Performance Dashboard

The Performance Dashboard is covered in the following topics:

The Performance Dashboard provides a high-level overview of synthetic testing.
 

Performance Dashboard UI

The Performance Dashboard presents a summary of test status and agent deployment information for the Synthetics tests created in your organization. The dashboard includes the following main UI elements:

  • Share (on SubNav): Opens the Share dialog to enable you to share the current view (see Sharing via the Share Dialog).
  • Actions (on SubNav): A drop-down menu from which you can choose to export the current view as a visual report (PDF) covering the page’s information. A notification appears when the PDF is ready to download.
  • Test Status Summary: A set of statistics on the health of tested links (see Test Status Summary).
  • Incident Log: A list of tests reporting a status of Critical or Warning (see Incident Log).
  • Network Performance Meshes: A user-defined set of mesh tests (see Network Performance Meshes).
  • Recently Added Tests: A list of your organization’s most recently added tests (see Recently Added Tests).
  • Agents: A breakdown by type of your organization’s currently deployed agents (see Agents Pane).
  • Credit Utilization: A breakdown of your organization’s usage of synthetics test credits (see Credit Utilization Pane).
 

Test Status Summary

The Test Status Summary pane at the top of the page provides statistics on the health of tested links. The pane includes a set of Status indicators — Critical (red), Warning (orange), Healthy (green) and Failing (gray) — that provide a count of the tests whose status (at present rather than during the currently selected time slice) falls into each of those states.

 

Incident Log

The Incident Log pane is covered in the following topics:

 
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About the Incident Log

The Incident Log lists the tests reporting a status of Critical or Warning during the current time slice of the currently specified time range. The time slice is set by hovering over the timeline. The timeline segment corresponding to the time slice over which you hover in the timeline will be outlined.

The Incident Log shows tests whose status was abnormal during the currently selected time slice.
 
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Incident Log UI

The pane includes the following indicators and controls:

  • Time Range: Indicates and also sets the time period covered by the timeline (see Time Range Control).
  • Timeline: A visual representation of the currently selected time range, made up of segments representing each time slice in the range. By default the latest segment (far right) is selected. Hovering anywhere on the timeline has the following effects:
    - Changes the selection to the segment under the hover.
    - Changes the tests listed in the Incident list (see below) to those that occurred in the time slice represented by the segment under the hover.
    - Opens a popup over the timeline that gives the start time and overall status of the selected slice.
  • Incidents: Indicates the number of Critical and Warning incidents during the currently selected time slice.
  • Time: Indicates the starting date-time of the currently selected time slice.
  • Incident list: A list of the tests whose status was either Critical or Warning during the currently selected time slice (see Incident List).
 
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Time Range Control

The Time Range control combines two functions:

  • An indicator that displays the current time range covered by the timeline.
  • A button that opens a popup that enables you to define the time range.

The popup includes the following controls:

  • Time Range: Two fields that each show a date-time, one for the start of the range and the other for the end. The fields are populated by clicking on the lookback list or on the calendars.
  • Apply: A button that applies the time range from the values in the start and end fields and hides the popup.
  • Cancel: A button that closes the popup and leaves the time range as it was before the popup was opened.
  • Lookback list: A list of durations. Click in the list to set the duration (shown in the time range fields above) for which the time range will look back from the present.
  • Calendars: Side-by-side monthly calendars that show the time range (if it spans more than one day) and enable you to change the range (shown in the time range fields above) by clicking on a date. The start and end days of the time range are indicated in blue, and the intervening days are indicated in light gray. The calendar controls include forward and back buttons to change the displayed months as well as drop-down selectors for month and year.
 
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Incident List

The Incident list is a table listing the tests with “incidents,” which means that the test’s status was either Critical or Warning during the currently selected time slice. The list includes the following columns:

  • Status: The status of the test during the currently selected time slice (see Synthetic Test Status).
  • State: Indicates one of the following incident states for the test:
    - Active: The test status became Critical or Warning before or during the time slice and remained so for the rest of the time slice.
    - Cleared: The test status became Critical or Warning before or during the time slice but returned to normal before the end of the time slice.
  • Test: The name of the test that had an incident.
  • Start: The date-time during the time slice at which the incident became Active (test status became Critical or Warning).
  • End: The date-time, if any, during the time slice at which the test status returned to normal (the incident state became Cleared).
 

Network Performance Meshes

The Network Performance Meshes pane shows up to eight matrices that each represents a mesh as defined in Synthetic Test Types.

Network Performance Meshes indicate status to and from the included agents.

This pane includes the following UI elements:

  • Show/Hide: A button at the upper right of the pane that enables you to set which of your meshes are displayed.
  • Meshes: One or more matrices, each representing a mesh. As with any matrix, these present agents in a grid in which every agent is tested to and from every other agent. Inside the cell at each intersection of two agents there are three dots, which represent the current latency, packet loss, and jitter results, respectively, for subtests between those two agents in a single direction. Hovering over a cell highlights the cell for the reverse direction and opens a popup detailing the subtest results for both directions. Clicking the title of a mesh takes you to that mesh's Test Details Page.
  • Details (opened when hovering on a cell): A popup providing current status and performance information from subtests between two agents in the mesh. The popup shows current latency, packet loss, and jitter statistics in both directions, and includes a View Test Details button that takes you to the corresponding Subtest Details Page.
 

Recently Added Tests

The Recently Added Tests pane lists the tests that were most recently defined in your organization. The list provides the following information for each test:

 

Agents Pane

The Agents pane provides counts of various kinds of agents in use by your organization (see About Synthetics Agents). The kinds of agents that are listed are the same as those described in Agents List Tabs.

 

Credit Utilization Pane

The Credit Utilization pane provides information about your use of Synthetic Test Credits.

  • Monthly Allocation: The total credits that are available to your organization this month (e.g. the credits-per-month purchased from Kentik in a SyntheticPak).
  • Actual Usage: The credits your organization has actually used so far this month.
  • Projected Total Usage: The credits Kentik expects your organization to use during this entire month based on the credits consumed by the tests that are currently active.
  • Projected Remaining: The credits from your organization's allocation for this month that will go unused if your actual usage matches your projected usage.

Note: To acquire additional test credits, please contact Customer Support.

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