Explore provides you with the ability to view and troubleshoot key metrics and entities of your infrastructure stack. You can drill down to any layers of your infrastructure hierarchy and view granular-level data. You perform the majority of infrastructure monitoring operations in Explore.

Grouping controls how entities are organized in Explore. Grouping is fully customizable by logical layers, such as containers, Kubernetes clusters, and services.

Metrics Explorer

Sysdig Monitor automatically discovers your stack and presents pre-built views in Metric Explorer. Use Metrics Explorer for advanced metric exploration.

By leveraging the core functionalities (grouping, scope tree, metrics, and graphing) of Explore and interactive metric and label filtering, Metrics Explorer provides you the ability to:

  • Discover and explore metrics available for a given scope and build infrastructure views quickly.

  • Graph multiple metrics simultaneously for correlation. For example, CPU usage vs CPU limits.

  • View ungrouped queries by default, showing the individual time series for a metric.

  • View metrics that are logically categorized with a metric namespace prefix.

  • View metrics at high resolution. For example, a 1-hour view now shows data at 10-second resolution instead of 1 minute.

  • The out-of-the-box groupings, coupled with the ability for you to define your own, offer an intuitive and context-aware way to drill-down metrics. For example:

    • Clusters & Namespaces will build a tree with: Cluster Name > Namespace > Deployment > Pod Name > Container Image

    • Hosts & Containers will build a tree with: Hostname > Container ID

    • Nodes will build a tree with: Cluster Name > Node Name > Pod Name > Container ID

PromQL Query Explorer

Use the PromQL Query Explorer to build and run your PromQL queries. It’s the perfect starting point for investigations if you are familiar with PromQL.

By leveraging the power provided by the PromQL language, PromQL Query Explorer offers the following:

  • Craft complex PromQL queries. For users, this translates into an enhanced Prometheus-like query experience.
  • Query metrics leveraging all PromQL functions and operators.
  • Write up to 5 distinct queries and visualize them as a Timechart.
  • Explore PromQL labels and values in a table-like view.
  • Identify common PromQL labels across queries, which is useful for aggregations if you choose to combine several metrics in a single query.

PromQL Library

To ease the learning curve of PromQL, Sysdig provides a set of curated examples, called PromQL Library. It helps users perform complex queries against metrics with one click and get insight into their infrastructure problems which was not previously possible with Sysdig querying. For example, identify containers > 90% limit and counting pods per namespace.

You have the following categories currently in the PromQL Library:

  • Kubernetes
  • Infrastructure
  • Troubleshooting
  • PromQL 101
Topics in This Section
Using Explore

This topic outlines how to use the Explore interface to drill-down metrics, run promQL queries, build infrastructure views, and troubleshoot your cloud-native environment.

Metrics Usage

Metrics Usage provides insights into your metrics count, helping you understand which custom metrics are responsible for your time series usage and which are being scraped across your entire environment. With this information, you can make informed decisions about optimizing your resources and gain control over your monitoring infrastructure.

Explore (Legacy)

This section helps you navigate the Legacy Explore in the Sysdig Monitor UI.