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Create monitoring dashboards in Sysdig Monitor

Last updated: January 2, 2024

After you create a sysdig-team and set up a dedicated space in Sysdig to monitor applications in your OpenShift Project Set, follow the steps in this guide to learn more about monitoring.

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Sysdig built-in monitoring dashboard templates

Building a dashboard from scratch can be tough, so we suggest starting with some dashboard templates and customizing from there. Sysdig offers various dashboard templates, which you can find in the 'Dashboards > Dashboard Library' section of the menu.

List of default dashboard templates

Here are some common ones to start with:

  • Pod Rightsizing & Workload Capacity Optimization and Template - Resource Allocation Dashboard: Optimize your infrastructure by ensuring pods are sized correctly. Identify opportunities to free up resources by adjusting memory and/or CPU requests. This dashboard is especially useful if you're reaching resource quota limits in a namespace.
  • Pod/Workload Status & Performance: Monitor the status, health, resource usage, and performance of applications (workloads or pods). Ideal for service monitoring using Golden Signals. Read more about Four Golden Signal Monitoring concept here
  • Application specific dashboards: Access them in the Application section of the templates. Useful for obtaining metrics tailored to your tech stack.

Here's a quick video on how this can be set up.

Create custom dashboard from templates

You have the flexibility to create your own dashboards based on templates, adding custom filters to monitor specific namespaces, workloads, or groups of containers and processes. Follow these steps:

  1. Choose the dashboard template you want to start with

  2. click on Copy to My Dashboard button on the top-right corner, give it a suitable name and save.

  3. In your customized copy, configure the dashboard filter to focus on your monitoring target. Check out the example below:

    Filter the dashboard to monitor on API component in production namespace

If you're familiar with advanced PromQL queries, you can integrate them into a dashboard. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Click on Add Panel from the top-right corner of the dashboard
  2. Fill in the metrics query in the panel configuration

Sysdig Advisor Namespace overview

Explore the Namespace Overview feature in Sysdig Advisor for a detailed assessment of resource utilization in your OpenShift namespaces. This feature provides a quick snapshot, enabling you to make informed decisions about resource allocation. Below is a guide on how to access and utilize this feature.

Accessing Sysdig Advisor Namespace overview

In the Advisor section, locate and click on 'Namespace Overview.' This action will direct you to a dedicated page where you can access detailed information about your namespaces:

Accessing Sysdig Advisor Namespace Overview

This feature improves how you can see what's going on in your OpenShift environment. It helps you respond quickly to any challenges related to resources. Use the information from the Namespace Overview to make smart choices about how you allocate and optimize resources.

Recoverability of monitoring dashboards

Every dashboard is linked to a user account on Sysdig for ownership. If the user or team is deleted, either from the Sysdig console or the sysdig-team custom resource, all related dashboards will be deleted too.

Once a dashboard is deleted, you can't get it back. That's why it's highly recommended to use the Sysdig API to manage your custom dashboards as code manifests. If you ever lose a dashboard, you can easily recover it from the manifest.