One complaint that I hear from customers is that their MyView page is slow to load.  After a little detective work, we always find quick and easy ways to speed up their interface.

For those of you who haven’t used MyView before; here is a quick introduction.  MyView is a customizable dashboard that provides users of Scrutinizer a unique view of their network traffic and management interface.  On top of that, each user can have their own customized view. You can quickly see how your MyView dashboard will be an invaluable tool for gaining complete network awareness.

I have seen MyView used in many ways.  One of the better practices is having a login for Flow Analytics, one for your custom reports and one for day to day operations.  For example, in our NOC, we have a special MyView for our demos, one for our manager and one with multiple custom reports.  Mike, our manager, has a his own special MyView that contains a few flash maps and “PlumTrack”; our in-house PBX phone monitoring application.

There are a few limitations with MyView that you need to be aware of though. You have to remember that each and every window in MyView is a micro web page that must adhere to all the caveats that you would experience with normal browsing.  In short, don’t open up too many resource consuming web pages!  What are resource consuming pages?  Well, there are three types.

The first is a static or simple page. The NOAA weather map is a great example of this.  It a simple image that is loaded every few minutes when the gadget refreshes.  It is common to have a few of these, as they have limited load times and are mostly harmless.

The next page type is one that generates its data “server side”, meaning that it makes a call to the local database . Once it completes the task, it then reports the requested information.  Many of our prepackaged gadgets use this method, including  all of your custom reports, since each one becomes an available MyView gadget.  You also need to remember that each time one of these reports is called on, it requires time to process and return the data.

The third and most resource intensive ,are those outside of our environment.  Many of today’s AJAX, DHTML, Web 2.0 applications consume quite a bit of your browsers resources. Adding multiple instances of these types of applications can severely slow down your browsers performance.  Nine out of ten times this is the culprit for slowness.

Whats coming in 7.0?

Here is a screenshot of the new myView
Here is a screenshot of the new myView

We have some exciting changes coming in the next version. With the  Scrutinizer 7.0  MyView feature , you are going to have multiple sub tabs that allow you to have multiple views to one page. You will have a smoother experience with moving your gadgets  and the ability to set permissions based on specific  MyView tab content.

More importantly, we have improved the overall speed of the MyView engine.  This will allow Scrutinizer and MyView to be your preferred network management tools, since it provides seamless integration between most of your 3rd party tools.

Stay tuned for more network management goodness and other pointless bits of geek lore!

Have a happy New Year!

 

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James Dougherty

I have worn many hats in my professional life. Support engineer, developer, network admin and manager are all points on my resume, but the one common thread with all of these jobs is that I enjoy working with people; that is what I do here at Plixer. I make sure that everyone understands our product and can get the most out of it. It's just simple 'no bull' support!

Let me know if you have any questions, I would be happy to help.

- Jimmy D

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