Four Network Monitor Dashboard Fails

For the love of all things IT, please give us network monitor dashboards that work. Dashboards should be intuitive, simple, and comprehensive. They should demonstrate information specific to your network, your needs, and your alerts.

We’ll show you a range of network monitor dashboards, from the ambiguous and overwhelming to the simple and intuitive. You’ll know what to look for and what’s actually useful as opposed to something developers wanted to create.

First, an example of the vague yet mesmerizing dashboard application:


The Cryptic Heatmap


















Heat maps are usually great… when they give us useful information, but we’re stressed out just looking at this one. It’s not user friendly, and we’re not quite sure where to go from here. If there are a lot of violations or issues in one area, it would be helpful, but why not just have a map of the networks?

The side nav is simple and straightforward, which is wonderful, but if all the dashboards are as cryptic and unintuitive as this one, users are in for a long haul of learning how to use this monitoring tool.


The Overzealous Hubcap

























Oh hubcap, you mean well and you work so hard to provide me every possible iota of data in one round graph. But our eyes are not what they used to be, and just looking at this mess of colors and crowded data makes us tired and frustrated. There’s no clear message in this dashboard. There’s no way for us to show our bosses this screenshot and help them understand what we do all day.

Also, what’s up with the tiny graphs on the side? There are simply too many details in too small of a space here. We’d rather have to click through to the network we wanted details on (or a simpler overview) rather than seeing everything all at once. We’re tired of squinting.


The Data Dump


the dump
















Man oh man. Nine reports on one screen, and only one chart that shows an actual time lapse. If our boss came and saw this, we could be playing fantasy football for all he knew. Graphs and visuals are great for clear takeaways, but they’re also easy to look at.

Data visualization is exactly what this dashboard is missing. The random highlights (that you’d surely have to explain to anyone else who looks at these numbers) give nothing away. This overview looks more like multiple microscopic views than a monitoring dashboard.


The Navigation Quagmire













Okay, here’s some improvement. We can immediately see where our problem areas are and how to view various aspects of the system. There are not too many data points, and the overall layout makes us want to explore the different reporting capabilities. Plus, the “Customize Page” button is calling our name.

The biggest beef we have with this dashboard is the overabundance of navigation options. Fifteen options on one line? Paralyzed by choice, it’s easier to toss the computer out a window. We’d love to see something a little more straightforward. Just like the overzealous hubcap, we want less squinting and more doing.


A Dashboard that Doesn’t Fail


dashboard 2


Of course we like our own product, but let us show you why. The Monitis dashboard is the perfect blend of useful information for you and valuable, digestible graphics for your boss. The navigations are simple, self-evident, and easy to absorb and process. Unlike the stress-inducing cryptic heat map, the overzealous hubcap, and the too-specific data dump, there’s just enough data to show you how your servers are doing without overwhelming you with information. Plus the navigation can actually be navigated without squinting.

When you open your network monitor software for the first time, you should be inspired to look around, alter and personalize your dashboards, and be on the ground running in no time. The Monitis dashboard gives you a better starting ground for creating the reports you need.

And, of course, our mobile dashboards are so user-friendly and comprehensive that often show them off at parties:

















When you’re looking for a network monitoring tool for your company, you have to know what to look for: be sure to check out their dashboards and capabilities. Watch a demo video and pay attention to what useful information is displayed right away, and what data you have to dig for. A simple and intuitive dashboard makes your job easier and helps you work that much more efficiently.

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