Stratusphere API Builder

A few months ago the Stratusphere API was introduced. This API provides a fast and easy to understand method of extracting the various metrics and data captured from Stratusphere UX/FIT directly through a URL call. This data can be extracted into various formats including JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) and CSV files. This gives the ability to integrate the Stratusphere UX/FIT data into any tool you may use without having to understand all the intricacies of the underlying Stratusphere database.

Now with the release of Stratusphere 5.7 using the API has gotten even easier. Now included is a graphical tool, called the Stratusphere API Builder. With this new tool you can quickly build API URL calls with simple graphical point and click selections. In this post I’ll showcase the power of the Stratusphere API, and the ease at which you can use employ Stratusphere metrics and information to perform tasks such as performing ad hoc application audits. Continue reading

Stratusphere UX 5.7 Sparkline Dashboards Common Workflows

With the release of Stratusphere UX 5.7, new Sparkline Graph dashboards have been introduced to the Advanced Inspectors. A Sparkline is a small line graph, which shows the variations in data over a defined period. It is meant to be succinct and pointed but provide meaningful information. That is exactly what the Stratusphere UX Sparkline graphs do. They look at key metrics across a number of different dashboards to provide relevant information of your environment that help guide you to identify possible issues and their associated root cause.

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Liquidware Labs Kicks Off VMworld 2014

VMworld 2014 has started at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and the first big event is always the Solutions Exchange Welcome Reception. Here all of the vendor booths are open to discuss their latest technology and Liquidware Labs has come out strong, showcasing all of their latest technology. In addition it is fun night for all attendees where food and drink are abundant, as they begin their VMworld experience. Continue reading

Stratusphere UX 5.6.4 Release – Preview Inspectors Overview Tab

In the Stratusphere UX 5.6.4 release you will see a new Overview Tab when you access the Preview Inspectors. This new tab provides the ability to see a number of different Stratusphere UX metric view graphs to give a window into how your desktops and users are performing. Even better this tab is customizable, where you can select a number of different graph groups to zero in specifically to the type of data you are most interested in.

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Stratusphere UX Preview Inspectors – How to Quickly Determine a User Performance Issue

Anyone who has been an IT administrator or who has been involved with end-user desktop support has received a call from an end-user saying my desktop is slow, please help. This could be a user in a VDI environment or one with a physical desktop, the request is still the same.

Stratusphere UX captures all of the metrics necessary to analyze and understand your desktop environment and help determine the root cause of these issues. The Preview Inspectors enable you to quickly find the data you need. Continue reading

Stratusphere UX 5.6.2 Brings Enhanced Excel Exports

With the recent release of Liquidware Labs’ Stratusphere UX version 5.6.2, new enhancements were made to the Preview Inspectors Excel Export functionality. The Preview Inspectors provide a powerful interface to quickly search for and analyze the Stratusphere metric data that you need. With the excel export functionality you can now take that data offline to excel so you can do further analysis or for distribution and archive. Continue reading

Updated Preview Inspector Graphs in Stratusphere UX 5.6

Updated Preview Inspector Graphs in Stratusphere UX 5.6

In the Liquidware Labs Stratusphere UX 5.6 release there are some key enhancements and additions made to the graphs for the Preview Inspectors.  The updated functionality and new graphs continue to make the Preview Inspectors graphs more robust with more options and flexibility. They provide you with the ability to quickly understand your data in a graphical format and drill into for more detailed information. Continue reading

New Preview Inspectors Filters and Views in Stratusphere UX 5.6

In the release of Liquidware Labs Stratusphere UX 5.6 there are two key enhancements made to the Preview Inspectors. They are, first the addition of Filtering and second the enhancement of Inspector Views. These new updates continue to make the Preview Inspectors more robust with more flexibility. They provide you the ability to get to the exact data required easier and faster. Continue reading

Stratusphere UX and vCenter Operations Best Practices

The Stratusphere UX vCenter Operations adapter feeds many unique desktop and user experience metrics to VMware vCenter Operations. There you can leverage the vCops dashboards and analytics engine using the Stratusphere metrics with other vCops data to provide a single overview of your environment. Continue reading

Stratusphere UX vCenter Operations Adapter Custom Dashboards

Earlier this year Liquidware Labs released its Stratusphere UX adapter for VMware vCenter Operations (vCops). This adapter feeds the many different desktop and end-user metrics captured by Stratusphere UX into vCops for easy analysis and monitoring as well as root cause analysis.

