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7. Tuning alert thresholds

Receiving too many meaningless LogicMonitor alert notifications can ultimately lead to people ignoring important alerts. On the other hand, not receiving a key alert could result in service downtime or even an outage. The key to avoiding both of these undesirable situations is to tune datapoint alert thresholds for your unique environment.

LogicMonitor does much of the work for you by setting default alert thresholds based on published documentation and KPIs, industry best practices, research, years of experience, and customer feedback. This means that, for the majority of resources you monitor via LogicMonitor's DataSources, alerts are triggered right out of the box.

However, it is impossible to set datapoint alert thresholds that suit every use case. To ensure that your alerting implementation is sufficient, without being noisy, you can continuously refine the default datapoint alert thresholds for the DataSources you are using. This is called tuning alert thresholds and it is discussed in detail in Tuning Alert Thresholds for Datapoints.

Note: Other datapoint settings (in addition to alert thresholds) that can impact alert noise include alert trigger intervals (i.e. how many consecutive polling cycles a threshold must be exceeded in order for an alert to trigger), alert clear intervals (i.e. how many consecutive polling cycles datapoint values must remain below threshold before an alert clears), and No Data alert behavior (i.e. should the absence of expected data trigger an alert?). As discussed in Creating a DataSource, these settings are configured from the global DataSource definition.

Demo

The following demonstration shows how to tune alert thresholds at the global and instance levels. Although this demonstration features an older version of the LogicMonitor platform, you may still find that the general information provided is very helpful in your understanding of alert threshold tuning.

Next steps:

After you've tuned alert thresholds to best fit your environment, you should add users and roles and then proceed to configure your alert routing to ensure that the right people are notified when an issue occurs.