Use Smart View to view graphs and charts of an entity's metrics and events during the time range you select, whether minutes or months past. Unlike dashboards, which you create, Zenoss Cloud provides Smart View pages for every entity in your environment.
On Smart View pages, you can view information about all the entities on which the anchor entity depends, either in a ranked list of cards or in an interactive dependency graph. SmartView leverages AI to prioritize the most important graphs and any anomalous metric data so it's front and center for you to investigate. This unique combination of relevant information makes Smart View pages an apt tool for investigating infrastructure and service issues.
Opening Smart View
You can examine an entity's Smart View page from several locations:
On a dashboard, click on an entity name in the legend of a metric tile.
On a device page in Collection Zone, click Open in Smart View.
On the Smart View page, enter an entity name in the search field.
Tour of the Smart View page
When you open Smart View, you’ll notice that the Smart View page is sectioned into two panes: one for the anchor entity and the other for related entities. Use the slider between the panes to adjust the size of each.
The header across the top applies to both panes. The header includes the split view (vertical or horizontal) buttons and the time range controls. The default split view is vertical split (side-by-side).
The anchor entity pane contains the primary entity that you are investigating in Smart View. In the default view, the anchor entity pane is on the left.
The related entities pane contains views of entities on which the anchor entity either depends or is related to. In the default view, the related entities pane is on the right.
Changing the time range
When investigating, you first might want to set the time range. In Smart View pages, the default time range is the past 24 hours. You can change the time range using one of several methods:
- by using the time range buttons,
- by moving the time slider in the primary metric card, or
- by clicking an anomaly visualization in the primary metric card.
Set the time range to determine which entities are shown in the related entities pane and which data points are used in metric graphs.
Use the left side of the header to view the navigation path. Use the right side to control how information is presented.
|1||Navigation path||The breadcrumb or navigation path sets your view. It shows you which entity is currently in focus as the anchor entity on the Smart View page. You can change the anchor entity. For example, if you wanted to explore a related event, you can select to move it to the main pane. The navigation path shows the selected event as the anchor event and the Smart View page displays information for this new anchor event.|
|2||Split view||Select the display view for the anchor entity and the related entities panes. The default view is side-by-side (vertical split) and the alternate view is over-under (horizontal split).|
|3||Share and Refresh buttons||Click the Share button to open a dialog box where you can select options for the time range for the page and copy the link of the page to share with other users. Click the Refresh button to refresh the page immediately. Optionally, open the dropdown menu to set the refresh interval and default behavior, automatic or manual.|
|4||Time range||The time range controls provide a variety of ways to change the time range whenever you wish. When you change the time range, Zenoss Cloud updates all the model and metric information on the page.|
Tour of the Anchor entity pane
On the anchor entity pane, you can view details about the selected anchor entity, examine the severity of its events, and investigate primary and secondary metrics. The anchor entity pane includes the following sections:
|1||Information header||The anchor entity information, including name, link for details, and specified time range.|
|2||Events card||The collapsed view of the events card which includes the event status indicators and the event timeline. Click the arrow on the right of the name to expand the card and view the events in a column chart.|
|3||Primary metric card||The primary metric card features a graph of the metric and a time slider. Like the time range controls in the header, the time slider in this card controls the time range of all Smart View graphs.|
|4||Secondary metric cards||Secondary metric cards. You can promote a secondary metric to the primary metric card and vote on its relevance.|
|5||All metric cards||A group of cards of sparkline graphs illustrating the metrics that are associated with the anchor entity.|
Let's take a closer look at some of these key features.
An events card summarizes the events associated with an anchor entity during the current time range. Use the events card in your investigations of problems, for example:
- Are specific event classes or event names correlated with performance metric changes?
- Is Collection Zone configured to take action when problem conditions are present?
- Does monitoring need to be adjusted?
When you open the events card in the Related entities pane, you are viewing related events, not anchor events.
When the events card is collapsed, you can view the events timeline and the events severity status icons. The events timeline represents each event that occurred during the current time range with a column. The event severity status icons show the total number of each event severity in the current time range. The status icons are interactive: select a severity to include or exclude events. The severity status icons determine how the events appear on the anchor entity pane and all related entity cards.
