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Dashboards are powerful and customizable, and uses can vary greatly depending on how your business measures success. There are a few common uses that can help get you started.
How does your business measure success?
If the answer to that question can be found in a database, internal website, or via monitoring metrics, it can be displayed in a dashboard. Custom datasources can be used to bring in details from a database, such as revenue earned by day, or from another tool such as Google Analytics.
With the wide variety of widgets available, you can easily provide meaningful metrics to your team. Whether it is the status of an application, number of emails in queue, or the flow of beer from your kegerator.
One of the most common uses for dashboards is an overall view of how similar devices are performing across groups, customers, or locations.
Some common Custom Graph widgets that are often created include:
A dashboard can be a great way to keep tabs on what is happening with your network. Common widgets include:
“Green is good.”
To make sure you’re the first to know if an issue arrises with a customer or application, set up a NOC overview dashboard. Recommended widgets include:
Virtualization is powerful, but keeping tabs on what is happening can be tricky. Dashboards are often used for an at a glance view of VM performance and status. Common widgets added for ESX Devices:
Storage is a specific example of a Device Dashboard, but given the number of customers who take advantage of our Netapp monitoring it is worth its own mention. See the example below for some helpful widget ideas.
Keep in mind that this is taking advantage primarily of the Custom Graph Widget. If you’re looking for an individual or specific aggregate metric, the Gauge or Big Number Widget may be more powerful.
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