Devops dashboard example
Developing a website or app comes with a multitude of administrational tasks that require regular monitoring. A DevOps dashboard (Developer Operations dashboard) is a great way of tracking them.
DevOps dashboards help keep sysadmins and developers abreast of their software applications' mission critical key performance metrics like uptime, load time, api calls, cpu process threads, memory usage and the multitude of other components that help deliver a stable end user experience.
When building and maintaining software there are inevitably times when things break. A DevOps dashboard that monitors your core processes - even just a simple one - can mean the difference between spotting a bug before your users do, and finding a mountain of support tickets from angry customers.
Unique dashboards for unique software
Your software, website or system will be unique to your own circumstances, and so your dashboard should reflect the reality of your own setup.
Looking at this example, along the top row from left to right are some basic metrics pulled from New Relic, which has already been set up to collect a large amount of data for this (fictional) app. CPU usage for individual internal APIs lets the Ops team quickly diagnose performance bottlenecks as they begin to reveal themselves.
To the right, a chart from New Relic has been embedded directly using a ‘New Relic Highcharts' widget. This widget makes it possible to embed almost any chart from New Relic directly into Geckoboard, to sit alongside KPIs from other services such as Pingdom or Mixpanel.
Along the bottom row, simple number widgets show memory usage within different parts of the app. To the right, a simple ‘Current status’ widget powered by the Pingdom integration gets to the point - is the App’s website up or down?
By bringing these core performance KPIs out from the software being used to track them, and giving them visibility on the wall, the team can see at a glance that things are running smoothly and react instantly when they’re not.
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