Circonus One Step Install

Introducing Quick and Simple Onboarding with C:OSI

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When we started developing Circonus 6 years ago, we found many customers had very specific ideas about how they want their onboarding process to work. Since then, we’ve found that many more customers aren’t sure where to start.

The most rudimentary task new and existing users face is just getting metric data flowing from a new host into Circonus. New users want to see their data, graphs, and worksheets right away, and that process should be quick and easy, without any guesswork involved in sorting through all of the options. But those options need to continue to be available for users who require that flexibility, usually because they have a particular configuration in mind.

So, we listened. Now we’ve put those 6 years of gathering expertise to use in this new tool, so that everyone gets the benefit of that knowledge, but with a simple, streamlined process. This is a prescriptive process, so users who just want their data don’t have to be concerned with figuring out the best way to get started.

You can now register systems with Circonus in one simple command or as a simple part of configuration management. With that single command, you get a reasonable and comprehensive set of metrics and visuals. Check out our C:OSI tutorial on our Support Portal to see just how quick and simple it is, or have a quick look at this short demo video:

New and existing Circonus users can use C:OSI to automate the process of bringing systems online. Without inhibiting customization, a single cut-n-paste command does all of this in one step:

In just one step, C:OSI will:

  1. Select an agent.
  2. Install the agent.
  3. Configure the agent to expose metrics.
  4. Start the agent.
  5. Create a check to retrieve/accept the metrics from the agent.
  6. Enable basic system metrics.
  7. Create graphs for each of the basic metric groups.
  8. Create a worksheet containing the basic graphs so there is a unified view of the specific host.

C:OSI does all this via configuration files, pulled off a central site or read from a local configuration file. Both of which can easily be modified to suit your needs.

C:OSI also allows for customization, so users who depend on the flexibility of Circonus can also benefit from the simplicity of the streamlined process. If the default configuration prescribed by C:OSI doesn’t meet your own specifications, you can modify it, but the onboarding process would still be as simple as running a single command.

You can dig into those customization options by visiting the C:OSI documentation in the Circonus Labs public Github repository.

Anyone in DevOps, or anyone who has been responsible for monitoring a stack, knows that creating connections or nodes can be a time consuming task. A streamlined, prescriptive onboarding process is faster and more efficient. This provides stronger consistency in the data collected, which in turn allows us to do better, smarter things with that data.

To learn more about Circonus, click here to schedule a demo.

We’d really like to hear what you think.

Tell us about your own onboarding experience, and let us know what you think about C:OSI. Do you like the C:OSI default settings? What else would you like to see?

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Graph Hover Lock

A new feature to help make sense of graphs with multiple data points

When visualizing your data, you may often want to compare multiple data points on a single graph. You may even want to compare a metric across a dozen machines, but a graph with more then two or three data points can quickly turn into a visual mess. Circonus helps to make these more complex graph become human-readable by allowing users to highlighting one data point at a time. This new feature expands on that capability.

When you hover over a graph with multiple datapoints, with your cursor close to one datapoint, that datapoint is highlighted. Now it’s highlighted more prominently and brought to the front, while other data points fade to the back.

You can also click the graph to lock that state into place. You can tell it’s in a locked hover state by the lock icon in the upper right corner of the graph. Click the graph again to unlock.

For graphs with many datapoints, this will help you zero in on the specific datapoint(s) you want to focus on.

Please click here for a Circonus demo: http://bit.ly/1TZOrGJ

See Figure 1. This graph shows HTTP Connect Times across a dozen combinations of different services and different brokers. A number of the data points are hard to see because of the number data points in the graph.

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Hovering over the graph allows us to view the datapoints more easily. Here in Figure 2, we have used this feature to lock the graph and now we ca can see one of the smaller datapoints clearly.

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To enable this behavior across all graphs, a couple click behaviors have changed. First, when on the graphs list page or on a worksheet, you can no longer click a graph to go view that graph; now you have to click a graph’s title bar to go view it. Second, on the metrics page in grid mode, you can no longer click a metric graph to select that metric for graph creation; instead, you have to click the metric graph’s title bar.

This tool should make it even easier to visualize your data.

Please click here for a Circonus demo: http://bit.ly/1TZOrGJ

To learn more about Circonus please contact us at sales@circonus.com or by phone at 877.385.6194 X244

About Circonus

Circonus is a microservices monitoring and analytics platform built for on premises or SaaS deployment. Its fully automatable API-Centric platform is more scalable and reliable than the systems it monitors. Developed for the requirements of DevOps, Circonus delivers percentile-based alerts, graphs, dashboards, and machine-learning intelligence that enable business optimization. If you’re not using Circonus, your results are average.

 

 

Advanced Search Builder

Last year, changes on the backend allowed Circonus to make significant improvements to our search capability. Now, we’ve added an Advanced Search tool to allow users to easily build complex search queries, making Search in Circonus more powerful and flexible than ever before.

When you click on the search icon, you will see an “Advanced” button to the right of the search field after it is expanded. Clicking this button will expand the Advanced Search Builder and allow you to construct advanced search queries.

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More information about our Search functionality and the logic it uses is available in our user documentation.