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SolarWinds Orion 2017.1 feature: Performance Analysis dashboard

Updated: 3-15-2017

This release of the SolarWinds Orion Platform features the Performance Analysis (PerfStack™) dashboard. Use it to create troubleshooting projects that visually correlate historical time series data from multiple SolarWinds products and entity types in a single view to analyze issues, create ad-hoc reports, identify root causes of intermittent issues, and make data-driven decisions on infrastructure changes.

 

Want to learn more about PerfStack? Check out New Feature Training: Improved Troubleshooting Tools with NPM 12.2 and PerfStack, available at SolarWinds Academy.

 

Create charts with mismatched metric types: You can mix and match any kind of metric on the same chart, such as response times with how much memory is used, to try to identify where the slow down is.

Chart data from multiple SolarWinds products: Add metrics from different SolarWinds products, such as SAM and SRM, to the same chart or to individual charts within the same troubleshooting project to correlate information. For example, you may have a storage problem that affects your Exchange instance.

Chart data from all over your hybrid environment: If the data exists from supported SolarWinds products, you can visualize virtual, physical, and cloud data in the same troubleshooting project.

 

Search entities and metrics: As you build your chart, use the Search boxes to quickly find the entities and metrics you need.

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Easily share troubleshooting projects: After you have created the charts in your Performance Analysis dashboard required to identify an issue, copy and paste the URL into an email or IM to show the charts to other people in your organization.

Products that include Performance Analysis dashboards

  • NPM 12.1
  • SAM 6.4
  • VIM 7.1
  • NTA 4.2.2
  • SRM 6.4
  • WPM 2.2.1
  • EOC 2.0
  • DPAIM 11.1 (DPA integrated with the Orion Platform)
  • NCM 7.7
  • VNQM 4.4.1

If you have at least one of these products installed on the same server, you can access Performance Analysis dashboards. You may not be able to use all metrics that are collected if you attempt to pull data from older product versions.

Start troubleshooting issues

To start a new troubleshooting project, click My Dashboards > Home > Performance Analysis.

If you customize your dashboards, Performance Analysis might not be in the menu bar.  Go to User Accounts > Edit and see what you've used for HomeTab Menu bar.  Click My Dashboards > Configure, and add Performance Analysis to the menu bar you used in HomeTab Menu bar.

 

After you start a new troubleshooting project, add entities to populate your metric palette, and then drag and drop metrics to the chart space to start troubleshooting.

Identify intermittent network slowdowns 

Using data from NPM, you want to troubleshoot a slow connection. You discover a router that is intermittently dropping or delaying packets independent of bandwidth problems. Instead of creating custom charts or opening multiple pages in your browser to investigate the data, you can create a Performance Analysis project.

  1. In the Orion Web Console, select My Dashboards > Home > Performance Analysis.
  2. In the New Analysis Project, click Add Entities.

    Search and select the checkbox for the router with the issue.

  3. Select the router and find metrics to drag and drop onto the dashboard. 
    PerfStack_NPM_initial_data.png

  4. The data begins to paint a story that you can use to add more metrics and zero in on the issue. After you add and correlate Total Number of Buffer Misses to Buffer Misses due to No RAM, you notice where the problem is, and add in buffer miss sizes.PerfStack_NPM_med_buffer_misses.png

You determine that you should increase the buffer size or configure the router to have a larger boundary.

Identify application performance issues in the cloud

A Windows Server 2012 application on cloud instances is encountering degraded performance issues. Alerts from SAM trigger, sending information to your application owner, who escalates the issue to system and network administrators. Rather than digging into the alerts through Node Details pages for the monitored application, server, and network, you can create a new troubleshooting project to investigate the issue by laying alert metrics into the same dashboard.

  1. In the Orion Web Console, select My Dashboards > Home > Performance Analysis.
  2. In the New Analysis Project, click Add Entities.

    Search and select the checkbox for the Windows 2012 application in distress. Entering Windows gives a list of all monitored nodes, component monitors, and more with Windows in the name or type. Expand and select Types or Status to further filter the list.

    The selected application node displays in the Metric Palette.

  3. Select the Windows 2012 node and find metrics to drag and drop onto the dashboard.

  4. The data begins to show you where issues occurred. To further investigate, add the following metrics into another chart: Throughput Total: IO data from the virtual layer and IO data from the storage layer.

Analyzing the data, the issue looks to be a noisy neighbor. This gives your network and system administrators a direction for further investigation and resolving latency issues. Share the link with all system and network administrators to help resolve the issue and inform the application owner. Everyone can look over the data, add it to tickets, and verify changes as SAM polls after updates.

Learn more... 

To learn more about using PerfStack™, see your product administrator guide. 

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