Acquia, a company that helps enterprise customers install, manage and maintain Drupal websites announced a series of changes to its Acquia Network service which should interest the monitoring community.
Among the new tools that have been added to Acquia Network is the Insight tool, which provides metrics in real time for site administrators about what’s happening on the site including identifying and troubleshooting web site problems and recommending what to do to fix the problem — tasks which we discuss frequently in this blog.
The Blitz tool is a “self-service load and performance testing platform” so you can test the ability of your site to handle big loads before you deploy. Acquia claims this puppy will scale up to one million users in just a few minutes and lets you test from multiple locations in the world to get a true sense of the traffic handling capabilities of the web site.
In addition to these tools, Acquia announced they would be launching a new App store. I know, another app store, but this one will have tools specifically geared toward maintaining and monitoring your Drupal web site — developed and tested by third parties. Among the beta applications available are the New Relic performance optimization tool and Visual Website Optimizer A/B testing tool.
If you’re not using Drupal, you obviously won’t have any use for these, but lots of high profile sites are using it including the White House external web site, the US House Representatives web site, Fast Company, The Economist and many, many others.
These tools have the power to give these sites insight into problems before they get out of control or users get annoyed, which I’m guessing is pretty is easy to do on one of the government web sites.
If the enterprise arm of an open source project is including these types of tools in their service offerings, you could infer that there is an increasing demand for monitoring tools in general. While these tools are designed specifically for customers using this open source web content management system, it shows the need for monitoring tools, while driving home that monitoring this type of information is growing increasingly commonplace.