Graphing in Circonus is completely distinct from the collection of data, which makes the system much more flexible for your needs. Instead of knowing ahead of time which graphs you’ll need or having to make complex definitions just to see data points from two different sources, Circonus makes it easy to add metrics to a graph on the fly.
To get started with graph creation, go to the “Graphs” menu item and then click on “New Graph +” in the upper right. From here you can add any metrics to your graph using the checks list at the top. Once the metrics are added to the graph, you can modify them using transforms, formulas, and stacks, as well as changing the axis, color, and name.
Let's look at a step-by-step walkthrough:
Circonus graphs are created and managed under the "Visualize" section of the main menu.
- Click on the "New Graph +" button to create a new graph.
- The first step of graph creation is to find and select a piece of data to visualize. So the data exploration tool is opened for new graphs:
- You can unfold the tree of metrics by click on the rightward facing triangles next to the check names.
If there is only one child in the tree, it will auto-expand to the next level for your convenience. Notice the "drag & drop to sort" text at the top. This allows you to "re-hang" the tree based on different information. By default, the tree shows "Check", Check "Type", "Broker", "Host", and finally "Metric". Depending on the task at hand, you may find it easier to use a different order for hanging the tree. Just drag the title labels to the left or right to change how the data is organized.
- Click the "Add" label next to the name of the metric to add that metric to the current graph. Once added, the metric will appear in the list with a star next to it.
Scrolling down will show the graph that you are currently constructing:
- You can continue to search for datapoints and add them to your graph.
When finished, click on the title of the graph to change the default title, and hit Enter/Return when complete. To prevent accidental duplication, users are prevented from creating graphs with the same name as existing graphs.
- Click "Save" to save your graph. The page will reload. It will still be in edit mode, but with an indicator that the graph has been saved. As you work with the graph going forward, there is no reason to explicitly save the graph because Circonus will automatically save your changes as you work.
- At this point, you may add a description to your graph if you wish. To open the editing dialog, click the "Edit Description" button. whenever there isn't enough room to show the description, such as some cases where the graph is shown in smaller form across the app, you will see a circular information icon containing the description as a tooltip.
You can also watch a short video process here: Creating a Graph
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