Dashboards

Analytics Dashboard Overview

Analytics dashboards are automatically created based on the state of the active (operational) blueprint. These dashboards contain widgets that monitor different aspects of the network and raise alerts to any anomalies. You cannot configure the trigger logic that determines when dashboards are auto-created, but you can create/instantiate your own dashboards. System-generated dashboards are labeled with System and user-generated dashboards are labeled with the user’s name. Dashboards can be shown in various levels of detail by choosing a Display mode: summary, preview, expanded.

Additional characteristics of analytics dashboards include:

  • You can display analytics dashboards on the blueprint dashboard to have additional network information on one screen. To add them, turn ON the analytics dashboards’ default toggles.
  • Auto-generated dashboards are not deleted automatically.
  • Probes that already exist (already created by users) and that are not modified after initial creation, are reused instead of creating duplicates of those probes.
  • Required probes and widgets are ensured only when a dashboard is initially enabled. Post auto-creation, any user action to update or delete referenced probes and widgets may cause the dashboard to enter an invalid state. Invalid dashboards are not automatically repaired.
  • When upgrading the controller, the auto-creation behavior of dashboards occurs on preexisting active blueprints, in the same way as for newly-created blueprints.

From the blueprint, navigate to Analytics > Dashboards.

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Configuring Auto-Enabled Dashboards

Certain auto-created dashboards generate anomalies that are expected, so you may not want to see them. To suppress these anomalies, either proactively set the auto-creation toggle for the dashboard to OFF, or delete the dashboard after it has been enabled. Once a dashboard is disabled it will not be re-enabled unless the auto-enable toggle is set to ON and the respective trigger is satisfied.

  1. From the blueprint, navigate to Analytics > Dashboards, then click Configure Auto-Enabled Dashboards. Dashboard are listed with descriptions giving more details including the trigger for when dashboards are auto-created. Widgets that are used in each dashboard are also listed.
  2. Toggle the dashboards on to auto-enable them or off to disable them.

Instantiating Predefined Dashboard

Several predefined dashboards are available that can be instantiated and modified to show analytics in multiple ways. You can instantiate more than one instance of any predefined dashboard.

  1. From the blueprint, navigate to Analytics > Dashboards, then click Create Dashboard and select Instantiate Predefined Dashboard from the drop-down list.
  2. Select a predefined dashboard from the drop-down list. See below for descriptions of some of the predefined dashboards.
  3. Click Create to instantiate the dashboard and return to the list view.

Device Health Summary Predefined Dashboard

Goal Trigger Probes and Widgets
Find issues in the system health of managed devices present in the BluePrint Always
  1. Check that memory usage is below 80%
  2. Check that average CPU usage is below 80%
  3. Check that filesystem usage on every writable mount point is below a certain threshold

Note

Ensure same metric is not collected twice from the same device.

Drain Validation Predefined Dashboard

Goal Trigger Probes and Widgets
Ensure drained switches are indeed drained of traffic by ensuring total bandwidth is minimal Presence of at-least one drained switch
  1. Drain Traffic

Throughput Health Predefined Dashboard

Goal Trigger Probes and Widgets
Find issues in physical infrastructure that affect the available throughput caused by issues such as imbalanced traffic over a group of L3 (ECMP) or L2 (LAG) links Manual All imbalance thresholds are expressed as % of the link speed and not absolute values. 1. Fabric ECMP imbalance 2. External ECMP imbalance 3. LAG imbalance - should include both MLAG and LAG

Virtual Infra Fabric Health Check Predefined Dashboard

Goal Trigger Probes and Widgets
Find problems in physical or virtual infrastructure that affect workload connectivity Presence of at-least one virtual Infra Manager in the BluePrint
  1. Hypervisor VLANs missing Fabric
  2. Hypervisor Low MTU anomalies
  3. Critical Services affected by VLAN misconfiguration
  4. Hypervisor with inconsistent MTU
  5. Hypervisor PNIC LAG Status

Virtual Infra Redundancy Checks Predefined Dashboard

Goal Trigger Probes and Widgets
Find single points of failure in physical or virtual infrastructure that affect high availability and available bandwidth for workloads Presence of at-least one virtual Infra Manager in the BluePrint Hypervisor VLANs missing Fabric, Hypervisor Low MTU anomalies, Critical Services affected by VLAN misconfiguration, Hypervisor with inconsistent MTU, Hypervisor PNIC LAG Status

Creating Dashboard

Some probes and dashboards are automatically created giving you instant value without a learning curve. The probes auto-adjust based on the state of the blueprint (examples: undeployed or unassigned device, addition or removal of virtual infra managers).

You can also create your own dashboards to display custom information from IBA probes and stages (as of version 3.0).

  1. From the blueprint, navigate to Analytics > Dashboards, then click Create Dashboard and select New Dashboard from the drop-down list.
  2. Enter a name and (optional) description.
  3. Select a layout (one-column, two-column, three-column) and if you want the dashboard to appear on the blueprint Dashboards, toggle on Default.
  4. Add and/or create widgets to include in the dashboard.
  5. Click Create Dashboard to create the dashboard and return to the list view. A large dashboard may take some time to create. You can check the status at the bottom of the screen under Active Tasks.

Editing Dashboard

Auto-created dashboards can be modified, but defaults should work in most cases.

  1. From the list view (Analytics > Dashboards) or the details view, click the Edit button for the dashboard to edit.
  2. Make your changes.
  3. Click Update to stage the changes and return to the list view.

Deleting Dashboard

If you delete an auto-created dashboard (because it does not apply to your network for example), the auto-creation feature is disabled so it does not reappear automatically. If you want to re-establish the dashboard you can instantiate it manually.

  1. From the list view (Analytics > Dashboards) or the details view, click the Delete button for the dashboard to delete.
  2. If you would like all referenced widgets and probes that are exclusively referenced from this dashboard to be deleted for you so you don’t have to delete them manually, check the checkbox. Deleting unnecessary widgets and probes frees up resources.
  3. Click Delete Dashboard to stage the deletion and return to the list view.