Learning the Rackspace Intelligence vocabulary

  • Last updated on: 2015-08-18
  • Authored by: Constanze Kratel

To tell Rackspace Intelligence which aspects of your configuration to monitor for you, you define your objectives in the following terms:

  • Entities to be monitored

    For example, you can define a cloud server as an entity.

  • Checks that focus on a particular aspect of an entity’s behavior

    For example, a check can monitor a cloud server’s RAM usage.

  • Alarms that define the limits of the entity’s behavior

    For example, alarm criteria identify whether RAM usage is in one of the following states: OK, WARNING, or CRITICAL.

  • Alerts that announce when a monitored entity has triggered an alarm

    For example, an alert reports that RAM usage has reached the CRITICAL level.

  • Notification plans that define how to communicate alerts

    For example, a notification plan requests notification of the help desk and the on-call system administrator.

  • Notifications that define the contact information used in notification plans

    For example, notifications to the on-call system administrator are sent as text messages to a specific telephone number.

  • Visualizations that present data meaningfully

    For example, a RAM usage graph shows growth leading up to the triggered alarm.

“Single Pane of Glass” for Your IT Ops discusses these concepts in the context of Cloud Monitoring. Rackspace Intelligence acts as a dashboard to help you interact with data collected by Cloud Monitoring.

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