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What is Logstash?

Logstash is a tool for managing events and logs. You can use it to collect logs, parse them, and store them for later use (like, for searching). If you store them in Elasticsearch, you can view and analyze them with Kibana.

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.

What is StackStorm?

StackStorm is a platform for integration and automation across services and tools. It ties together your existing infrastructure and application environment so you can more easily automate that environment -- with a particular focus on taking actions in response to events.
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    What are some alternatives to Logstash, Scout, and StackStorm?
    Fluentd collects events from various data sources and writes them to files, RDBMS, NoSQL, IaaS, SaaS, Hadoop and so on. Fluentd helps you unify your logging infrastructure.
    Splunk Inc. provides the leading platform for Operational Intelligence. Customers use Splunk to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine data.
    Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design.
    Beats is the platform for single-purpose data shippers. They send data from hundreds or thousands of machines and systems to Logstash or Elasticsearch.
    Centralize and aggregate all your log files for 100% visibility. Use our powerful query language to search through terabytes of log data to discover and analyze important information.
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    Reviews of Logstash, Scout, and StackStorm
    Avatar of coryvirok
    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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    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.

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    DevOps Engineer at StackStorm
    Review ofStackStormStackStorm

    StackStorm wires together all tools like Chef, Trello, Puppet, Slack, Jira, NewRelic, GitHub, AWS, Ansible, Nagios, Docker, Logstash and all those other 100500 services into single Operations Center.

    You can tie anything with anything. This approach improves existing configuration management and monitoring solutions to deliver automation in completely new, more efficient way.

    So if you want to create something like smart self-healing infrastructure or maybe just rule your 100 servers from slack chat - StackStorm can help with that. And it's completely OpenSource!

    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 Logstash, Scout, and StackStorm
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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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    Blue Kangaroo uses LogstashLogstash

    Data ingestion, manipulation and re-pushing to other services.

    Avatar of Tongliang Liu
    Tongliang Liu uses LogstashLogstash

    Log aggregation from tons of production servers.

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    douglasresende uses LogstashLogstash

    I use to manager logs of any applications.

    Avatar of Tom Staijen
    Tom Staijen uses LogstashLogstash

    Move logs from RabbitMQ to ElasticSearch.

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    JosephYeo uses LogstashLogstash
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