Optimized UX and system monitoring with qibb ultimate

New and improved features that enhance your workflow

Following up on our last blog post about saving cloud infrastructure costs with our latest qibb ultimate version update to 1.4.0, we would like to notify you about several more enhancements of our enterprise multicloud management platform. Next to the cost-saving features, we had a strong focus on UX and system monitoring improvements:

1. Browser tab navigation improvements

When working with qibb ultimate, it is a common use case to switch between different pages and apps quickly and easily by opening multiple tabs simultaneously in our browser-based user interface. To enhance navigation between the different browser tabs, the name of each page and the name of any subpage (breadcrumb) is directly shown in the page title of the browser in our latest version 1.4.0. This feature allows you to directly select the desired browser tab and prevents you from having to search in your open tabs.

Furthermore, setting bookmarks has also become much easier, as the suggested name of the bookmark is more conclusive and matches the tab title.

2. Indication of loading state

To ensure a good user interface performance, parts of the user interface are only loaded when needed. The navigation sidebar now shows the reloading of additional content directly within the menu item.

In addition to this, we have further optimized the user interface for slower network speeds or longer operations. The buttons now show the pending status after you click them, giving you direct feedback and thus a better user experience.

Note: For demo purposes we have throttled the network speed.

3. Extended and improved error messages

To give you a better and more precise feedback in error situations, we have revised our error messages in qibb ultimate 1.4.0. This will give you a more direct and specific feedback which allows you an improved assessment and understanding of the error situation and its cause.

4. System Monitoring

With our release 1.4.0, we have further improved our monitoring capabilities. As you may already know, qibb uses Prometheus and Grafana as monitoring tools to provide all the information DevOps teams need to build and maintain applications and services. Prometheus collects different types of metrics and Grafana effectively queries, visualizes, and processes these metrics. Together, these two tools serve the needs supporting on-premises or cloud applications for organizations that do have high service-level objectives, businesses with mission-critical production environments and high-frequency traffic.

Grafana’s ability to measure mean time to repair (MTTR) is another reason for its popularity. MTTR is a key metric used by production teams to measure DevOps efficiency and productivity. In order to maintain high SLA and meet high service standards, a team needs to be able to continuously monitor, identify, and instantly act upon incidents.

All our services provided through the Cluster-Gateway are secured by SSL / TLS certificates for secure communication.

Keeping an overview of your certificates across your distributed cloud infrastructure can be tedious. Certificates are critical to DevOps teams, but are often opaque to an administrator. In our qibb release 1.4.0, we have added a Certificate Exporter as a new Gateway Component, which provides metrics for Prometheus. This can help operators to keep track of certificate expiration in Grafana. The new component scans all certificate expiration days. The platform administrator can see directly when certificates expire and is able to plan updates and renewals accordingly. This is important to maintain system security and reliability.