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Grafana Overview

Starting with Paragon Automation Release 21.2, you can use the Grafana user interface (UI) to monitor the status and health of your network devices. Grafana UI renders data from Paragon Automation time series database (TSDB). You can view this data in the form of charts, graphs, histograms, and heat maps. You can also query data and view the results from the Grafana UI.

In releases earlier than Paragon Automation Release 21.2, you could only create and view graphs from the Charts page of the Paragon Automation UI.

Understanding Grafana UI

Grafana is an open-source data visualization tool. You use Grafana to create and view charts, graphs, and other visuals to help organize and understand data. Paragon Automation Release 21.1 uses Grafana to render graphs that you create from the Charts page of the UI. With Release 21.2, you can create graphs and other visuals directly from Grafana. For more information, see Grafana Documentation.

When you create a chart, the data is rendered from the TSDB database. The TSDB database library (shim) is based on InfluxDB, an open-source time series database. Information sent to and received from the TSDB database is in the InfluxDB format. With Release 21.2, Paragon Automation also supports Grafana's open source InfluxDB plugin. After you run a query from the Grafana UI, the open-source InfluxDB sends a back-end request to the Paragon Automation TSDB. The Paragon Automation TSDB sends the response in InfluxDB format.

Using the Grafana UI

You access the Grafana UI by selecting Monitoring>Graphs>Grafana from the Paragon Automation UI.

You can access Grafana by logging into the Paragon Insights UI. All logged in users can access and use Grafana and its features by clicking Monitoring>Graphs>Grafana.

You use dashboards to monitor the status and health of devices. Follow these steps to view existing dashboards or create new dashboards from the Grafana UI:

  • To create a dashboard, click (+) > Create > Dashboards > Add Panel from the right-nav panel.
  • To view existing dashboards, click Dashboards from the right-nav panel.