Which widget should I use?
The primary decision in selecting a widget is the type of information you are looking to display. Widget types are broken down into the following objectives:
I want to display status information
The recommended widgets for status information are:
- Alert widget: Fully customizable based on multiple filters, column selection, and sort order, display active alerts based on group or customer context. A miniature view of the Alerts Page that allows you to have an easy to access pre filtered display.
- JobMonitor widget: To display the status of batchjobs, including start and finish times.
- Google Map widget: Get the 30,000 foot view of location status. Display groups or devices based on location, including alert status.
- NOC widget: For a higher level view of status, or to get an at a glance view of multiple components. The NOC widget displays color coded items for groups, devices, datasources, instances, or services for an at-a-glance view of a location, application, or other meaningful combination.
I want to display a single value
Displaying a single value, whether it is an individual metric or aggregate, can be best accomplished with the:
I want to see how one or many values are trending
There are two primary ways to see how a datapoint is trending over time, the Device instance or overivew graph and the Custom Graph widget. Both support line, area, and stack graph types.
- Device instance or overview graph: Graphs are defined as part of the datasource and display datapoints specific to the datasource. Graphs can be added to a dashboard from the Device view.
- Custom Graph widget: Enables any combination of datapoints to be displayed on a single graph. Values can be distinct or aggregate and can be limited to top ten.
I want to compare multiple values in a single view
- Pie Chart widget: This is ideal for comparing resource utilization across multiple devices, office locations, customers, etc. For instance, you could compare percentage of your network flow being used by each distinct office location.
- Table widget: Lets you easily compare datapoint values across multiple devices.
As with Devices, Service graphs can be added to a dashboard direct from the Services page. You can also use the following widgets for services:
- Alert widget: A miniature view of the Alerts Page that allows for a convenient pre-filtered display of alerts.
- HTML widget: An easy way to see what your customers see when accessing your URL.
- NOC widget: See alert status of Service groups or specific services.
- Service SLA Widget: See the percent uptime for one or more services.
- Service Status widget: The status of a specific service across testing locations.