When the events card is expanded, you can view the events in a density column chart. The column chart shows events grouped by the category you select. Options include Event severity, Event name, and Event group. The default setting is Event severity.
In the column chart, the current time range is divided into 24 equal periods, but the event rate varies. For example, a full 24 hour period shows an event rate per hour, while a full week shows an event rate per 6 hours.
The chart represents the total number of events during each period with separate columns (or no column) color-coded to correspond to event severity, event name, or event class. Hover your mouse over each column to view the details in a popup.
Primary metric card
On Smart View pages, the primary metric card is the first metric card on the anchor card during the current time range.
An AI assistant selects a metric for the primary metric card using the following factors:
The number of upvotes a metric has received from others in your organization, from you, and from other users in other organizations.
You can use the voting icons (thumbs up/thumbs down) to influence the sort order of a metric. Click the thumbs-up icon to increase the metric’s importance or the thumbs-down icon to decrease the importance.The metric with the highest score is placed in the primary metric card, and the remaining metrics are arranged in descending order below the primary metric card.
For key metrics, whether the data was anomalous during the current time range.
The metric with the highest score is placed in the primary metric card, and the remaining metrics are arranged in descending order below the primary metric card.
When you select the Show events check box, Smart View displays events on all metric cards in the anchor entity pane.
You can also change the time range at the bottom of the primary metric card. Move the start time and end time sliders to adjust to your specific time range. The graph in all the metrics update to reflect your new time range.
Edit the metric dictionary entry
In the primary metric card, you can edit the dictionary entry of a metric.
In the top-right of the card, click the vertical ellipsis (⋮).
On the menu that opens, click Metric Dictionary. The Metric dictionary info dialog box opens.
Use the metric dictionary editor to edit the entry and save your changes.
Metric card features
You can perform the following tasks on both the primary and secondary metric cards:
View anomaly shields
On metric cards, anomaly shield icons appear on the left side of metric names. They indicate whether a metric is a key metric, and if it is a key metric, its anomaly status. Use the table below to identify anomaly shields for your metrics.
|The metric is not a key metric.|
|The metric is a key metric. However, either there is not enough historical data to train a model or no anomalies have been detected during the current time range.|
|The metric is a key metric and anomalies have been detected during the current time range.|
Typically, the primary metric tile contains a key metric because an AI assistant prioritizes the most important metrics.
Copy the metric ID
In the top-left of the card, click the clipboard icon to copy the metric ID to your machine's clipboard.
Vote on the metric’s importance
Use the voting icons (thumbs up/thumbs down) to influence the sort order of this metric card.
- Click the thumbs-up icon to increase the metric’s importance
- Click the thumbs-down icon to decrease the importance.
The metric with the highest score is placed in the primary metric card, and the remaining metrics are arranged in descending order below the primary metric card.
Promote a secondary metric card
In the top-right of the card, click the box icon to promote the secondary metric card to the primary metric card.
Create tile on a dashboard
In the top-right of the card, click the vertical ellipsis (⋮) and select Create tile on. Select if you want to create the metric card as a tile on a New Dashboard or My Dashboard.
Tour of the Related entities pane
The related entities pane displays one of three views of the entities or events on which an anchor entity depends.
- Tile view contains one card for each entity on which an anchor entity depends. Tile view is the default view.
- Dependency view contains an interactive, hierarchical graph of dependent entities.
- Event view contains the collapsed or expanded event card at the top of the pane and a table of the related events.
If an anchor entity doesn't have any dependent entities during the current time range, the related entities area is empty. Note that card views might include a parent entity, but dependency views do not.
