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Glossary

action

The process of sending a one-way message (notification) to a receiving application.

See also: action service

action service

The service that sends one-way messages (notifications) when it finds changes in your environment.

See also: destination, rule, trigger

anchor card

The primary area of a Smart View page.

The anchor card displays graphs of the most important metrics of the anchor entity over a range of time.

anchor entity

The primary subject of a Smart View page, shown in the anchor card.

See also: entity

API Client

A named object for managing one or more authentication keys for Zenoss API clients.

For more information, see Authentication keys for Zenoss API clients.

Collection Zone

(Zenoss Cloud) A set of collectors and an interface for managing devices.

collector

A named group of Collection Zone services that gather availability, performance, or model data about devices.

Collectors use generic protocols (ICMP, SNMP) or customized protocols (API calls) to gather data.

dashboard

A grid of tiles that displays key indicators of a set of entities over a range of time.

For more information, see Dashboards (Zenoss Cloud) or Collection Zone dashboards.

dashboard scope

The set of entities a dashboard includes, defined by a query. The query combines sources of data with optional filters.

Synonym: scope

dashboard tile

A customizable visualization of one or more key performance or availability indicators.

Synonym: tile

data source

(Collection Zone) A query that uses a specific protocol to request one or more metrics from a device or application.

For example, to gather system uptime from a Linux host, an SNMP data source requests a specific OID, and an SSH data source runs the uptime command.

destination

The target of an action; the receiving application of a one-way message (notification).

See also: action, rule, trigger

device

(Collection Zone) A physical or virtual system, or a virtual or cloud infrastructure, from which a Collection Zone gathers availability, performance, and model data.

Example systems include servers, routers, storage systems, and switches. Example infrastructures include Amazon Web Services, VMware vCloud, and Microsoft Azure.

See also: entity, device component

device class

(Collection Zone) The base set of properties that characterize a group of devices. A device may belong to only one device class.

Device class properties identify the data to collect and the protocol for collecting data.

device component

(Collection Zone) Resources that belong to a specific device, or processes that run on a specific device.

For example, file systems, applications, and network interfaces are device components.

See also: entity

dimension attribute

(Streaming data) An entity attribute that contributes to uniquely identifying an entity.

The value of a dimension attribute cannot change.

See also: metadata attribute

Synonym: dimension

discovery

(Collection Zone) The process of identifying device components.

The results of discovery are used to populate the model.

entity

An object that represents any discrete system, process, or feature for which Zenoss Cloud gathers or is sent time series data.

See also: device, device component

Synonym: managed resource

event

A structured message that is sent to the event processing service.

External events are solicited (for example, through ZenPacks) or unsolicited (through SNMP traps or syslog). Internal events are created in response to failed pings, threshold evaluations, and other occurrences.

event class

(Collection Zone) A named set of properties that define a category of events, and a set of event rules.

event rule

(Collection Zone) A Python expression that the event processing service uses to determine whether to change the class of an event.

For more information, see Event mapping and transforms.

graph

A diagram of the relationships among data points, thresholds, or both, over a specific period of time.

key metric

A metric that is analyzed with anomaly identification algorithms.

For more information, see the list key metrics.

metadata

A set of properties that describe a time series of a specific entity.

metadata attribute

(Streaming data) Any entity attribute that is not a dimension attribute.

The value of a metadata attribute can change.

See also: dimension attribute

metric

A measurement that quantifies an entity property or phenomenon.

Example metrics include input/output operations per second (IOPS), CPU utilization, network interface throughput, and the amount of free space on a block device.

model

The determinate characteristics of an entity, including its relationships with other entities, if any.

monitoring template

(Collection Zone) A named object that associates data sources, thresholds, and graph definitions with a device or device component. For devices, a monitoring template also includes a device class.

Monitoring templates define what and how to monitor, and how to present data points.

notification

(Zenoss Cloud) A one-way message.

(Collection Zone) A named object that associates one or more triggers with an action. Example actions include sending email to a list of recipients and running a command.

See also: action, destination, trigger, rule

organizer

An implicit or explicit way to group devices.

Device classes are implicit organizers. Explicit organizers enable arbitrary groupings of devices and device components in the Collection Zone interface.

For more information, see Organizers.

primary metric tile

On Smart View pages, the first metric tile on the anchor card.

For more information, see Primary metric tile.

An entity that has a dependency relationship with another entity.

rule

A combination of one or more triggers, one or more destinations, and a customized message.

See also: action, destination, trigger

scope

A query that defines the set of entities that a dashboard includes. The query combines sources of data with optional filters.

Synonym: dashboard scope

series

One or more data points in a specific time range; typically, metric data points.

Smart View

An AI-assisted tool for investigating the root cause of infrastructure or application issues, whether minutes or months past.

For more information, see Smart View.

Smart View tile

A visualization in Smart View of an entity, events, or the data points of a metric.

streaming data

Data that does not necessarily have a model associated with it before it comes into Zenoss Cloud.

Zenoss Cloud normalizes streaming data, builds models from inferences about the data, and records data points.

See also: collector

threshold

(Collection Zone) A named object that specifies the boundary value and comparison operator for the data points of a metric.

Collection Zone services consider thresholds when metric data is received and create events when a data point satisfies one or more comparisons.

tile

A rectangular area of a Smart View or dashboard.

trigger

(Zenoss Cloud) A query that specifies the criteria for initiating actions.

(Collection Zone) A named set of rules (Boolean expressions) that the event processing service uses to examine events.

See also: action, destination, rule, notification

view

A virtual table defined by one or more queries.

Views are used in data warehouse services like Google BigQuery.