, as https://doorbell.io's stack got increasingly complicated, the plugins of NewRelic didn't work as well as I needed, in order to reliably monitor all aspects of the platform.

      I decided to try out Scout as an alternative, since even though it doesn't have a free plan, the basic plan is only $8/month (compared to $149 for NewRelic).

      I found the interface to be really good, and they have great documentation. I found plugins for every single part of my stack, and they all worked very easily "out of the box". And best of all, added practically no overhead to the server!

      So overall, I'd say it's a service that's well worth paying for. It's a steal at $8/month!

      Review ofScoutScout

      We migrated our infrastructure monitoring to Scout about six months ago when our previous monitoring solution became unreliable and cumbersome to maintain. We were pleasantly surprised at the ease of implementation and the library of plugins already available.

      The fine grain polling frequency and long term metric logging helped us maintain the high level of uptime our application requires. Moreover, due to the nature of the Scout protocol, changes to our specific application monitoring can be configured at a high level in their interface with a few clicks.

      For the few times we have been in communication with their support team to help sort our questions or clarify details, we have been thoroughly impressed at their response time and personalized attention to our needs.

      We highly recommend using Scout.

      Review ofScoutScout

      We are a very small non profit with a very simple server setup. Our two developers do not have any special training as sys admins. But it was very easy to get setup with Scout and start some simple monitoring of our servers. Most of what we do is check that some key processes are running and that our URLs are up. It was easy to do all of that with Scout. That said: we're interested in learning more about Scout's capabilities and doing more sophisticated server monitoring down the line.

      How developers use AppSignal and Scout
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      The Lens uses ScoutScout

      We are a very small non profit with a very simple server setup. Our two developers do not have any special training as sys admins. That said, it was very simple to get setup with Scout and start some simple monitoring of our servers. Most of what we do is check that some key processes are running and that our URLs are up. But we're interested in learning more aboutS Scout's capabilities/ doing more sophisticated server monitoring down the line.

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