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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 THE PRIVILEGES AFFECT THE DISPLAY?

How do I create alarms and alerts?

Within your virtual appliance, you can create alarm conditions for different virtual machines and combine them to create an alert.

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

  1. Edit the virtual machine and open the Metrics tab
    1. Enable metrics
    2. Select the metrics of interest
    3. Save the virtual machine to register the metrics
  2. Edit the virtual machine again and open the Alarms tab (or open the virtual appliance and select the Control tab)
    1. Create alarms based on metrics
    2. Save the virtual machine to register the alarms

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 and select the Control tab
    1. Create an alert
      1. Assign alarms to the alert
      2. Enter the email address(es) to notify

Create an alarm

Field

Description

Name

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.

Period

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

Statistic that the platform will use for evaluating the alarm:

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

Formula

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

Threshold

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

Create an alert

 

 

Field

Description

Name

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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