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Sumo Logic Dashboards for Kubernetes

The new Sumo Logic Dashboard (New) 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 classic Dashboards are still available. Now, you have two dashboard options.

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 (New) 

Dashboard (New) 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. Dashboard (New) streamlines dashboard configuration and on-the-fly analytic visualizations with its new templating features. 

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

Highlights 

The Sumo Logic Dashboard (New) offers the following new features:  

  • Dashboard (New) variables provide full replacement control over what is inserted, and the variables work across both log and metric panels.
  • Dashboard (New) 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 (New) 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.

Working Smarter 

To efficiently monitor your environment and actively troubleshoot problems, use Dashboard (New) to:

  • Analyze metrics data using the extensive visualization options.
  • Drill-down with advanced pivots, such as contextual drill-downs to logs from panels.
  • Analyze data on-the-fly using template variables.

Key Differences

Dashboard (New) differs from classic Dashboards in the following ways:  

  • Dashboard (New) template variables differ slightly from the filters in classic 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 (New) template variables provide full replacement control over what is inserted, and the variables work across both log and metric panels.
  • Dashboard (New) provides a dashboard-first view to build, maintain, and interact with dashboards. With Dashboard (New) you can build panels inside the dashboard rather than adding panels from the Search or Metrics pages.
  • Dashboard (New) utilizes the metrics query builder with an improved full text auto-complete capabilities, so you can quickly find the metrics you're looking for.
  • Dashboard (New) allows you to create alerts with Metrics Monitors from a panel. Click the menu icon (three stacked dots) in the top right corner of the panel and select Open in Metrics or Edit. Then find the query you want to use for an alert and select the menu icon (three stacked dots) in the right corner. Click Create alert. This opens the Metrics Monitor page where you can create a metrics alert.

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See the feature differences table for a complete comparison.

Restricted Operators in Dashboard (New)

The following operators can't be used with Dashboard (New):

  • Details
  • LogReduce
  • LogCompare
  • Parse multi
  • Save
  • Transaction

Best Practices

The Sumo Logic classic Dashboards and Dashboard (New) 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 classic Dashboards. Currently, we do not have monitor support for the Dashboard (New) framework. We hope to support monitoring across both dashboard frameworks in the near future.

Troubleshooting - with Dashboard (New)

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

Monitoring with Classic Dashboards

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

Troubleshooting with New Dashboards

Getting started with Dashboard (New)

For an overview of the Sumo Logic Dashboard (New) and step-by-step walkthrough tasks, see the following topics: