This tutorial uses Wavefront sample data to get you started.
Note: If you’re new to Wavefront, this tutorial is for you. If you’re new to the Wavefront v2 UI (and you’re already familiar with Wavefront), have a look at What’s New in v2 instead.
To complete these tasks you need:
- Access to a Wavefront instance. If your company doesn’t have one, sign up for a free trial!
- Dashboard permission and Alert permission. Trial users have these permissions. If you’re not in a trial, your Wavefront administrator can grant the permissions if you don’t have them.
Review Sample Dashboards and Metrics
Your Wavefront instance includes tutorial and tour dashboards that we built using sample metrics. Let’s have a look at a tutorial dashboard.
Next, let's have a look at some metrics in the Metrics browser.
Create Dashboards and Charts With the Dashboard Builder
Use our Dashboard Builder drag-and-drop interface to quickly create a dashboard from your metrics. Start with an integration or browse all metrics, and create one or multiple charts.
Create Dashboards and Charts by Saving a Chart to a New Dashboard
Saving an existing chart to a new dashboard is another easy way to create a dashboard. We create a copy of the chart, and create new dashboard with the name and URL you specify.
This example uses a chart from our Tour Pro, which is a set of dashboards for exploring typical customer use cases. Tour Pro also includes a dashboard that monitors a sample cluster and one dashboard that monitors a single host.
|Step 1: Open the Sample Cluster Metrics dashboard.|
|Step 2: Open a chart in the dashboard.|
The stacked area chart opens in the chart editor. This chart displays the query:
The query returns the total number of requests (~sample.requests.total.num) metric, filtered by availability zone and environment. The last() function fills in any gaps in data with the last known value of the metric.
|Step 3: Add the chart to a new dashboard.|
|Step 4: Edit the chart in the cloned dashboard.|
The chart is currently using variables to determine what to display. Let's simplify the chart to show only metrics for the dev environment, and experiment with chart types.
For an introduction, see the Chart Builder page.
Create an Alert
In this section you create an alert that fires when the request latency metric reaches a certain threshold. One way to create an alert is directly from a chart.
|Step 1: Create the alert.|
|Step 2: Customize the alert.|
|Step 3: Observe and snooze the alert.|
Our doc set includes concept videos, how-to videos, and more!
Use the search box in the top right – or look at some of the most popular docs in the set.
Getting Started Docs
Click a tile for doc about integrating with Wavefront, visualizing your data, refining what you see with queries, and alerting with Wavefront.
Release notes summarize the features added to each release and changes to existing features.
Query Language Docs
Wavefront Chart Builder offers an easy select-and-refine interface that lets you fine tune what your charts display.
Advanced users further refine charts and alerts with Wavefront Query Language. Click on the green bar in a tile for a query language page.
Wavefront offers an onboarding (Getting Started) workflow, tutorial and tour dashboards, in-product help, videos, docs, and other resources.
|The Getting Started onboarding flow gives a overview of the Wavefront architecture, and a preview of dashboards and alerts. All trial users go through this flow before they can continue using Wavefront.|
|The in-product Tutorial dashboards get you started. You explore dashboards and charts that show sample metrics and make temporary modifications. More advanced users can explore the Tour Pro. Here, we're showing how to solve problems such as finding anomalous events. The tour uses sample data but is based on actual customer problems.|
|The in-product help on the right of each screen introduces what you're looking at (e.g. charts or alerts) and has links to more info.|
|This doc set (docs.wavefront.com) has in-depth information about many different aspects of the product. Use the TOC on the left, the Search bar in the top right or the tiles to find what you're looking for.|
|Developers like the Interactive Query Language Exporer dashboard to learn about all functions by looking at an example.|
Once you’re familiar with the basics, you can send your own data to Wavefront and start your journey!