Cloud hosting provider Linode launched Longview on Thursday, its new Linux server statistics collection and graphing service for performance analysis across servers and data centers.
From within a single dashboard, Longview provides customers with interactive graphs, historical data, and metrics and analysis in order to improve server performance and scale resources. Admins can go back in time by months or years to make better planning decisions for high traffic events.
“Linode is constantly innovating and enhancing our technology to match the needs of our customers and the developer community with whom we work so closely,” Linode founder and CEO Christopher Aker said in a statement. “With Longview, we are expanding the insights that systems administrators have at the systems level for data centers and individual servers, giving them the statistics they need to make informed decisions and plan accordingly for future events with an easy-to-use, beautiful dashboard.”
Longview comes in two versions: the basic version is free and includes 5-minute data resolution and 30 minutes of data retention. The enhanced version, Longview Pro, comes at an extra cost, but includes every-minute resolution and unlimited data retention. It is available in several packages, including up to 3 servers for $20 per month, while its biggest package offers up to 100 servers for $200 per month.
The Longview agent is open source and can be installed on any supported Linux system, according to the Linode blog. Supported distributions include Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS and Fedora.
The launch of Longview after a 5-month beta period comes as Linode has released results of its 2013 Outages and Anxiety Awareness Index. The survey, conducted in August by Harris Interactive, fielded responses from more than 2,000 Americans aged 18 and older.
The survey found that two-thirds of Americans are concerned about whether or not computers servers work. The respondents report to be most concerned at times when they are about to buy something time-sensitive or when there’s a massive outage on social media or email.
“The results of the survey indicate an increasing awareness among the American public that server stability can have a major impact on their lives, and that they may no longer have an expectation that websites and apps will function 100 percent of the time,” Aker said. “As an established leader in cloud hosting and active participant in the developer and system administrator communities, Linode knows just what information any size company needs in order to improve server performance, reduce risk and easily scale to adjust for potentially problematic events or flash-fire growth.”