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March 2022

Check out the latest updates to Kentik Synthetics, Kentik Cloud, our alerting and policies, and the Kentik API. Many of the recent product updates aim to improve consistency between Kentik modules and help customers get quick network answers. Here’s what we released in March:

Kentik Synthetics

State of the Internet page

We split out the SaaS Applications, Public Clouds and DNS Services tabs from the Performance Dashboard into a separate new top-level page called “State of the Internet.” This is where you can determine if there’s a broader reachability issue that’s impacting more than your own infrastructure. Quickly get an answer to “is it me (my network) or the internet?”.

BGP Route Viewer page

Similar to the State of the Internet page, we have moved the BGP Route Viewer tab into a separate top-level page. We recently introduced BGP performance monitoring as part of the Kentik Network Observability Cloud, and want to give this feature more visibility as many customers requested it. If you’d like to learn more about this feature and its use cases read the blog post, Introducing BGP monitoring from Kentik.

Performance Dashboard enhancements

We continue to enhance the Performance Dashboard moving it more towards being a true dashboard. The updated widgets include: The incident log (width), the Test Status Summary pane (styling and location), the Recently Added Tests (styling and location), and Agents and Credits (styling and location).

Performance Dashboard landing page enhancements.

Page Load DOM Waterfall view

Page Load tests now include a Document Object Model (DOM) Waterfall view into how individual objects on the page have loaded. This is a per agent view accessed via Results > View Details. Visibility into the DOM Waterfall lets customers identify which DOM elements are contributing the most to the overall page load time.

Waterfall view in the updated Test Control Center
Detailed view of the request and response headers

New BGP Monitor results view

We continue to roll out new BGP monitoring capabilities and we are making sure the most critical and timely information is presented on the default view of the results page. We now present the path visualization on the results page, giving greater insights into unexpected events.

Here is an example of what this shows for the Facebook outage of 2021:

Kentik Cloud

Azure map

In March we made a large leap forward in enhancing our multi-cloud observability solution. We are introducing the first version of our Kentik Map for Azure, providing a similar look and feel to the AWS map. While many concepts are the same, there are differences, for example a VPC in AWS is a VNET in Azure:

Similar to AWS, we are now showing the Azure regions including their VNETs, allowing users to click into the subnets, and display traffic and other details:

VPC endpoint support for AWS

We now display VPC endpoints in the AWS Map as network gateways so that map users can easily view traffic to (or in some cases, from) these constructs.

Alerting and policies

Our design teams are on a mission to improve the consistency of experience and ease of use of the Kentik portal. We are taking a “common design, common experience” approach that uses common code to generate simple, intuitive and predictable controls. This should significantly improve navigation.

Let’s start with navigation where we have updated the location of Insights, Alerting and Mitigations, which reflects the most common usage.

Insights

Based on customer feedback we have separated Alerts and Insights, reducing the possibility of confusion between the two.

  • Alerts are an immediate call to action.
  • Insights are longer-term analytics intended to support planning, expense management and growth.

The Insights landing page presents a filtered/sorted list of individual insights. Selecting the insight will navigate to the Insight Details page.

Alerting

On the Alerting page we are now using our common table design with filtering, sorting, searching and controls that will look and feel familiar to users across the platform. The navigation path for Alerting presents a table of active alerts, also filtered, with sortable columns. Selecting the alert will expand a sidebar with the alert details. Table controls include time range filtering, status, severity, and type filters, and several specific search options.

Mitigations

The Mitigations page has been redesigned, using this same admin table pattern as we use for the Alerts, Policies, and Templates pages. Navigation to the Mitigations page is either direct from the main menu, or from a link on the Alerting page. Selecting a mitigation opens a sidebar drawer. Opening the sidebar exposes a navigation link to the Alert that triggered the mitigation.

Kentik API

Synthetics API GA

The Synthetics API is generally available and is accessible via the API tester.

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