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Sumo Logic's New Dashboard (Beta)

Learn the benefits of the Sumo Logic Dashboard and how it seamlessly integrates log and metric data.

The Sumo Logic Dashboard (Beta) platform allows you to analyze metric and log data on the same dashboard, in a streamlined user experience. This is exactly what you need to effectively monitor and manage a Kubernetes environment.

Never fear, Sumo Logic original Dashboards are still available. Now, you have two dashboard options. This page outlines the key differences between the original Dashboard platform and the Dashboard (Beta), and outlines recommended Best Practices for when to use each. 

Dashboards are a critical tool for monitoring and troubleshooting modern applications, allowing you to quickly navigate through your data without having to learn a query language. Graphs and data mappings provide visual representations of data that enable you to quickly identify and resolve key issues.

What's great about Dashboard (Beta) 

Sumo Logic's Dashboard (Beta) framework provides the unique ability to display metrics metadata and logs data on the same dashboard in an integrated seamless view. This gives you control over the visual display of metric data as well as log data. The Dashboard (Beta) framework streamlines dashboard configuration and on-the-fly analytic visualizations with its new templating features. 

Templating allows you to configure dashboards with replaceable values in:

  • Search queries
  • Metric queries
  • Dashboard titles

Template variables allow you to filter dashboard data dynamically to generate new visualizations for intuitive chart creation and data scoping.

Key differences

The Sumo Logic Dashboard (Beta) framework differs from the original Dashboards in the following ways:  

  • Dashboard (Beta) variables differ slightly from the filters in original Dashboards. Filters were auto injected at runtime by Sumo Logic, allowing you little control over how they were used or what they represented. In addition, filters only worked on log panels. Dashboard (Beta) variables provide full replacement control over what is inserted, and the variables work across both log and metric panels.
  • Dashboard (Beta) dashboards are a dashboard-first view at building maintaining and interacting with dashboards. With Dashboard (Beta), you build panels inside the dashboard rather than adding panels from external sources, such as the Sumo Search or Metric Pages.
  • Dashboard (Beta) provides a new query builder for metrics with an improved full text auto-complete capabilities, so you can quickly find the metrics you're looking for.
  • Dashboard (Beta) allows you to create alerts by drilling into the Metrics Tab from a panel. You do this by clicking the Details icon (three stacked dots) in the top right corner, selecting Open in Metrics, and finding the alert icon on the query you want to convert to an alert. This opens the Metrics Monitor page where you can create a metrics alert.

Best Practices

The Sumo Logic original Dashboards and Dashboard (Beta) dashboards each have strengths. This section outlines the recommended use cases for each dashboard framework.

Monitoring - with Classic Dashboards

If you want to monitor your environment and display dashboards on a monitor or television screen, use the original Dashboards. Currently, we do not have monitor support for the Dashboard (Beta) framework. We hope to support monitoring across both dashboard frameworks in the near future, however.

Troubleshooting - with New Dashboards

If you want to interact with dashboards to actively troubleshoot problems, the new Dashboard (Beta) is the best framework, depending on the type of data you will be analyzing. There are use cases where a combination of the two dashboards are recommended:

  • Use Dashboard (Beta) if you are building a metrics first dashboard, for the extensive visualization options and variable support for metrics panels.
  • Use original Dashboards If you are building a logs-first dashboard, for options that provide the most robust results.
  • Use New Dashboards for advanced pivots, such as contextual drill-downs to logs from panels, as these features are not available in the existing Classic Dashboards.