A source is a unique application, host, container, or instance that emits metrics. The source is explicitly set in the
source field of a Wavefront data format metric. For AWS integrations, the source is extracted from AWS service properties or dimensions.
Wavefront Query Language supports filtering by source and filtering by source tags.
To view and manage sources, select Browse > Sources.
You can view and manage sources from the source browser. It is possible to hide sources. While hidden sources are removed from autocomplete, they can still be used in a query when data values are present.
To browse and manage source
Add and Edit Source Descriptions
Source descriptions are a great way to add details, such as the role, availability zone, or running applications, to a source.
To add or edit a source description:
Hiding and Unhiding Sources
With more and more companies using dynamic services such as AWS, it’s typical to have sources constantly being spun up and shut down. When applying source filters to the Metrics browser or a ts() expression, this can lead to several sources being included in the autocomplete dropdown even when they are no longer reporting data. After 4 weeks of inactivity we remove those sources from the autocomplete dropdown, but you can also manually hide them from the UI or API.
Note: While hidden sources are removed from the autocomplete dropdown, those sources can still be used in a ts() query when data values are present.
To hide one or more sources:
To view hidden sources
Managing Source Tags
See Organizing with Tags.