See an overview of your infrastructure

In Netdata Cloud, your nodes are organized into War Rooms. One of the two available views for a War Room is the Overview, which uses composite charts to display real-time, aggregated metrics from all the nodes (or a filtered selection) in a given War Room.

With Overview's composite charts, you can see your infrastructure from a single pane of glass, discover trends or anomalies, then drill down with filtering or single-node dashboards to see more. In the screenshot below, each chart visualizes average or sum metrics values from across 5 distributed nodes.

The War Room
Overview

Using the Overview

⚠️ In order for nodes to contribute to composite charts, and thus the Overview UI, they must run v1.26.0 or later of the Netdata Agent. See our update docs for the preferred update method based on how you installed the Agent.

The Overview uses roughly the same interface as local Agent dashboards or single-node dashboards in Netdata Cloud. By showing all available metrics from all your nodes in a single interface, Netdata Cloud helps you visualize the overall health of your infrastructure. Best of all, you don't have to worry about creating your own dashboards just to get started with infrastructure monitoring.

Let's walk through some examples of using the Overview to monitor and troubleshoot your infrastructure.

Filter nodes and pick relevant times

While not exclusive to Overview, you can use two important features, node filtering and the time & date picker, to widen or narrow your infrastructure monitoring focus.

By default, the Overview shows composite charts aggregated from every node in the War Room, but you can change that behavior on an ad-hoc basis. The node filter allows you to create complex queries against your infrastructure based on the name, OS, or services running on nodes. For example, use (name contains aws AND os contains ubuntu) OR services == apache to show only nodes that have aws in the hostname and are Ubuntu-based, or any nodes that have an Apache webserver running on them.

The time & date picker helps you visualize both small and large timeframes depending on your goals, whether that's establishing a baseline of infrastructure performance or targeted root cause analysis of a specific anomaly.

For example, use the Quick Selector options to pick the 12-hour option first thing in the morning to check your infrastructure for any odd behavior overnight. Use the 7-day option to observe trends between various days of the week.

See the War Rooms docs for more details on both features.

Configure composite charts to identify problems

Let's say you notice an interesting spike in disk I/O between 14:42:56 and 14:47:08. Highlight the anomalous area using ALT/⌘ + mouse selection, then zoom in with SHIFT + mouse selection to synchronize all composite charts around this potentially problematic area.

A disk I/O composite chart with smart
defaults

By default, the Disk I/O Bandwidth (disk.io) composite chart displays the sum of all dimensions (reads and writes) from all nodes in that War Room. This smart default helps you identify anomalous behavior, but doesn't necessarily provide the full picture. Let's say you want to understand the severity of disk writes. Use the definition bar to change the aggregate function to min (because the writes dimension is on the negative axis), and display only the writes dimension.

A disk I/O composite chart after changing the aggregate
function

Because you're now looking at the largest magnitude of change on your infrastructure, you know a single node experienced 31 MiB/s in disk writes. By first using the Overview to gather baseline data, identify anomalies, and use aggregate functions to your advantage, you've proactively recognized single-node issues using an infrastructure-wide interface.

Drill down to single-node dashboards

Overview helps you take the investigation further with quick access to single-node dashboards in Netdata Cloud.

Click on X Charts of any composite chart's definition bar to display a dropdown of contributing contexts and nodes contributing. Click on the link icon next to a given node to quickly jump to the same chart in that node's single-node dashboard in Netdata Cloud.

The charts dropdown in a composite
chart)

You can use single-node dashboards in Netdata Cloud to drill down on specific issues, scrub backward in time to investigate historical data, and see like metrics presented meaningfully to help you troubleshoot performance problems. All of the familiar interactions are available, as is adding any chart to a new dashboard.

Using the above example, one of the single-node dashboards reveals similar spike in disk I/O. Interestingly enough, it also shows a maximum disk write of 31 MiB/s at the exact same moment as the composite chart in Overview.

A single-node disk I/O chart in Netdata
Cloud

You now know that this particular node, during this particular time, experienced anomalous behavior. In this case, the root cause of the disk I/O spike was due to updating the Netdata Agent itself, which is also the cause of the subsequent gap in metrics history.

Nodes view

You can also use the Nodes view to monitor the health status and user-configurable key metrics from multiple nodes in a War Room. Read the Nodes view doc for details.

The Nodes view

What's next?

To troubleshoot complex performance issues using Netdata, you need to understand how to interact with its meaningful visualizations. Learn more about interaction to see historical metrics, highlight timeframes for targeted analysis, and more.

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