PubSub+ Insights Overview

PubSub+ Insights enables operations and applications teams to ensure their event broker service and event mesh infrastructure are available and ready for use by business applications, with centralized, at-a-glance status on the availability of various aspects such as:

  • resources usage
  • event mesh health
  • message flow
  • High-Availability (HA) status
  • queue, topic endpoint, RDP, and bridge health
  • message spool utilization
  • capacity utilization

Using PubSub+ Insights provides a turn-key monitoring service to which you can subscribe. The service helps you build an understanding of your estate. An estate refers to your deployment of event broker services, the messaging and activities that occur, and any capabilities that are part of your PubSub+ Cloud account (Workspace). Insights helps you to:

  • Keep your applications and event broker services running optimally as key performance indicators (KPIs), metrics, and events let you understand performance, usage, and proactively detect and address issues in your event-driven architecture (EDA).
  • Better understand application behavior and size your event broker services from one place. You can see misconfiguration and understand how events flow between applications, better monitor your applications, and understand the performance of your EDA.

Insights Insights allows you to:

  • See visualizations that include account-level dashboards, service-level dashboards, and access to advanced monitoring default dashboards For advanced monitoring, you can also create custom monitors and dashboards to align with your organization's monitoring requirements. For more information, see Default Visualizations and Dashboards.
  • Configure e-mail notifications of when an occurrence happens in your estate. For more information, see Notifications.
  • Access to event broker service logs and the rich metrics collected in Insights. For more information, see Logs and Metrics.
  • Access to monitors that leverage best practices and event monitoring expertise. These monitors are used in default dashboards and available for custom dashboards you can create. For more information, see Monitors.

The collection and storage of the metrics and logs are handled by a centralized monitoring service that's part of the PubSub+ Insights service called Datadog (third-party provider).  PubSub+ Insights uses the metrics, logs, and monitors to provide both visualizations as account-level and service-level dashboards which are available in the PubSub+ Cloud Console. A default set of dashboards are accessible in Datadog and provide advanced monitoring capabilities that can be optionally enabled for individual users in the PubSub+ Cloud account.

In the following diagram, you can see the logs, notifications and alerts, and dashboards available.

If you have an existing monitoring system, you may find that the out-of-the-box visualizations and email notifications that come with Insights are complementary to your existing monitoring system.

For a quick walk-through of what PubSub+ Insights offers, see the following video:

Default Visualizations and Dashboards

Insights takes care of collecting metrics to build visualizations and useful dashboards for you to best monitor your EDA. These visualizations and dashboards let you see historical and real-time metrics for your event broker services and access system log and event broker service logs. This can help you to better monitor, operate, and capacity plan your event broker services and event meshes.

Insights has three levels of dashboards that include:

Account-Level
In the PubSub+ Cloud Console, this high-level dashboard summarizes the important aspects in your account (Workspace).
This dashboard is available to all users when the account is subscribed to PubSub+ Insights. It also gives you an overview of usage and links to default dashboards with advanced information that are available when Advanced Monitoring is enabled. For more information, see Using the Account Overview Dashboard.
Service-Level dashboards for event broker services
In the PubSub+ Cloud Console, there is a dashboard available in Cluster Manager on the Monitoring tab for each event broker service.
Data is visible only when the account is subscribed to PubSub+ Insights. This dashboard is available to all users with access to view and edit event broker services in Cluster Manager. From this dashboard, you can see visualizations and graphs for various aspects of the event broker service. For more information, see Using Service-Level Dashboards for Event Broker Services.
Advanced Monitoring Dashboards
With PubSub+ Insights Advanced Monitoring is available when a role is assigned to a the user. The set of default dashboards are available as soon as a user is assigned the Insights Advanced Editor role.
These default dashboards have advanced visualizations that permit the user see across all event broker services and to dive deeper into all the information collected from the event broker services.
These default dashboards are accessed from a Datadog account provided with a PubSub+ Insights subscription and is separate from any existing Datadog accounts that you may have.
These advanced dashboards offer greater scale, scope, granularity, and interactivity and lets you improve your understanding of various aspects of your EDA that include capacity, message flow trends, queues, endpoints usage. You also create custom dashboards to monitor key metrics and manage the KPIs that are critical to your business. Advanced Monitoring gives improved capabilities to detect issues, recover them, and monitor performance at a granular level. These dashboards leverage Solace's best practices and expertise to monitor event broker services. To access Advanced Monitoring, you must enable it for each user in your account (i.e., the Insights Advanced Editor role assigned to the user). For more information, see PubSub+ Insights Advanced Monitoring.

Notifications

The monitors, log files, metrics collected from event broker service are also used to provide alerts and warnings in the configurable notifications. When enabled, Insights allows you to send email notifications to notify people when certain events occur, key performance indicators are approached, or when thresholds are exceeded. The email is from Datadog, the third-party. An email for a notification looks like the following:

On your PubSub+ Cloud account, you can configure who receives the email the notifications in the PubSub+ Cloud Console as shown below:

For more information about configuring and using notifications in Insights, see Understanding Notifications.

Logs and Metrics

At the heart of Insights is the hundreds of metrics and many log files (system and command logs) from event broker services that are collected. These metrics and logs are used by many monitors provided as part of Insights that map to key-performance indicators and best-practices for monitoring event broker services and event-driven architectures. The collection and storage of the metrics and logs are handled by a third-party centralized monitoring service (Datadog).

Though you could use the Syslog Forwarding feature available in PubSub+ Cloud to send all logs to process and visualize the information in your own monitoring system, it won't include the many metrics and monitors that PubSub+ Insights provides. You may find that using PubSub+ Insights provides a deeper monitoring capabilities that complement your existing monitoring system.

With Insights, logs and metrics are accessible from a set of default dashboards to permit you to view a log for up to 30 days (90 days upon request). Metrics can be searched based on relevant tags.

For example, with Insights, the logs collected from your estate can be viewed directly as shown below as so or from the Estate Overview dashboard.

The metrics collected contain derived and statistical information collected from the event broker services in your estate. You can further investigate the metrics further as follows:

For detailed information about the metrics, see PubSub+ Insights Metrics and Checks.

Monitors

Along with the metrics and logs, PubSub+ Insights includes pre-created monitors for you. There are over 50 monitors available with Insights and these monitors provide you pre-canned best practices for event monitoring. The best practices leverage knowledge from Solace's broad customer base and knowledge from subject-matter experts so that you can effectively manage your event-drive architecture.

These are the basic types of monitors available:

  • Log-based — These monitors evaluate check key logs from the event broker services and are triggered when those specific logs are seen.
  • Metric-based — These monitors evaluate metrics collected from the event broker services are triggered based on thresholds. All these monitors measure utilization as a percentage of available capacity.
  • Status-based — These monitors evaluate status. This can be simple status of whether something is up or down or they may be derived.

Many of the monitors are pre-configured with thresholds to send alerts and warnings. You can clone the monitors Insights provides and then change them (e.g., modify the thresholds) to create customized monitors of your own. Users can see the monitors in the Monitors page in their Datadog account when they have the Insights Advanced Editor assigned as a role as shown here:

For information about monitors and customizing monitors, see PubSub+ Insights Monitors Reference and Creating Custom Monitors, respectively.