[Openstack-operators] [Horizon] Improving the Horizon Overview Pages

Jesse Pretorius jesse.pretorius at gmail.com
Thu Jan 30 08:05:10 UTC 2014

On 30 January 2014 03:29, Liz Blanchard <lsurette at redhat.com> wrote:

> 1) Is there anything missing that a user looking at Horizon would want to
> see at a high level?
> 2) Is there anything here that doesn't belong?
> 3) Is there a different way you would want to see the data here
> represented?
> [1]
> http://ask-openstackux.rhcloud.com/question/59/improvements-to-horizon-overview/
> [2]
> http://ask-openstackux.rhcloud.com/question/132/improvements-to-horizon-admin-overview/

 Hi Liz - it's been really great to see the UX team get involved in
changing the UX for Horizon end-users! In my view the conceptual changes,
while still in flux in most cases, are fantastic improvements and we're
really looking forward to seeing them make it into the code-base.

My thoughts:

As an operator (admin):
 - It's important for me to understand the status of a few things on the
overview page: service, capacity and performance.
 -- Service: A simple summary indicator for each high level service (RPC,
Database, Compute, Network, etc) based on the details from the System Info
panel. The indicator can be something simple like a coloured circle, using
 -- Capacity: I really like the graph charts. Of importance for capacity
are current usage, committed resources (ie a summary of the quotas assigned
to users) and available resources (ie a summary of the actual resources
available). My thinking is that each of these could be plotted on the same
graph for each information item. Most of the quota items would be of
interest as graphs.
 -- Performance: At this stage I'm not sure that we have this kind of data
available in the stack, from Ceilometer for instance. But at some stage
it'd be great to see some sort of performance stats for the infrastructure.
 - I'd ideally like to see any recent actions done that resulted in errors,
which project they were for and who did them. The blueprint is here:

As an end-user:
 - Seeing the capacity as you've already described is good.
 - If there's a way to display basic performance stats for the instances
from Ceilometer (if it has such data), that would be amazing.
 - I'd ideally like to see the most recent actions done for each project
and who did them. The blueprint is here:
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