In the last blog, APTARE 10.5 - Deployment & Configuration, you were able to see how easy it is to deploy and configureAPTARE 10.5 on VMWare ESX using Open Virtualization Format (OVF). Moving forward, now let us focus on the process of generating reports and arranging them in a dashboard for a single pane of glass view using the APTARE portal.
How to Generate a Report
APTARE IT Analytics 10.5 includes more than 200 standard report templates along with the ability to build custom report templates. Both types can provide in-depth views based on the data you specify. You can tailor and save these custom report templates for easy access whenever you require them.
To generate a report, launch the APTARE portal and click on the “Reports” tab. It will list different report categories such as Alert, Virtualization Manager, File Analytics, Capacity Manager, Backup Manager, etc., as shown in Figure 1. From the given options, select the report that you want to run.
Now you can either double click on the selected report or click on the “Run” tab at the top. It will pop up a window with report customization options. The report can be customized for the time period using the dropdown list (Figure 2). Provide the input and click on the “Generate” tab, and the report will be created. There are more “customize” options available under the “Customize” tab. Once the reports are created, they are displayed under inventory.
APTARE IT Analytics periodically publishes new user report templates and makes them available through the Cloud section in the Reports tab. If you have the privilege enabled, you can run these reports directly from the Cloud, preview the data and if you are satisfied with the results, save the report locally.
How to Create a Dashboard
A Dashboard is nothing more than a collection of reports that gives you a single pane of glass view to all the information you find important. To add a new Dashboard, click on the “+” button on the reports’ ribbon. It will create a new Dashboard. Next, one by one, drag and drop the reports that you have just generated and place them in the highlighted area. After adding all the reports that you want in the Dashboard, click on the “Actions” dropdown and select “Save,” as shown in Figure 3. Next, provide the Dashboard name and then save the Dashboard under the designated folder.
You can share reports and dashboards that you create with other users and user groups. You can also share folders. This allows you to distribute data to other users in your business while maintaining control of the report. Sharing is controlled by permissions and can be retracted if needed. Please note that you cannot share a report that you have not saved.
Based on the different reports available, you can also create a dashboard covering various topics such as Cloud or Ransomware. For a cloud cost optimization dashboard, you can include reports such as Application, Cost Center, and Line of Business Usage & Billing Summary reports clubbed with the reports on Allocated Capacity by environment and application in order to get a single pane of glass view.
Similarly, to assess the Ransomware risk in your environment, you can create a dashboard by adding a few reports together such as “Consecutive failure”, Hosts or sources with no backup in the last X days, Client Risk level. You can also include risk mitigation analysis report to get a better picture of the Ransomware threat (Figure 4).
I bet you didn’t realize that the entire process to generate reports & create dashboard is very simple and easy, right?
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