The SE analytics provides the insights into various performance metrics over a designated period.

The SE analytics comprises of the following sections:

For more information on metrics, see SE Metrics.

Chart Pane

The chart pane displays a detailed historical chart of the selected Metric Tile for the current virtual service, pool, or SE. Point anywhere in the chart to display the results for that selected time in a pop-up window. Click within the chart to freeze the pop-up at that point in time. This helps to anchor a data point when the chart scrolls leftward with updates over time.

The radio buttons in the top right are used to customize the data that need to be excluded from the chart.

Overlays Pane

The overlays pane allows you to overlay icons signifying important events within the timeline of the chart pane. This feature helps you correlate anomalies, alerts, configuration changes, and system events according to the changes in traffic patterns.

Clicking an Overlay button toggles the overlay items in the chart pane. Each overlay item lists the number of instances of that event type within the selected period. Clicking each overlay item will display additional data below the Overlay Item bar.



The items available in the overlay pane are:

Item Name

Description

Anomalies

Display anomalous traffic events, such as a spike in server response time, with corresponding metrics collected during that period.

Alerts

Displays filtered system-level events that are critical enough to notify an administrator.

Config Events

Display configuration events, which track configuration changes made to the NSX Advanced Load Balancer by an administrator or an automated process.

System Events

Display system events, which are raw data points or metrics of interest.

System events can be noisy, and are best used by alerts which filter and classify these raw events by severity.

Anomalies Overlay

The Anomalies Overlay displays the periods of abnormal traffic detection based on its moving averages. Changing the time interval will provide greater granularity and potentially show more anomalies. Selecting the Anomalies Overlay check box displays yellow icons in the chart pane. Clicking on a yellow icon will display additional information related to that anomaly as shown below:



Name

Description

Timestamp

Date and time when the anomaly was detected. It might either span the entire duration of the anomaly or merely be near the same time window. 

Type

The specific metric deviating from the norm during the anomaly period.

To be included, the metric deviation must be greater than 4 sigma. Numerous metrics, such as CPU utilization, bandwidth, or disk I/O might trigger anomalous events.

Entity

Name of the specific object that is reporting this metric.

Entity Type

Type of entity that caused the anomaly. This might be one of the following:

  • Virtual Machine (server): These metrics require NSX Advanced Load Balancer to be configured for either read or write access to the virtualization orchestrator such as vCenter or OpenStack. 

  • Virtual Service

  • SE

Metric Value

The value of the metric.

Anomalous Value

Value of the anomaly.

Prediction Interval

Acceptable range for the metric.

During times of abnormal traffic, the NSX Advanced Load Balancer records any deviations and provides insights into the root cause of the anomaly.

Note:

Anomalies are not recorded if the statistics interval is set to Real Time in the Displaying drop-down menu.

Alerts Overlay

Alerts Overlay displays the results of any events that meet the filtering criteria defined by Operations > Alerts. It notifies the administrators about critical information or changes to a site that requires immediate attention.

Alerts are transitory, as they will expire after a defined time. For instance,NSX Advanced Load Balancer might generate an alert if a server is down and then allow that alert to expire after a specified duration once the server comes back online. The original event remains available for troubleshooting purposes later. Clicking the Alerts icon in the Overlay Items bar displays any red alerts in the chart pane. Selecting one of these chart alerts will display the below information under the Overlay Items bar:

Name

Description

Timestamp

Indicates when the alert occurred.

Resource Name

Name of the object that is reporting the alert.

SeverityLevel

Use the priority level to determine whether additional notifications should occur, such as sending an email to administrators or sending a log to Syslog servers. The three severity levels are:

  • High: red

  • Medium: yellow

  • Low: blue

Summary

Briefly describes the event.

Actions

Dismiss the alert to remove it from the list and also remove the corresponding alert icon from the chart pane. Dismissing an alert here is the same as dismissing it through the bell icon at the top of the screen next to the health score or dismissing it using the Alerts tab.

Edit

Opens the alert filter configuration, which can be modified to make NSX Advanced Load Balancer more or less sensitive to generating new alerts.

Expand/Contract

Clicking the plus (+) or minus sign (-) for an alert either expands or contracts a sub-table showing more detail about the alert. This will typically show the original events that triggered the alert.

Configuration Events Overlay

The Config Events overlay displays configuration events, like changing the NSX Advanced Load Balancer configuration by adding, deleting, or modifying a pool, virtual service, or SE, or an object related to the object being inspected. If traffic dropped off at precisely 10:00 a.m., and at that time an administrator made a change to the virtual services security settings, the cause of the change in traffic was due to the (mis)configuration.

Clicking the Config Events icon in the Overlay Items bar displays any blue Config Event icons in the chart pane. Selecting one of these icons will display the following information below the Overlay Items bar:

Field Name

Description

Timestamp

Date and time when the configuration change occurred.

Event Type

Always be scoped to configuration event types.

Resource Name

Name of the object that has been modified.

Event Code

There are three event codes:

  • CONFIG_CREATE

  • CONFIG_UPDATE

  • CONFIG_DELETE

Description

Brief description of the event.

+/- (Expand/Contract)

Expands or contracts a sub-table showing additional detail about the event.

When expanded, It shows a color-coded comparison of the previous configuration and the new configuration, as follows:

  • Additions to the configuration, such as adding a health monitor, will be highlighted in green in the new configuration.

  • Removing a setting will be highlighted in red in the previous configuration.

  • Changing an existing setting will be highlighted in yellow in both the previous and new configurations.

System Events Overlay

This overlay displays the system events relevant to the current object, such as a server changing status from UP to DOWN or the health score of a virtual service changing from 50 to 100.

Clicking the System Events icon in the Overlay Items bar displays System Event icons in the chart pane. Clicking any System Event icon in the chart pane displays a detailed table of information with the below columns:

Field Name

Description

Timestamp

Date and time when the system even occurred.

Resource Name

Name of the object that triggered the event.

Resource Type

Type of resource involved, e.g., virtual service, pool, pool server, etc.

Event Code

High-level definition of the event, such as SERVER_HEALTH_DEGRADED, POOL_HEALTH_DEGRADED, or VS_UP.

Description

Brief of the system event.

+/-

Expands or contracts the detailed information of an event.