Today, Replicated is announcing a new way to get important updates about your customers and your on-prem instances without having to log into the vendor portal. This will allow vendors to catch customer problems before they get worse, and enables vendors to become proactive in reaching out to prevent support cases.
Allowing vendors to be proactive before “degraded” turns into “hard down” helps them improve overall uptime and the general reliability of all their instances. Notifications even reduce the amount of time spent in the vendor portal -- rather than checking on customer instances / status daily or weekly, vendors can rest assured that they’ll be notified if a customer installation needs attention.
When deploying software to a new customer, we find many vendors like to keep a close eye on that customer instance in case there are any unexpected surprises in the customer environment that didn’t necessarily pop up during the initial installation.
“When I have a big customer I’m working with, that first month or two I want to know if something goes wrong at 2 in the morning. I get distracted during the day and I don’t always check the vendor portal, so it’s great if there’s something that notifies me out-of-band via phone or email.” -- Jeff Armstrong, Services Engineer, Checkmarx
Certain end customers’ infrastructure is just more error prone. This may be due to any category of characteristics, including but not limited to
Vendor teams can now keep a close eye on these “delicate” or issue-prone customer environments to get ahead of any issues before they turn into full-blown fires.
Notifications are based on uptime data and event history, providing you with real-time information about critical instance events and changes to the cluster, application, and underlying infrastructure.
Uptime data is a time series representation of recent instance states, including ready, degraded, missing/unavailable, and inactive.
Event history is an ordered, filterable history of instance activity including changes to the cluster, application, and underlying infrastructure.
Notifications can be subscribed to at three different levels for specific instances:
There are currently two types of notifications:
Team Wide: Notifications can be enabled for an entire team by having all notifications for subscribed instances forwarded directly to a Slack channel for your team.
User-level: Notifications can also be enabled at the individual user level and all notifications for subscribed instances will be sent via email.
We are continuing to develop additional notification methods, such as configuring at the user-level to receive notifications in an in-app notification inbox. This will allow individual users to review an in-app list of all received notifications directly in the Vendor Portal. We’re also exploring other notification-worthy events like “License is expiring soon” and “A new support bundle was uploaded”.
As we continue to build out this feature, we’ll explore other events like support bundle uploads, team members added, and upcoming license expirations. Are there other things you’d like to be alerted of? We’d love to hear from you.