A More Powerful MyKentik Portal
Back in Q2 of this year, we announced the My Kentik Portal, which enables curated, self-service network traffic visibility for downstream customers (see the My Kentik solution brief). Building on this initial launch, we’ve subsequently been improving the feature-set to add value for our customers and their customers (internal or external), whom we refer to as “tenants.” A number of these major updates were completed in September, including the ability to expose tenants to alerts, a redesign of the tenant configuration UI, and a “spoofing” capability that allows customers to see the My Kentik portal through the eyes of an individual tenant. Here’s a closer look at these improvements.
Alerting for Tenants
One of the key features of Kentik Detect is its ability to generate alerts based on highly customized network traffic conditions that are defined in Alert Policies. If you’ve configured policies you can now enable the tenants in your My Kentik portal to receive alerts from some or all of those policies. And you can even tailor the thresholds that will cause those policies to trigger alerts for a given tenant.
There are two ways to enable your tenants to view alerts in the My Kentik portal. One is by adding one or more of your policies to the Tenant Default Alert Policies list so they can be seen by all of your tenants (see Tenant Default Content below). The other is to add one or more policies to an individual tenant (shown at right), so that the policies can be seen by any user assigned to that tenant. You do that in the Add Tenant dialog (opened by the button of the same name) or Edit Tenant dialog (opened by clicking on a tenant in your Tenant List). These tenant settings include an Alert Policies Settings pane where you can choose the policies to make available to the users assigned to that tenant.
Once you add one or more policies, the Alert Policy Settings pane will resemble the image below. If individual thresholds are shown for the policy you can make tenant-specific adjustments to the criteria that will trigger an alert to be displayed in the My Kentik portal.
Once you’ve added alert policies to a given tenant’s configuration, the My Kentik portal for that tenant will include icons for Alarms and Alert History (shown at right). When tenant users click on Alarms they’ll see a list of of Active Alerts. When users click on Alert History they’ll see a list of alarms, mitigations, and matches for a specified time range (see Alert History).
Tenant Default Content
As mentioned above, you now have the ability to assign default content that will be visible to the users of all of your tenants. You specify default content on your main My Kentik Portal admin page under Tenant Defaults, where you’ll find the Views and Alert Policies settings (shown below). Each is a drop-down menu listing the existing views or alert policies in your organization. You can choose any item from the list, and add as many defaults in each category as you’d like to make accessible to all of your tenants.