Here’s a bold thought: We think the era of telling your monitoring software what to look for is over. Instead, it’s time for your software to proactively tell you what there is to see. That’s what our new Sysdig Monitor capability, Spotlight, is all about. The moment in time when everything is running smoothly in your environment is joyous. You may reward yourself with a high-five, a cup of coffee, or a longer-than-usual break. In an imperfect world, however, it’s usually not long before new concerns and frustrations resurface. That’s fine. It’s why we get paid. But, how can you quickly identify the good and the bad so you can get back to that well-earned break? Consider these common challenges:
- Your infrastructure: In the chaos of deployments, kills, new apps and new releases, a lot of things may coming, going, and changing in your environment. How do you quickly discover what’s been added? How can you see a service or container has gone down?
- Your team: Growing your team from a handful to dozens or more teammates can be as frustrating as it is rewarding. How do you or other new monitoring operators and admins get up and running quickly? Are you set up with all the right alerts and data? How can you proactively empower new users with baseline info about the environment?
Infrastructure Scan: Surfacing need-to-know environment detailsIf you’re running Docker and orchestrating your environment with a tool like Kubernetes, your apps are continually moving, pods are restarting, and container locations are shifting. At the same time, as a critical part of running your environment, your monitor software may need some maintenance. Spotlight helps you save time by notifying you of changes and things that need attention.
With Spotlight, if there’s something you need to see, you’ll be notified by a red dot that appears on our new Spotlight icon in the user settings section (upper right-hand corner of the app). Click on the icon and the Infrastructure Scan panel opens to provide a roll up view of the latest status of hosts, containers, orchestrator and platform tools, and applications. It also gives you a quick summary of administrative items related to your Sysdig Monitor deployment. For each integration discovered in your environment, you’ll see a representative panel icon. In addition, Spotlight will also notify you over time of any new integrations that are added on a per-team basis and automatically create a dashboard for it. This means less work for both admins and team members. For each icon, a health indicator in the upper right corner tells you at-a-glance if things are OK – or not. In the example above, we see the three broken integrations surfaced. If you hover over any of these app icons a pop-up box presents suggestions for possible solutions, such as viewing a dashboard for more context or checking documentation. The Team and Admin Status section is intended to helps you keep track of any needed agent updates or metric throttling, in addition to details about your SaaS subscription plan. If any agents are out of date, we’ll let you know here. In our example, 100% of our agents are up to date. We do however, have one agent that is over it’s metric limit. To see the details of this issue and determine if any metric throttling is required, you can click ‘View All Agents’ to see the details.