ActiveGate plugins capabilities

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ActiveGate plugins framework enables you to extend Dynatrace monitoring to a remote technology and fully integrate it into the Dynatrace monitoring landscape.

Define new technologies

Your new technology will be presented next to out-of-the-box monitored technologies on the Technology overview page. All your groups will be visible under one tile. With the key metrics feature, you'll be able to pick the most important metrics to be presented right on this page. With the JSON favicon property, you'll be able to define your own custom icon. Use the Technology overview page to compare the performance of your groups and drill down directly to the ones causing problems.

ActiveGate plugins capabilities

Understand the health of your group

The performance of a single device is not that critical as the overall performance of clusters. Clusters can auto-heal, rebalance traffic, auto-scale and more. AtciveGate plugins are cloud native, they can automatically discover and monitor new nodes and clusters.

As an example, we defined the group representing the Alibaba Cloud region. Groups can represent clusters, regions, group of servers, etc. It is up to you to define a group that will serve your individual monitoring needs. For more information, see Reporting group metrics

ActiveGate plugins capabilities

To monitor your cluster metrics, bind metrics and properties to your Custom Device Group entity. The key custom device group metrics will be presented in the infographic. Cluster metrics are presented in the cluster charts section. With JSON, you can define the type and look of your charts.

Identify an underperforming group element

Use the Group overview page to compare the group elements and identify those causing problems. You can find all your group members in a table and analyze the trends. The dropdown enables you to select the metrics to analyze. Define the custom device metrics using JSON via the pgmetrics section. By default, the table shows current metric values. Click through the chart or change the timeframe to see the aggregated data.

ActiveGate plugins capabilities

Analyze your node/device/ group element health

Analyze your technology health, events and metrics using the Custom device page. ActiveGate plugins offer variety of helpful features. You can define custom tabs and add there the charts of your choice. You can add properties, so that you can fetch them via API and use for other purposes like CMBD. What's more important, you'll be able to define events which will feed the Dynatrace AI or generate the Dynatrace problem.

ActiveGate plugins capabilities

Select Further details tab to see metrics segmented by dimensions.

ActiveGate plugins capabilities

With the new Fault Domain Isolation (version 1.158), Dynatrace can detect the metrics change point, which makes it possible to identify the root cause of the problem, without triggering events or setting manual thresholds. All you need to do is to feed Dynatrace with topology and metrics, and Dynatrace AI will take care of the rest.

Resolve problems before your users are impacted

Dynatrace automatically learns your application’s baseline performance and detects response-time degradation and error rate increases within your application environment. Additional infrastructure performance problems help you in resolving issues before customers will be impacted. Once created, Dynatrace uses AI to determine the root of the problem, analyzing all layers of your application's terabytes of data.

You can either crate problems based on a metric threshold violation using a simple JSON definition or you can use the PYTHON API to raise performance, availability, error, and resource contention type of problems. Some technologies expose information about their own events. In such case, you can map events to appropriate Dynatrace problems or events. Dynatrace treats the ActiveGate plugin raised problems in exactly the same way as internally generated problems. To learn more about Dynatrace problems and events, see Problems.

ActiveGate plugins problems and events

Enhance Dynatrace root cause analysis

With ActiveGate plugins you can send events. Events don’t raise problems. They enhance Dynatrace root cause analysis. Dynatrace AI determines whether an event can be responsible for a problem. You can feed Dynatrace with an info, deployment or annotation event. You can forward a technology exposed event to Dynatrace. For more information, see Problems and events.

With the new Fault Domain Isolation (version 1.158) Dynatrace is capable to find root cause in a metric provided by a plugin even without an event. Version 1.158 is also able to detect metrics change point and correlate it to a problem.

ActiveGate plugins problems and events