Which widget should I use?
The type of widget you choose for a dashboard is determined by the type of information you are looking to display. In this support article, we've classified widgets according to several common objectives.
I want to display status information
The recommended widgets for displaying status information are:
- Alert List 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.
- Google Map widget: Get the 30,000 foot view of location status. Display groups or devices based on location, including alert status.
- JobMonitor widget: Displays the status of batchjobs, including start and finish times.
- 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 websites for an at-a-glance view of a location, application, or other meaningful combination.
- SLA widget: See the percent uptime for one or more devices or websites.
- Topology Map widget: Reflects the layer 2 relationships among resources in your network environment.
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 following widgets:
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 overview 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 Resources page, as discussed in Graphs Tab.
- 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: Ideal for comparing resource utilization across multiple devices, office locations, customers, etc. For example, you could compare the percentage of your network flow being used by each distinct office location.
- Table widget: Lets you easily compare datapoint values across multiple devices.
Which widgets are recommended for websites?
As with Devices, website graphs can be added to a dashboard direct from the Websites page. You can also use the following widgets for websites:
- Alert List 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 website groups or individual websites.
- SLA widget: See the percent uptime for one or more websites.
- Website Status widget: The status of a specific website across testing locations.