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To help cloud users understand and respond to their VM and application performance, Abiquo 3.8 introduces Alarms and Alerts that will notify users by email when specified conditions are met in VM metrics. 

Which users can work with alarms and alerts?

There are four new privileges associated with alarms and alerts:

  • Manage alerts
  • Access alerts section
  • Manage alarms
  • Access alarms section in virtual machines

By default these privileges are only assigned to the cloud administrator role.


How do I work with alarms and alerts?

For each virtual machine of interest, to configure metrics and alarms:

  1. Edit the virtual machine
    1. On the Metrics tab
      1. Enable metrics
      2. Select the metrics of interest
      3. SAVE THE VM?
    2. On the Alarms tab
      1. Create alarms based on these metrics

For a group of one or more alarms, to configure an alert that will notify you of the activation of the alarm group:  

  1.  Open the virtual appliance Control page
    1. Create an alert
      1. Assign your alarms to the alert
      2. Enter the email address(es) to notify

Create an alarm




Name of the alarm. The name can contain up to 128 characters. You can create more than one alarm with the same name, but only if the alarms are for different metrics. However, in Abiquo 3.8.0, you will need to be able to identify the alarms by name when creating an alert.

DescriptionDescribe the alarm
Virtual machineVirtual machine name, which by default is the virtual machine template name. Display only
MetricEnable fetch metrics on the monitoring tab to retrieve metrics for evaluation of the alarm. When you enable the retrieval of metrics, Abiquo will retrieve all metrics, even if you do not select them for display on the monitoring tab. For your alarm, select one of the metrics available for the virtual machine. In Abiquo 3.8.1+, you do not need to display a metric to use it with an alarm, but it may be helpful to do so.


Elapsed time during which the platform will evaluate the alarm based on the statistic and the threshold. The minimum value is 60 seconds

Evaluation periods

Number of periods during which the platform will evaluate the alarm.


Statistic that the platform will use for evaluating the alarm:

  • average
  • maximum
  • minimum
  • sum
  • count
  • dev


Operator that the platform will use for evaluation of the alarm, for example, greater than. Values can be:

  • notequal
  • greaterthan
  • greaterthanorequalto
  • lessthan
  • lessthanorequalto
  • trendup
  • trenddown


Value that the platform will evaluate the alarm against, if appropriate

Create an alert






Name of the alert. The name can contain up to 128 characters

DescriptionDescribe the alert
MutedSelect this checkbox to disable notifications for this alert






On the Alarms tab, assign alarms to the alert. If all alarms are activated, the alert will notify the users registered on the Actions tab.


On the Actions tab, enter the email address(es) to notify if the alarms are activated.


Click Save.

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