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Working with chart and report widgets

Each page in your view includes one or more interactive charts and report tools called widgets. The qualities of each chart and report (such as the type of chart, its color, the type of data displayed, and so on) are defined by the person that created the widget for your view. This topic explains how to use each type of widget in your view.

Adjusting the date range

The Period fields enable you to specify a range of dates for all data displayed in charts and reports on a page.

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In the first drop-down field you can select from several pre-defined ranges or a Custom Range. If you select one of the pre-defined ranges, the date fields display the actual dates in that range. You can also select a Custom Range, using the date drop-down fields to select any range you want.

Filtering data

The Filters field specifies the type of data shown by all other widgets on the same page. For example, a filter might display data for specific providers, or for a cost center.

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If an administrator enabled the Filters field to be editable, you can define your own field-value pairs as filters.

Some filters might have already been created for you. For example, a report author might have defined a filter as part of that report. When that happens, the filter is locked and appears with a lock icon. You cannot edit or remove locked filters.

Additionally, you can filter data on a view page by clicking areas in different charts, as described in the sections for each chart type.

Filters are interactive. Filters defined anywhere on a view page modify the data displayed in all widgets on that page.

Filters also stack. To be displayed in charts and reports on a page, data must match all filters on that page, whether they are defined in the Filter field, in a chart, or both.

To add a filter

  1. In the Filters field, click Add New Filter.
    The Filter Manager dialog box appears.
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  2. Select a Filter Field.
  3. In the Operator field, select one of the following options:
    Operator Description
    Is Filters items that match the value.
    Is not Filters all items that do not match the value.
    Is empty Filters items that have no value.
    Is not empty Filters items that have any value.
    Starts with Filters items that start with the text you enter.
  4. If you selected the Is or Is not operator, in the Available Values field, select a value for the selected field. The values available for you to select are those you collected over the past 90 days.
  5. To add another value for the same filter, click the close icon for the Available Values field, and then select a new value.
    Multiple values for the same filter are treated as OR values, so that the field filters if any of its values are matched.
  6. To add another filter, click Add New Filter.
    Multiple filters are cumulative. Data must pass through all filters to appear on the page.
  7. When you are done adding filters, click Save.
    All charts and reports on the page are updated to show only the data defined by your filters.

Donut charts

Donut charts display data in a ring, with segments of the ring sized for the data they represent. Donut charts include up to 20 segments, showing the top values for the field selected by the person who created the chart. The chart might also include an other segment for all data that is not included in the shown segments. For example, the following chart shows the top 5 service categories measured by total cost, and includes a segment for other data:

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Clicking a ring segment works as a data filter, toggling whether the chart shows data for that value. For example, in the chart in the image above, clicking Database turns the other segments grey. The filter is also applied to every other chart and report on the page.

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To remove the filter, either click the Database segment again, or click reset above the chart.

KPI charts

KPI charts show aggregated data for a single numeric field, such as Cost, Quantity, or Rate. Scanned left-to-right, the line shows a value as it changes over time. For example, the following image shows a KPI chart that shows data for the Cost field.

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Line charts

Line charts show an area chart for numeric fields, such as Cost, Quantity, or Rate. Line charts are available with single lines, double lines, and multiple lines sliced by categories. In all line charts, mouse over a data point to see what is being measured, the date of that measurement, and the amount of the measure.

Single line charts show a single line for one field over time. For example, the following image shows the Cost measure:

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Double line charts show two lines, one for each of two separate fields. For example, the following image shows the Cost and Rate fields:

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Multiple line charts show 5 lines. Each line shows aggregated data for the same field, but each line represents a different category. For example, the following chart shows data for the Cost field, with a line for each of the top 5 service categories:

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With all line charts, clicking a data point on a line works as a data filter, causing the charts and reports on the page to show data only for that day. For example, the image below, clicking a data point in the multiple line chart (Cost by Service Category) causes the other lines in that chart to turn grey. It also causes the other charts to display only data for that day.

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To remove that data filter, either click that data point again, or click reset above the chart.

Bar charts

Bar charts display data in bars sized for the data they represent, in either a horizontal or vertical display. By default, bar charts include 5 bars, showing the top 5 values for the field selected by the person who created the chart. For example, the following image includes 2 charts, each showing the top 5 service categories measured by total cost.

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Clicking a bar works as a data filter, toggling whether the chart shows data for that value. For example, in the charts in the image above, clicking Compute and Database in the vertical bar chart turns the other bars in that chart grey, and removes the other values from other charts on the page, as shown in the following image:

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Clicking Compute and Database a second time removes those filters, enabling the charts to show data for all 5 categories. Alternatively, click reset to return a chart to its default state.

Pie charts

Pie charts display data as slices of a pie, sized for the data they represent. By default, pie charts include 5 slices, showing the top 5 values for the field selected by the person who created the chart. The chart might also include an other slice for all data that is not included in the top 5 slices. For example, the following chart shows the top 5 service categories measured by total cost:

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Clicking a slice works as a data filter, toggling whether the chart shows data for that value. For example, in the chart in the image above, clicking Compute turns the other segments grey. The filter is also applied to every other chart and report on the page.

