Securely Access, Visualize and Manage your Mobile App Data with Data Metrics View and Data Explorer capabilities in Visual Studio App Center

Zakeel Muhammad

Over the past few weeks, the Visual Studio App Center team has shipped new functionality to make managing and syncing your data much easier. Recently, we shipped an entirely new portal experience for App Center Data, enabling you to view your app’s utilization metrics and engage with your app data.

If you’re unfamiliar with App Center Data, a part of our new Mobile-Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) offering, it enables you to easily scale, manage, and sync your data in the cloud for both online and “offline-first” apps. App Center Data is powered by Azure Cosmos DB, Microsoft’s globally distributed multi-model database, to give you the ability to create a scalable and reliable backend for your app in a few quick steps.

Within the App Center portal, App Center Data provides an easy way to provision and connect existing Cosmos DB databases, which simplified the process to get up and running quickly. Over the past few weeks, the App Center team has made two HUGE additions to the portal, which puts even more power in your hands. These updates are the Metrics View and the Data Explorer.

Metrics View

Metrics view

With our all new Metrics view, you can hone in and see just how your backend is doing. Various metrics such as average throughput per second, average requests per second, data size, index size, and latency are now easily viewable directly from the App Center portal. You’ll always know how much your app is being used by your customers. In addition to having several powerful metrics at the tip of your fingers, this page also provides insight on your throughput, which you can use to get an accurate reading on your billing.

Data Explorer

Data view

The App Center Data Explorer allows you to directly engage and manage your data in the App Center portal. With the ability to create, read, update, and delete documents directly in App Center, you have complete control over your Data. Previously, this was only available through the App Center Data client SDKs and the Azure portal. This update also makes it easier to see the distinction between your public and private documents for improved navigation amongst your data. You can even filter your data to key in on the document or documents of your choice. The possibilities are endless in our new Data Explorer.

If you’re looking to learn more about App Center Data and how it works, see our previous post Visual Studio App Center: Changing the Way you Handle App Data.

These updates are live today so get started in App Center!



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