A tile view displays a grid of individual cards containing information about each entity on which an anchor entity depends. The cards are arranged by relevance to the anchor entity, from top to bottom and left to right.
|1||Entity name and types||Name of the entity name and the associated types.|
|2||Move to main panel icon and voting buttons||Use this action button to make an entity in the related entities area the anchor entity, which moves it to the anchor card. When you move your pointer over the area to the left of the action button, the upvote and downvote icons appear. Use these buttons to promote or demote an entity's relevance to the anchor entity.|
|3||Events timeline||The events timeline. Click this timeline to examine its details in the anchor entity pane.|
|4||Metric sparklines||Most relevant metrics in sparkline graphs. The metrics within each card use the same time range as all other metrics on a Smart View page.|
|5||ZR Index||The ZR INDEX number is an AI-calculated score at the bottom of the card. Zenoss Cloud uses the numbers to arrange the cards from most relevant to least relevant during the current time range. When the time range changes, the arrangement of the cards is recalculated and changed as needed. See ZR Index numbers for more information.|
When you select the Dependency view, you can view an interactive, hierarchical graph of the entities on which an anchor entity depends. The initial display shows the anchor entity and its immediate dependencies. When you move your pointer over an entity's box, you can view information about the entity.
Each entity box contains its name and an icon. If any open event associated with the entity during the current time range has a severity level of Critical, Error, or Warning, then an event status icon also appears.
Let's take a closer look at the entity box and its dependencies.
|1||Anchor entity box||When you select the Dependency view, the anchor entity is in focus. The upper-right corner of the box features a white circle icon, which indicates that this entity is currently the anchor entity. You can view details in the anchor entity pane for any entity in the hierarchical graph. To do so, click the entity box in the graph. The anchor entity pane refreshes with details of the selected entity and the selected entity box now features the white circle icon.|
|2||Dependent entity box||Dependent entities cascade from the anchor entity. In the upper-right corner of the dependent entity box is the Move to main panel action button. When you click this box, Zenoss Cloud promotes the dependent entity to the anchor entity and updates both the anchor card and the dependency view.|
|3||Query trigger (arrow) below entity box||To discover additional dependencies, click the query trigger (down arrow symbol) below a dependency. Zenoss Cloud queries its database and displays the dependencies it finds. The arrow is replaced with the number of discovered dependencies. If no dependencies are found, the query trigger disappears.|
When you select Event view, you can view the anchor entity events in the collapsed or expanded event card at the top of the page and view details of the related events in a table below. Note that the pane title changes to “Related events”. You can click an event in the table to view it in the Events console for further discovery.
|1||Pane name||When you select Event view, the pane name changes from Related entities to Related events.|
|2||Related events card||Summarizes the events related to the anchor entity during the current time range. You can open or close the related events card. See Events card for more information.|
|3||Related events table||The related events are listed in a table format so you can easily view status, severity, name, summary, and the last updated time. You can also use the action button to further explore the event in the Events console.|
The Event view assists you in your investigation. Use the Related events table to view the following types of information at a quick glance.
|Status||The current status of the event, such as Open or Closed.|
|Severity||The severity level for the event. Levels include Critical, Error, Warning, Info, and Debug. The total number of each severity level is listed in the severity status icon bar above the table.|
|Entity name||Name of the entity for this related event. Click the name to go to the Events console.|
|Summary||A description of the event.|
|Last Updated||Most recent time that the event occurred.|
|Actions||To drill-down further on an event, click the arrow in the Actions column to go to the Events console.|
ZR INDEX numbers
Each related entity tile includes an AI-calculated score, its ZR INDEX number, at the bottom of the tile. Zenoss Cloud uses the numbers to arrange the tiles from most relevant to least relevant during the current time range. When the time range changes, the arrangement of the tiles is recalculated and changed as needed.
When you hover your pointer over a ZR INDEX number, Zenoss Cloud displays a summary of the factors that played a role in calculating the number.
The following factors are used in calculating ZR INDEX numbers:
- Are there any critical or error events during the current time range? If so, critical events are weighted three times more heavily than error events.
- Were any anomalies detected during the current time range?
- Has the entity been upvoted or downvoted?
- How many nodes are between the entity and the anchor entity (in the directed acyclic graph of the anchor entity)?
The Zenoss Cloud AI judges each factor to calculate ZR INDEX numbers. In theory, a ZR INDEX number could be 100, but scores greater than 40 are rare. Multiple downvotes can result in negative ZR INDEX numbers.