uberAgent for Splunk: User Experience

Who said that end users get all the pretty UIs? Administrators are as happy as anyone to replace ugly consoles with good-looking HTML5 that runs on a smartphone just as well as on a PC.

There is more to a great user experience than good looks, of course. As a monitoring tool, uberAgent needs to convert large amounts of data into information presented in a meaningful way. But it must also enable people to efficiently sift through the data themselves until they have the information they need – possibly even without knowing what that is going to be beforehand. In this post we will take a look at a few of the features that make this possible.

Filtering and Searching

Nearly every dashboard is equipped with a little box labeled filter. It is as inconspicuous as it is powerful – it gets you from here:

Result set - full

to here:

Result set - filtered - highlighted

in seconds.

You are not limited to user names, of course. You can filter for any data in the table. E.g. enter a machine name to only display information about a specific computer:

Result set - filtered by machine

Time Range Selection

The when is just as important as the what. Every dashboard lets you easily choose the time range for which to display data:

Time range selection

In addition to predefined intervals there are also auto-updating realtime views and an extremely flexible custom time range picker:

Time range selection - custom

Info Tooltips on Graphs

uberAgent makes use of graphs extensively. However, have you ever seen a graph like this one and wanted to know a value exactly rather than “a little bigger than 400, maybe 420”?

Graph without tooltip

With Splunk, just hover over a bar and it will show you a tooltip containing the information you need:

Graph with tooltip

Fluid Layout

As can be expected from a modern web-based UI, Splunk comes with a fluid layout that uses the space of large screens well:

Fluid layout - wide

but is perfectly usable on smaller screens, too:

Fluid layout - small

Digging Deeper

If you need more than uberAgent’s dashboards provide, just head over to Splunk’s native search app which gives you full access to all data:

Splunk search app

Beta Version Coming Soon

More information will be published soon in this blog and on uberAgent’s website. While you are waiting for that, register for the upcoming beta by sending e-mail to helge at helgeklein.com.

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