I’ve first used kibana as a tool for visualizing logs collected by logstash on my server.
The tool has seriously evolved since a year (or two i dont’ know ;)).
Now its creator is engaged by the elasticsearch company itself. Its a good news for the project: we can imagine he will dedicate full time to kibana, fixinx bugs and developing new features.
Some kibana properties:
- talk to elasticsearch http rest interface
- configurable dashboard
- mulitple wigets
- share you dashborad conf (or save) with json configration files
- manage multpile queries for comparison in each widget
- handle timestamped data: if you have a field with a date type, set it in conf and get benefits of zoomable histograms
- many more …
Before developing my dataviz (angularjs + d3.js) i use kibana to quickly visualize data.
You really should have a look at kibana on the official site.