Last week DevSmash went down for what I believe was the first time since I launched it back in September. The first thing I did was check out the Nodejitsu status page, which indicated that all their services were up and running. Since I was already hanging out in the #nodejitsu channel on Freenode, I mentioned my issue and was informed that MongoHQ (which Nodejitsu provides to customers for free) had experienced some hardware failure. Fortunately, the fine folks over at MongoHQ had things fully recovered within about 20 minutes, which represented the sum total of our downtime here.
So, why the story time? Well, given that DevSmash does rely on a few external services, I thought it would be nice to have a single place to look the next time something goes down. I had also been wanting to give TJ Holowaychuk's Commander a spin, so I took the opportunity to build a "cloud status" command line utility. In case it's useful to someone else, here's a quick overview of how it works: