DevOps (a combination of development and operation teams) uses many tools to achieve business goals. One of the tools is the DevOps dashboard.
What is DevOps Dashboard?
A DevOps Dashboard is a reporting tool that provides software development and operation teams the ability to monitor the product in real-time. It helps to find errors, develop work items, track up and downtimes, response time, load time, etc.
Why Use DevOps Dashboard?
Every software business’s first target is to provide the best software to its customer. For this, they need to find errors as soon as they occur and solve them. Here, DevOps dashboards help the teams to monitor their product and respond quickly in a crucial time.
Types of Dashboards for DevOps Teams
Dashboards help DevOps to monitor the whole DevOps platform. It can track metrics like- bugs, errors, backlogs, etc.
The following three categories of dashboards help to monitor the whole process:
1. Dashboards for Agile Project Management
In an Agile project, dashboards visualize every work item for the DevOps team to optimize workflows. It is designed to maximize team efficiency, visualize every work, and provide flexible views. Some of the agile project DevOps are:
- Kanban board includes cards, labels, assignment, and continuous delivery columns.
- Burndown chart identifies backlogs or incomplete work in each time-period. It provides metrics of velocity and trajectory that managers use in agile and DevOps projects.
- Jira boards are flexible. It is useful to create issues, plan sprints, and stories. It allows us to prioritize both individual and team tasks.
2. Dashboards for Monitoring Application
Developers’ primary responsibility is developing new functions for the product, improving application and services. For these, they use dashboards. Developers use application monitoring dashboards to fix bugs, upgrade features, and produce security patches for continuous development. It also visualizes customer’s request patterns, errors, and network topology.
3. Dashboards for observing DevOps Platform
The successful foundation of the DevOps platform is Linux containers like Kubernetes, Open shift, etc. Linux container’s immutability and portability are very high. So the process of moving from app development to build, test, and deployment becomes faster and easier in production. Examples of DevOps platform observation dashboards are:
- Prometheus dashboard creates a metric based monitoring system dashboard to identify abnormal node failures and reduce them.
- Grafana dashboard is useful to utilize event-driven metrics and visualize every panel. It also includes response time, the volume of requests, workloads, network traffic flow, etc.
Dashboards allow DevOps team to identify issues or errors in team collaboration, application delivery, and platform health status and solve them by visualizing the whole process. It also helps DevOps to improve capabilities like fast delivery, reduce runtimes, and automate the process.