The alert definition feature allows you to set alerts on a metric using a PromQL query.

The alert definition can currently be defined at the client level.

Note: The user should have the following permissions in order to create and manage alert definitions.

  • Administrator permission
  • Manage Alerts

This is a Feature flag enabled functionality. Contact OpsRamp Support for assistance.

Create an Alert Definition

Follow these steps to create an alert definition:

  1. Navigate to Setup > Account. The Account Details page is displayed.

  2. Click the Alert Definitions tile. The Alert Definitions page is displayed.

  3. Click Add.

  1. Enter the information on the Definition Details page:

    1. Name: Provide a unique name for the alert definition.
    2. Metric Query: Build a valid PromQL query using a metric. Use the filters and operations for the query as needed. See PromQL for more information.
      You can change the time-frame using the calendar icon.

    The query result (time series) is displayed in the form of a graph.

Alert Conditions

    Static Threshold: The Static Threshold feature allows you to set thresholds for a metric value. You can also set conditions based on which the alerts are triggered.

    • Critical Threshold: Enter a critical threshold value. Enter a number or a range.
      Examples: <3, >1, 2-5, 10-15
    • Warning Threshold: Enter a warning threshold value. Enter a number or a range.
      Examples: <3, >1, 2-5, 10-15
    • Note: You can set both critical and warning thresholds, or set only one threshold based on your requirements.
    • Trigger alert if conditions persist for: To avoid anomalous spikes, you can set a condition for an alert to trigger only if the metric value exceeds the thresholds persistently for some time.

      The default time is set as 60 seconds. Enter the value in either seconds or minutes.

      The above screenshot shows the latest data point as 53.2. If the metric value is above the threshold for 60 seconds continuously, only then the alert is triggered.
      • Set the critical threshold as 50 and warning threshold as 40.
        If the metric value reached 80 and came back to 45, then a warning alert will be triggered.
    • If there is no data: If there is no data coming in, then you can choose one of the options:
      • Do not trigger alert - No alert will be triggered, if no data comes in.
      • Trigger critical alert - A critical alert will be triggered, if no data comes in.
      • Trigger warning alert - A warning alert will be triggered, if no data comes in.
      If the device stops sending data due to some reason, like the agent is offline, then the graph will show empty. There will be no graph data.

    Dynamic Change Detection: The Dynamic Change Detection feature allows you to set conditions to trigger alerts. It evaluates the data over a learning period.

    • Provide the information in the fields.
    • Example: Trigger alert when increase of more than 5 standard deviations away from the mean is detected.
      Evaluate the data over a learning period of the last 4 HOURS.
      How it works: It will look at the last 4 hours (default value. You can change according to your requirements) in the time series, and it will identify if the metric value deviated from the mean value. It will trigger an alert when there is an increase of more than 5 standard deviations away from the mean is detected.

    Notification Format

    The Subject and Description entered here will reflect in the alert details page.

    • Subject: Enter the subject for the alert.
    • Description: Enter the alert description.

    Alert Identification

    The alert identification section defines the scope of the alert.

    • Entity Type: Select either Resource or Client. Alert can be on a specific resource like a server, or a client-level alert.
      Note: For Dynamic Change Detection, you can select the Entity Type only as Resource.
    • Component: Select a component. This is to identify the alert.

    • Resource Attributes: Define a resource attribute to the alert. These attributes are added to the alert.
      Note: The resource attributes can be defined only for Resource entity type.
      • Select the attribute key and the attribute value from the dropdown boxes. These attributes can be seen in the alert details.
      • Note: The maximum number of attributes you can select is 4, that is, host, name , uuid, and ip.
        If you select the attribute value as $name , it will go to the metric and get the value of name, and display it in the alert details page.

    • Labels: Assign a value to a label. This is reflected in the alert details page.
      • Enter the name of the label in the Name box.
      • Enter the value of the label in the Value box.
      • Example: If name is id and value is 10 , then it will be set as id is 10.

      1. Click Save . The alert definition is saved successfully.
        You can enable or disable an alert definition, from the Alert Definitions listing page.