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, if the object is a host or datastore.

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

Edit an efficiency widget after you add it to a dashboard. The changes you make to the options create a custom widget that provides information about an individual object, a custom group of objects, or all the objects in your environment.

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.

To customize the data that appears in the dashboard widget, click Content > Dashboards. On the Dashboards toolbar, click the Add icon to add a dashboard or the Edit icon to edit the selected dashboard. In the Dashboard workspace, on the left, click Widget List, and drag a widget to the right pane of the dashboard. On the title bar of the selected widget, click the Edit icon to access the configuration options.

To configure a widget, click the Edit icon on the widget title bar.

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.

Table 1. Efficiency Widget Configuration Options

Option

Description

Title

Enter a custom title that identifies this widget from other instances that are based on the same widget template.

Refresh Content

Enable or disable the automatic refreshing of the data in this widget.

If not enabled, the widget is updated only when the dashboard is opened or when you click the Refresh button on the widget in the dashboard.

Refresh Interval

If you enable the Refresh Content option, specify how often to refresh the data in this widget .

Self Provider

Indicates whether the objects for which data appears in the widget are defined in the widget or provided by another widget.

  • On. You define the objects for which data appears in the widget.

  • Off. You configure other widgets to provide the objects to the widget using the dashboard widget interactions options.

Selected Object

Object that is the basis for the widget data.

This text box is populated by the object you select in the Objects list.

Badge Mode

Determines whether the widget displays only the badge, or the badge and a weather map or trend chart.

Select one of the following options:

  • On. Only the badge appears in the widget.

  • Off. The badge and a chart appear in the widget. The chart provides additional information about the state of the object.

Objects List

List of objects in your environment that you can search or sort by column so that you can locate the object on which you are basing the data that appears in the widget.

If you select an object in the list, the object becomes the selected object for the widget.