How MetricsView Works

After installing the MetricsView software (for example, MetricsView Agent) on the target machine, the Dotcom-Monitor service polls the MetricsView Agent at a specified frequency. The data from the polling is aggregated based on the frequency of monitoring.

Data is polled from the machine where the MetricsView Agent is installed, as well as from any machine available for authorization from the MetricsView Agent.

In order to get performance statistics from remote nodes, a machine with an installed MetricsView Agent also needs to have rights as an “administrator,” or “performance monitor users” group.

Measure Windows Performance Counters

MetricsView Monitoring for Windows servers provides users with the ability to monitor a test, or production environment, using data from the Windows Performance Counter (WPC).  There are dozens of different data counters, such as memory, processing, and the cache captured by the Windows Performance Counter.  MetricsView, in turn, applies a monitoring framework to the Windows Performance Counter data.

Measure Linux Performance Counters

MetricsView Linux Monitoring service allows users to set thresholds for system data from Collectd performance counters and set alerts when those thresholds are exceeded.

Measure SNMP Data

MetricsView agents can also subscribe to and monitor SNMP capable devices using SNMP v1, v2, or v3.  To subscribe to SNMP v1 and v2 devices, you can specify a community, password, and an Object Identifier (OID).  Devices using SNMP v3 require a username and password.

Custom Metrics Monitoring

MetricsView allows you to monitor data from your own sensors and feed custom metrics into your account using a RESTful API interface.

Reporting and Alerting

Within the MetricsView framework, WPC and SNMP data can be used to establish baseline performance metrics, trends can be captured in reports, acceptable thresholds can be created, and alerting can be set up for error conditions for each established variable or monitored data point.  The reporting and alerting aspects are set up during the configuration of a MetricsView device.