Interactive Monitoring Map
Original Publication Date: 2003-Mar-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Mar-24
A graphical representation of monitoring data is disclosed that enables system administrators to quickly analyze the situation and status of all machines, making easy to identify potential problems.
Interactive Monitoring Map
1. Problem Statement
Nowadays almost all big companies have to manage and monitor from a few hundred desktops to hundreds of thousands of machines. Moreover, not all the computers are used for the same functions or have the same importance or physical characteristics. In these scenarios an administrator needs to display graphical information representing the data collected by several types of monitors in different diagrams or charts. Unfortunately to view and analyze so large amounts of data require a big effort because there is no easy way to compare values of the same metric applied to heterogeneous environments and machines.
2. Proposed Solution
The representation of monitoring data of system resources with the proposed Interactive Monitoring Maps enables system administrators to quickly analyze the situation of all machines, making easy to identify potential problems. In a nutshell, this map is a 2-D chart for displaying information on physical devices or software applications by using the data collected by monitors. The view of this graphical information, which can be health, workload, alerts, availability, and responsiveness, enables users to view large amounts of data to quickly identify trends and potential problems.
Each map is used for displaying the results provided by monitors that watch the same feature of a hardware or software component for all the machines under observation. For instance, a map could display the percentage of CPU usage to monitor the computers' performance; another one could be used for showing how much space on mounted disks is free or used. By using a set of maps, administrators are able to monitor several characteristics of all the resources being observing, making it easy to quickly discover troubles or performance bottlenecks.
3. Map Description
A generic Interactive Monitoring Map is a quadrilateral representing the values of a specific metric for all the monitored resources in a defined time period. In particular, each individual resource is represented by a colored rectangle which size reflects the value for the metric and the color shows if this value exceeds, is lower or near to a threshold defined for that resource. Different colors (for instance red and green) are used for representing a resource that has crossed a threshold or is working in the normal range. Moreover, the color brightness (i.e. the amount of white or black added to the color) provides user with a measurement of the nearness between the metric value and the threshold. To form an idea of how could appear an Interactive Monitoring Map sees the example shown in Fig. 1.
Figure 1: Interactive Monitoring Map example
The map in Fig.1 could for instance represent the available space on local disks of 7 servers in a particular moment of the day. The machines could...