The Weather Map widget provides a graphical display of the changing values of a single metric for multiple resources over time. The widget uses colored icons to represent each value of the metric. Each icon location represents the metric value for particular resources. The color of an icon changes to show changes in the value of the metric.

You can add the Weather Map widget to one or more custom dashboards and configure it to display data that is important to different dashboard users. The data that appears in the widget is based on the configured options for each widget instance.

Watching how the map changes can help you understand how the performance of the metric varies over time for different resources. You can start or stop the display using the Pause and Play options at the bottom of the map. You can move the slider forwards or backwards to a specific frame in the map. If you leave the widget display and return, the slider remains in the same state.

The map does not show the real-time performance of the metrics. You select the time period, how fast the map refreshes, and the interval between readings. For example, you might have the widget play the metric values for the previous day, refreshing every half second, and have each change represent five minute's worth of metric values.

To view the object that an icon represents, click the object.

The widget might be included on any of your custom dashboards. In the menu, click Dashboards to see your configured dashboards.

To customize the data that appears in the dashboard widget, in the menu, click Dashboards. Click Actions > Create Dashboard/Edit Dashboard to add or edit a dashboard. In the Dashboard workspace, on the left, click Widget List, and drag a widget to the right pane of the dashboard. On the title bar of the selected widget, click the Edit Widget icon to access the configuration options.

The toolbar at the top of the Weather Map widget contains the icons that you can use to view the graph.

Metric Weather Map Widget Toolbar Icons

Icon

Description

Pause and Play

Start or stop the display. The icon remains in the same state if you leave the widget display and return.

Display Filtering Criteria

View the current settings for the widget, including the current metric.

The Weather Map widget provides for configurations options. To configure a widget, click the Edit icon on the widget title bar. For more information on creating and configuring dashboards, see Create and Configure Dashboards.

Option

Description

Title

Enter a custom title that identifies this widget from other instances that are based on the same widget template.

Refresh Content

Enable or disable the automatic refreshing of the data in this widget.

If not enabled, the widget is updated only when the dashboard is opened or when you click the Refresh button on the widget in the dashboard.

Refresh Interval

If you enable the Refresh Content option, specify how often to refresh the data in this widget .

Image Redraw Rate

An interval at which cashed data is refreshed based on newly collected data.

For example, if you set metric history to Last 6 hours and image redraw rate to 15 minutes, and data is collected every 5 minutes, the data collected during 10 minutes will not be calculated at the 15 minutes.

For example, if you set metric history to Last 6 hours and image redraw rate to 15 minutes, and data is collected every 5 minutes, the data collected during 10 minutes will not be calculated at the 15 minutes.

Metric History

Select the time period for the weather map, from the previous hour to the last 30 days.

Metric Sample Increment

Select the interval between metric readings. For example, if you set this option to one minute and set the Metric History to one hour, the widget has a total of 60 readings for each metric.

Group by

Select a tag value by which to group the objects.

Sort by

Select Object name or Metric value to set the way to sort the objects.

Frame Transition Interval

Select how fast the icons change to show each new value. You can select the interval between frames and the number of frames per second (fps).

Start Over Delay

The number of seconds for the display to remain static when it reaches the end of the Metric History period, the most current readings, before it starts over again from the beginning.

Color

Shows the color range for high, intermediate and low values. You can set each color and type minimum and maximum color values in the Min Value and Max Value text boxes.

If you leave the text boxes blank, vRealize Operations Manager maps the highest and lowest values for the Color By metric to the end colors.

If you set a minimum or maximum value, any metric at or beyond that value appears in the end color.

If you set a minimum or maximum value, any metric at or beyond that value appears in the end color.

Selected Object Type

Object that is the basis for the widget data.

This text box is populated by the object you select in the Objects list.

Tag Tree

Filters the list of objects in the object list. You can select one or more object types and all objects from this type are displayed in the object list.

Object List

List of objects in your environment that you can search or sort by column so that you can locate the object on which you are basing the data that appears in the widget.

The objects show based on the selected tag. If no tag is selected, the list shows all objects in the system.

Metric Picker

Double-click the metrics to show in the widget.