We are now set to release 5 custom defined dashboards for vCenter Operations that built specifically to work with the Stratusphere UX adapter metrics. These dashboards can be used out of the box or can be further customized to fit your environment specific needs.

The 5 custom dashboards being made available are:

  • FIT UX Overview
  • Strat UX Heat Map
  • Stratusphere Explorer
  • Strat Comparison
  • Strat UX :: Pool

 FIT / UX Overview

The FIT / UX Overview dashboard is maybe the most popular custom dashboard available. It uses a number of scoreboard widgets to show the many Stratusphere UX metrics being fed into vCenter Operations. Each widget;s color represents the health and score of the metric and group. By default it uses the ALL groups for machines and users that are fed from Stratusphere UX.

On the left side of the dashboard are Pool Summation metrics using the _ALL Machines resource-kind. On the right side are Pool Average metrics using the _ALL Machine resource-kind. These are summary metrics for all of your machines or user groups being sent from the UX adapter. Each scoreboard widget can be modified to use your own specific machine or user groups.

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At the bottom of the dashboard you can select specific metrics for a specific Resource and those metrics will be charted in the ‘Stratusphere UX Metrics’ widget in the center column. This provides a nice way to compare important metrics and resources.

Note: To use this dashboard you need to enable ‘Intersection’ in Stratusphere UX under its vCops settings.

Strat UX Heat Map

A vCenter Operations Heat Map is a two dimensional widget where you can assign one metric to influence the size of the rectangle and the other to influence the color. In the Stratusphere Heat Map dashboard it has primary Heat Map by User Group whic gives a graphical way of seeing how various metrics are performing in each of your user groups. In addition it has a KPI alert widget that is updating over the last 6 hours showing metrics that have hit a KPI (Key Performance Indicator).

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For the Heat Map in this dashboard it uses the number of users in the User Group as the metric to control the rectangle size and you can choose from the Configuration drop down box which metric to use for the color.

Stratusphere Explorer

The Stratusphere Explorer dashboard provides a simple way to view and chart over time any of the Stratusphere UX metrics fed into vCops for the various groups you have selected to export (Machine Groups, User Groups, and Users when Machine Groups and User Groups Intersect).

First select the Resource from the top left side that you want to work with. These would be the machine groups, users groups and intersects (machine group/user group) that you have set to export to vCenter Operations.

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In this  example it is selecting the ‘All Users’ resource.

 

 

 

 

 

Strat Comparison

The Stratusphere Comparison dashboard provides a method to select metrics from different resource kinds (Stratusphere machine or user groups) and compare them in a graph format.

You can use the Stratusphere UX Selection 1 widgets to select and graph the first metric and then use the Stratusphere UX Selection 2 widgets for the second comparative metric.

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This provides a quick and easy way to compare and analysis metrics across different machine or user groups.

Strat UX:: Pool

The Stratusphere UX :: Pool dashboard uses a feature of the Stratusphere UX adapter called Intersection which groups the metrics by Users and their Machine Groups. The resource kinds created are in the format Logon User::Machine Groups. You can then select a intersect user from the Resources widget which would then fill in the ‘Last 7 Days Health Stratus’ widget and the ‘Mashup Chart’ widget.

A mashup chart shows different behaviors of the resource selected during a time period. For example you can see the Health of a resource over time.

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Note: To use this dashboard you need to enable ‘Intersection’ in Stratusphere UX under its vCops settings.

More Information

For more information on the Liquidware Labs Stratusphere UX adapter and Customer Dashboards for VMware vCenter Operations visit the Stratusphere UX Product Page or contact sales at Liquidware Labs.

Pete Del Rey

Technology Evangelist

Liquidware Labs

http://www.liquidwarelabs.com