High traffic, content-rich sites want to slice their analytics in different ways than, say, an e-commerce site. That's the concept behind Parse.ly Dash, a new product to provide "fresh insights" to these publishers with a price tag starting at $499 per month. Interestingly, the company's three pricing tiers each come with another level of API access. Despite the beautiful graphs provided by Dash, it's clear that sometimes getting at insights programmatically is preferred.
This post will introduce you to the Synthetic Monitoring concept, which can make you feel more confident about your production system because you find errors quicker. It focuses on improving your Mean Time to Recovery (MTTR), and gathering valuable metrics on how your whole system behaves.