The efficiency widget is the status of the efficiency-related alerts for the objects it is configured to monitor. Efficiency alerts in vRealize Operations Manager usually indicate that you can reclaim resources. You can create one or more efficiency widgets for objects that you add to your custom dashboards.

How the Efficiency Widget Works

You can add the efficiency widget to one or more custom dashboards and configure it to display data that is important to the dashboard users.

The state of the badge is based on your alert definitions. Click the badge to see the Summary tab for objects or groups configured in the widget. From the Summary tab you can begin determining what caused the current state. If the widget is configured for an object that has descendants, you should also check the state of descendants. Child objects might have alerts that do not impact the parent.

If the Badge Mode configuration option is set to Off, the badge and a chart appears. The type of chart depends on the object that the widget is configured to monitor.

  • A population criticality chart displays the percentage of group members with critical, immediate, and warning efficiency alerts generated over time, if the monitored object is a group.

  • A trend line displays the efficiency status of the monitored object over time if the object does not provide its resources to any other object, or where no other object depends on the monitored object's resources. For example, if the monitored object is a virtual machine or a distributed switch.

  • A pie chart displays the reclaimable, stress, and optimal percentages for the virtual machines that are descendants of the monitored object for all other object types. You use the chart to identify objects in your environment from which you can reclaim resources. For example, of the objet is a host or datastore.

If the Badge Mode is set to On, only the badge appears.

Where You Find the Efficiency Widget

The widget might be included on any of your custom dashboards. In the left pane, click Home to see your configured dashboards.

The data that appears in the widget depends on how you configured it. To configure the widget, click the pencil on the title bar to configure the settings.

Table 1. Efficiency Widget

Option

Description

Efficiency Badge

Status of the objects configured for this instance of the widget.

Click the badge to open the Alerts tab for the object that provides data to the widget.

Badge Trend

Displays a chart, depending on the selected or configured object. The charts vary, depending on whether the monitored object is a group, a descendent object, or an object that provides resources to other objects. The chart appears only if the Badge Mode configuration option is set to Off. If the Badge Mode is on, only the badge appears.