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To remove the filter, either click the Compute segment again, or click reset above the chart.

Combo charts

A Combo chart is a hybrid of a vertical bar chart and a line chart. The bars are sized for the total amount of data they represent, with a bar for each time segment of the range defined for the chart. A line follows the tops of the bars, with a data point representing the aggregated value of the bar. Mouse over a data point to see that aggregated value.

Within each bar, colored blocks represent a category of data corresponding to a field selected by the creator of the chart. The top 5 categories are listed. For example, the following chart shows daily cost, grouped by the Product field:

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The table to the right of the chart lists each value for the Product field, and shows the color representing each product in the chart.

Clicking a colored block, either in the chart or in the table, works as a data filter, toggling whether the chart shows data for that value. For example, in the chart in the image above, clicking either a dark-blue block or Amazon DynamoDB turns the other segments grey. The filter is also applied to every other chart and report on the page.

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To remove the filter, either click that category segment again, or click reset above the chart.

Insights Summary

Insights alert you about situations in your cloud that are either costing you money or are potentially harming your environment in some other way. For example, you can be alerted when the cost for a department increases suddenly, or when you’re paying for a VM that no one is using.

HPE Consumption Analytics Portal attempts to identify potential savings for you. If HPE Consumption Analytics Portal has identified more than $5,000 in potential savings, the bar at the top of the chart shows the amount you can save by following Insights recommendations. Otherwise, this bar shows the total number of insight alerts you have. Below that bar, the Insights Summary widget shows the number of alerts, organized by insight category.

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Click a category to open the Insight Drill Down dialog box, which lists all of the insights in the category you clicked. For each insight in the list, the Insight Status bar shows the breakdown of results by Alert, Approaching, and Normal status. Mouse over the bar to see the number of results in each status.

Browse and select an insight from the list to view detailed results. The Recommendation field offers advice for how to resolve the situation that triggered the insight.

Each insight includes a visualization containing one or more charts. These charts have a red line indicating the Alert threshold, and you can hover over the line to see the criteria for reaching Alert state. If you do not want to see the visualization, click Hide Visualization. Cloud Cruiser will remember your setting and hide the visualizations for all insights you view. If you want to view the visualization again, click Show Visualization.

A Complete Result Set table shows detailed information for each row of data. The Insight Status column lists the alert status of each row:

  • Alert: The Alert status appears in red. Data has crossed all thresholds and has generated an alert.
  • Approaching: The Approaching status appears in orange. Data is within 10% of the thresholds.
  • Normal: The Normal status appears in blue. Data is well below the thresholds.

If you do not want to hide or show an insight in the Insight Drill Down, click the triangle and select either Hide or Show. Use the show/hide icon  to toggle whether hidden insights appear in the list. Hiding an insight does not alter the count of triggered insights on the Insights Summary.

Reports

Unlike the report functionality available on the Reports page, the Report widget shows data for a single report only, as selected and configured by the widget creator.

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If a report includes groups of data (the Group column), the other columns show totals for all members in that group. Click a black triangle to expand the group to display rows for the member data in that group. Some groups might include subgroups. For example, the following image shows the APAC group expanded to reveal subgroups named Enterprise and Microsoft Azure Enterprise. The Enterprise group is expanded to show its 6 member rows.

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In column headers (other than in the Group column), click the triangle to reveal the following display options:

  • Group: Removes the column and adds the data to the Group column. If groups already exist, the column is added as a subgroup of every group. For single reports (those not on the Detail page), this grouping is temporary. The report will revert to its original column formatting when you refresh your browser.
  • Pin column: If a report has many columns, you might need to scroll horizontally to see some columns. Pinning a column prevents the column from scrolling off the screen when you scroll horizontally.
  • Sort descending/ascending: Sorts the results in ascending and descending order. Cloud Cruiser maintains the selected sort order for reports and for distributed reports. For example, when you sort data in a report, the sort order is saved in your browser's local storage. This includes the Reports page, the Report widget, and the report authoring interface. If you distribute this report, the report maintains the sort order saved by the report author.

See also: Reducing the scope of a report

Forecasting

The Forecasting widget enables you to project the future of your cloud based on historical data. You can use these forecasts to plan how you want to manage your cloud, and to plan future budgets. The graph displays historical data in solid bars, current data in striped bars, and forecasted data in empty bars. Mouse over any bar to see details for the data it represents.

To forecast data

  1. In the Base Forecast On field, select the amount of historical data you want used to make the forecast.
  2. In the Forecast Period field, select the number months into the future you want the forecast to extend.
  3. In the Value field, select the numeric field you want used for the forecast.
  4. In the Group By field, select the field you want forecasted.
  5. If you want to hide historical data in the display, uncheck the Show Actuals option.
  6. If you want to see detailed information about the forecast, click the Expand Details icon ().
Video example

The following video shows you how to use forecasts to project the future of your cloud based on historical data:

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