Custom Labelling Available in v3.1

Our blog series on new features in SquaredUp v3.1 continues with Custom Labelling. For those that have missed previous features, this series has so far included;

Right, back to Custom Labelling...

Some of the most commonly used tiles in dashboards are the Status and Performance tiles, both of which can give you great insight into the health of your applications and their components. Now, whilst they work extremely well in many cases, unfortunately some components can leave you with indecipherable data.  For example, here‘s a Status tile configured to show all disks on a group of servers:

Let’s face it, this isn’t terribly helpful; without drilling down it’s difficult to know which disk belongs to which server.

In v3.1 we can use Custom Labelling to fix this, allowing us to specify exactly how we want the objects to be displayed (using both static text and specific properties from the object) to ensure that tiles always make sense.

Tiles that support custom labels come preconfigured with some useful labels and, in the case of the Performance Tiles, will even attempt to automatically select the most useful label based on the selected object and metric.

Selecting the ‘custom’ option allows us to use mustache syntax to specify which properties we want to use from the object to construct the label.

{{ If you’re in the mood for learning about some pretty cool web-dev technology, you can read more about Mustache here and here }}

Clicking the {{}} button or typing {{ brings up a helpful picker which shows all the properties of your selected object, and sample values.

For example, if we wanted to show SQL databases as the name of the instance followed by the database name, we would specify {{properties.instanceName}}\\{{displayName}} as shown below:

If you’re familiar with mustache, you can even specify advanced labels that can transform properties prior to displaying them (such as showing only a portion of text, converting a number or reformatting a date).

Custom Labels can be used for Dashboards and for Perspectives and opens up a huge array of new capabilities to you.


Additional Resource

To get a better idea of how Custom Labelling works and what you can achieve, you can skip straight to the relevant part of the recording of our v3.1 Release Webinar.

If you have more in-depth questions about Custom Labelling, click here to ask our support team.

If you’re not underway with SquaredUp yet, you can request a free 30 day trial or check out our online demo lab.