We are happy to inform you that we are upgrading our user interface to support Kibana 7 for Logz.io! Kibana 7 offers users a long list of UI and UX enhancements that will make monitoring and troubleshooting your environment a much simpler and nicer experience. These enhancements include a cross-app dark theme, a new time picker, new filtering, a better dashboarding experience, and most importantly – a significant boost in performance.
Shall we take a closer look?
Kibana has traditionally been on the white side of the famous debate between light mode and dark mode. However, following repeated requests by users to equate experience with other open source analysis tools (did anyone say Grafana?), Kibana slowly moved to the dark side.
In previous versions, users could enable a dark theme for dashboards only. Kibana 7, however, allows you to apply the dark theme across Kibana. Results are impressive, but I’ll let you be the judge of that:
To apply the dark theme in Logz.io, hit the cogwheel icon in the top-right corner of the page, and go to Settings → General.
New look and feel
Other than the dark theme, Kibana 7 includes a long list of other small but important enhancements to the general look and feel of the interface. Here are some of the more noticeable changes.
All the actions that were previously aligned to the right (New, Save, Open, Export, Create Alert, Create Optimizer) are now aligned to the left above the query bar. Please note that creating a new alert or a new data optimizer is done from here now.
Recent Items list
A new option at the top of the sidebar on the left for quick access of the latest items you used, such as visualizations and dashboards.
A persistent header at the top of the page displays information related to where you are in Kibana.
Filtering saved searches in Kibana is critical when sifting through large volumes of log messages. The filtering experience has been gradually improved from version to version, culminating in the new filtering experience provided in this version.
In Kibana 7, each filter now has a dropdown menu that you can use to apply various actions on a selected filter, such as enabling/disabling, pinning, etc. You also now have the ability to manage all the filters you’ve applied in several bulk actions. Using a toggle action, you can also easily vide/hide applied filters.
New time picker
Anyone familiar with Kibana knows that the most user-friendly method for changing the time frame for a search on the Discover page is by clicking and dragging on the vertical bars displayed at the top of the page. Of course, this isn’t always precise enough for thorough investigative work and a time picker was therefore added in previous versions of Kibana to allow more granular time-based filtering.
Kibana 7 provides a totally new time picker that is much easier to use since it doesn’t force a query to reload or push the whole page down. It is also more compact and is, therefore, easier to use on mobile dashboards. Conveniently, you get a list of all the recent time filters you used for quick reference.
Sharing Kibana objects has also been made simpler with a new Share menu that displays the different sharing options Kibana offers, together with the Kibana Snapshots feature we added on top of Kibana.
New Inspect button
A new Inspect button in the action bar on the Discover page will show you information on the request made to Elasticsearch and its response, corresponding with the log search currently loaded on the page. This nifty feature is also available for visualizations.
We’ve made sure that your experience of Kibana 7 in Logz.io is as close as possible to the open source Kibana 7. As such, we’ve moved any identified Insights (our AI-powered advanced analytics technology) to a drop-down menu in the action bar, along with the other actions available. This way your view of your data is less obstructed.
Once selected, a corresponding filter is applied and the logs displayed accordingly. Selecting a log, the Insight itself can be viewed on a separate Insights tab, to the right of the Table and JSON tabs.
As stated at the start, Kibana 7 is much faster. This can be felt in the speed at which dashboards and visualizations are loaded. The new filtering experience on the Discover page was also applied for filtering dashboards with the action bar aligned to the left as well.
The user experience of our users is always our number one priority and we do our utmost to provide the latest and greatest that the open source community has to offer while also maintaining the stability and reliability of our service.
We will gradually be rolling out the upgrade in the upcoming few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to reach out to our Support team.