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.
- Batchjob 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, or instances 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.
Which widgets are recommended for Services?
As with Devices, Service graphs can be added to a dashboard direct from the Services page. You can also use:
- Service NOC Widget: See alert status of Service groups or specific services.
- Service Overall Widget: The overall status of multiple services represented in a graph.
- Service Individual Widget: The status of a specific service across testing locations.
- HTML Widget: An easy way to see what your customers see when accessing your URL.
- Service SLA Widget: See the percent uptime for one or more services