This is the third part of a series on the CloudReady dashboards and visualizations. The first part covered basics like Overviews, Refresh, and Layout settings. The second part covered more advanced dashboard usage like layout pinning, capture and embedding. In this third part we’ll cover key widgets, their usage and settings.
Widgets are the sub-windows or tiles that can be moved and resized within a layout or tab in the CloudReady dashboards. Most widgets are configurable and there are many different widgets available for visualizing cloud performance data in real-time and historically.
Widgets are available, sensibly, via the Widget Dropdown in the top toolbar. We’ve tried to organize the widgets according to their purpose:
Overview widgets are for visualizing data across multiple sensors and sites like the heatmap or grid
- Single Sensor
Single sensor widgets are for focusing on the performance of a single web application or cloud service
Feed widgets are scrolling lists of information like the alarm feed
When you drop down the widget menu from the toolbar, you will see previews as you hover over the different widgets to add. The previews help you remember what the widget looks like.
Click on the name of the widget to add it to your current layout. Adding a widget adds it to the bottom of the current layout. You may have to scroll to the bottom to see the newly added widget. If a widget requires information before it can be added to a layout, for example a particular site or sensor, then you will be prompted to enter or select the information.
Most widgets can be resized to fit alongside other widgets within a layout, grab any of the edges to reposition and resize the widget to fit along side other tiles and build your dashboard.
Cloning a Widget
Widgets on a layout can be easily cloned for adjusting and copying. This can be helpful if you have a long layout and are scrolled to the bottom or middle and want to add one in place, or edit and adjust a widget to include data about a different sensor.
Resource and Access Control for Widgets
For widgets that contain multiple sensors, a user only gets to see the widgets that they have permissions to see and, in turn, they only see sites that have sensors that have permissions to see. This can be very helpful when creating and leveraging teams and Role-based Access Control within CloudReady.
For example, let’s say you have a CloudReady Team defined just for SharePoint monitoring and only in a few sites. If you create a team with just those sensors, when those users create a Heatmap (see below), they will only see sensors and sites they have permission for. This helps builds dashboards very quickly – even automatically with the defaults dashboard that is created for every user.
The CloudReady Map widget is perfect for visualizing the performance, uptime and availability of all of the SaaS services that are being monitored from the different sites and branch offices that you’ve deployed to. Map widgets are added automatically to the default dashboard when you start deploying. CloudReady automatically determines the geographic location of a site but you can also enter the address for a site if you want the site to be located differently on the map.
That’s it for this third installment in the dashboard and visualization series. Come back in a few weeks for the fourth part where we will try and wrap it up with coverage on other advanced widgets like the Metric Chart, Site overview and more.