Understanding Dynamic and Static Dashboards in Entuity Network Analytics.

Understanding Dynamic and Static Dashboards in ENA.

This video helps you to understand the differences between dynamic and static dashboards on ENA Entuity Network Analytics.

An Introduction

This article will help you to understand both Dynamic and Static Dashboards in Entuity Network Analytics (ENA) and show you how to distinguish them to better control your network management.

What you’ll Learn

  • Dynamic dashboards
  • Static dashboards
  • Entuity Network Analytics
  • Network Management

Time

3min

One of the fundamental concepts with the new ENA dashboards includes understanding Dynamic and Static Dashboard. This article is going to show you the basic concepts of what Dynamic Dashboards and Static Dashboards are on ENA Entuity Network Analytics and how you can easily distinguish them during the network management process.

Both Dynamic and Static Dashboards refer to the way in which information has displayed. The setting for these are shown in the Dashboard Types menu and is available when you’re creating a new or editing an existing dashboard.

How to Create a Dashboard?

The option is available under the All dashboards → Dashboard Configuration→ Create Dashboard

Dynamic Dashboards

Dynamic Dashboards are context specific where the contents will reflect the current context that you have selected in the Explorer.  These dashboards can be applied to Views, Devices and other components.

Most of the system supply dashboards are Dynamic. As you can see here with the View based Summary Dashboard. You can change Views and leverage a single dashboard definition where the details about that View are updated automatically as you change the context.

Also, you can select the Ports Dashboard and change the context from one of the Devices to another and the dashboard would updates accordingly. (In this example, we changed hq01 to hq02 and the dashboard updated automatically.)

Static Dashboards

Different from Dynamic Dashboard, Static Dashboards are not context-specific and will only be visible if you’re focused on the My Network View.

In this example, I’ve defined a Static Dashboard to focus on the New York location. If I change the context, you will see that the New York Dashboard is no longer visible in the List of Dashboards under the All Dashboards menu.  Static Dashboards have their place and are a good option when you need to create a dashboard that’s focused on a predefined set of Views, Devices or other components.

As you can see from the New York Dashboard, each dashlet refers to a specific View. In this example, the New York View has included Open Incidents, New York Topology (Map Dashlet) and the current state of devices (Device Status Dashlet).

One thing to remember, in a Static Dashboard, the dashlets don’t need to be focused on the same components. They can be different as you see here focused on the East Coast Region. In this case, the dashboard definition includes dashlets that are focused on their own unique set of components. From the View below, you can see all the incidents in the East Coast as well as the dashlets including a Device Status Summary, a Topology Map for each of Florida and New York locations and specific device CPU metrics for each of the routers in both Florida and New York.

Summary

Both Dynamic and Static Dashboards provide efficient methods to display information about your network.

But they have some key differences:

  • Static Dashboards don’t have a context and are only displayed when you’re in the My Network View.
  • Dynamic Dashboards are context specific and will display data based on your current context whether this is a View, Device or other components.
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