This is the fourth and final article of a series on the CloudReady dashboards and visualizations. With a better understanding of the various widgets available, you can build custom dashboards that cover the end user experience for any application delivered to a branch office or location.
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. The third article covered key widgets used within the dashboards. In this part we’ll finish up with other important widgets such as:
- Alarm Feed
- Overview widgets (circles)
- Metric widget
Alarm Feed Widget
The alarm feed widget displays the latest alarms generated by CloudReady in reverse chronological order. The feed will display up to 3 days of alarms or the most recent 50, whichever is greater.
Each alarm in the feed will be have a red indicator if its in an alarm state and green if the alarm or condition has already resolved itself.
This enables a quick glance to see how the past few days have been going. Its a good place to start if you’re interested in tuning alarms or adjusting monitored conditions.
There a few different interactions with the Alarm feed. You can expand an alarm record by clicking the plus sign. If you click on the Alarm title you are taken to its page where you can see a history of how frequently the alarm has fired and edit the alarm or tune it from that page.
If you click on the icon for the sensor type, you will be taken to the canonical detail page for that sensor and are able to examine the sensor with more details.
The scorecard widget displays a single metric with a color-coded tile for placing in a dashboard. The metric can be a single element from a senor OR an element aggregate across sensors of the same type. This can be useful for quickly determining the health of a particular cloud service like Office 365, Exchange mail flow or SharePoint and Skype.
The tile or widget changes color based on the trend over the selected period. If the trend is up >10% over the period its red, if the trend is up 0-10% its orange, trending down or improving then its green. All of our trends are measured as the last 20% of samples vs the first 80% (left to right).
That’s it for this fourth and final installment in the dashboard and visualization series. We are always introducing capabillities and widgets for enhancing the display of SaaS and network metrics within CloudReady. If there’s something you don’t see or have questions about any of them, just send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.