Overview of the Console Dashboards Service

The Console Dashboards service allows you to create custom dashboards in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console to monitor resources, diagnostics, and key metrics for your tenancy. Dashboards gather data from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services to create charts and tables that give you a quick view into your resource utilization, billing, and system health.

A dashboard is a collection of widgets. Each widget presents one set of data. For example, a widget could be a graph showing CPU metrics from the Monitoring service or a bar chart displaying the prevalence of different types of errors. The collection of widgets in a dashboard gives you a centralized view of your infrastructure and system health.

Concepts

Here's a list of basic concepts for the Console Dashboards service.

Dashboard

A dashboard is a collection of visualizations that let you monitor resources, diagnostics, and key metrics for your tenancy. Dashboards are fully customizable: you define the widgets, behavior, and IAM policies. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure treats dashboards as resources: dashboards have OCIDs, adhere to IAM policies, and reside in compartments. See Managing Console Dashboards for more information.

Dashboard Group

Dashboard groups let you share collections of dashboards with designated groups of people. For example, each team within an organization can have its own dashboard group. A dashboard group is an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resource with its own OCID. See Working with Console Dashboards Groups for more information.

Default Dashboard

The first time you visit the Dashboard tab, you are presented a default dashboard and sample widgets that contain instructions for getting started with widgets. This dashboard is used as an example and doesn't start with the full functionality of a regular dashboard. For example, it doesn't have a Dashboards actions menu, and you cannot delete it. You can personalize the dashboard by editing its layout or adding more widgets. Once you save your changes, or create a new dashboard, the initial settings are lost. For more detailed instructions, see Managing Console Dashboards and Configuring Widgets.

After your tenancy has a saved dashboard, your most recently viewed dashboard becomes the default dashboard. The initial default dashboard with sample widgets is inaccessible unless all other dashboards have been deleted.

Widget

A widget is a single data visualization from one data source. Widgets can display information about inventory, usage, billing, alerts, outages, and more. You can create multiple widgets and use them to build dashboards. For more information, see Configuring Widgets.

Types of Widgets

Dashboards support the following types of widget:

  • Billing: This widget shows current billing cycle information. You can only include a single instance of the billing widget in your dashboard.

  • Cost Management: This widget helps you track and optimize your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure spending by generating charts with aggregated Cost Analysis data. You can include multiple cost management widgets in your dashboard.
  • Resource Explorer: This widget allows you to view resources by compartment. You can only include a single instance of the resource explorer widget in your dashboard.

  • Logging Chart: This widget allows you to create visualizations with data from the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Logging service. You can include multiple logging chart widgets in your dashboard.

  • Logging Data Table: This widget allows you to display a table of the data stored in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Logging service. You can include multiple logging data table widgets in your dashboard.

  • Monitoring: This widget lets you view and compare metrics from the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring service. You can include multiple monitoring widgets in your dashboard.

  • Markdown: This widget lets you add and format text-based content. You can include multiple markdown widgets in your dashboard.

For more information about widgets, see Configuring Widgets. For general steps explaining how to add widgets to dashboards, see To add widgets to a dashboard.

Ways to Access Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

You can access Oracle Cloud Infrastructure using the Console (a browser-based interface) or the REST API. Instructions for the Console and API are included in topics throughout this guide. For a list of available SDKs, see Software Development Kits and Command Line Interface.

To access the Console, you must use a supported browser. To go to the Console sign-in page, open the navigation menu at the top of this page and click Infrastructure Console. You are prompted to enter your cloud tenant, your user name, and your password.

For general information about using the API, see REST APIs.

Resource Identifiers

Most types of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources have a unique, Oracle-assigned identifier called an Oracle Cloud ID (OCID). For information about the OCID format and other ways to identify your resources, see Resource Identifiers.

Monitoring Resources

You can monitor the health, capacity, and performance of your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources by using metrics, alarms, and notifications. For more information, see Monitoring and Notifications.

Authentication and Authorization

Each service in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integrates with IAM for authentication and authorization, for all interfaces (the Console, SDK or CLI, and REST API).

An administrator in your organization needs to set up groups , compartments , and policies  that control which users can access which services, which resources, and the type of access. For example, the policies control who can create new users, create and manage the cloud network, launch instances, create buckets, download objects, etc. For more information, see Getting Started with Policies. For specific details about writing policies for each of the different services, see Policy Reference.

If you’re a regular user (not an administrator) who needs to use the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources that your company owns, contact your administrator to set up a user ID for you. The administrator can confirm which compartment or compartments you should be using.

Limits on Dashboards Resources

See Service Limits for a list of applicable limits and instructions for requesting a limit increase. To set compartment-specific limits on a resource or resource family, administrators can use compartment quotas.