Using The Network Dashboard

This article discusses how to use the Network Dashboard to analyze how sites are connected to the Cato Cloud across your account.

Overview of the Network Dashboard

The Network Dashboard lets you view and analyze data for sites and links across the network. The Network Dashboard includes widgets which you can use to drill down on usage data, throughput, packet loss and more in order to analyze traffic across for your entire account. 

Sample Network Dashboard Use Cases

These are some examples of how you can use the Network Dashboard to monitor your sites:

Analyzing Bandwidth Usage Trends

You can use the Network Dashboard to analyze how data and throughput are used over a period of time. For example, if you want to monitor the usage for a sensitive LTE link, you can inspect its total throughput in the last hour or the last month.

Identifying Top Performance Sites and Links

The Network Dashboard can provide you with a high-level overview of the network and help identify the top and lowest items for different traffic KPIs. For example, you can sort sites or links in descending order of packet loss to show the sites that experienced the most packet loss. 

Another example is monitoring your bandwidth utilization, a site with high utilization may require increased site bandwidth.

Getting Started with the Network Dashboard

The following section explains the widgets and metrics available in the Network Dashboard.

Showing the Network Dashboard

To show the Network Dashboard:

  • From the navigation menu, click Monitoring > Network Dashboard.

Connectivity Summary Widgets

The Summary Bar displays a short summary of connectivity across your account.

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Item

Description

Total Sites

Total number of sites in the account

Current Sites Connectivity

Shows the current status for sites as:

  • Connected to the Cato Cloud

  • Disconnected from the Cato Cloud

  • Disabled in the Cato Management Application

Connected SDP Users

Total number of SDP Users connected to the Cato Cloud

Account Throughput

The Account Throughput widget shows the average throughput consumption for sites and SDP users in the account. Use the filters to help analyze the data. For example, only show SDP user data, or group the data and compare traffic for sites vs. SDP users.

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Use the Filter for the Account Throughput widget to show the average throughput for the following data and analytics:

  • Source type:

    • All sources

    • Sites

    • SDP Users

  • Throughput direction:

    • Total Throughput

    • Upstream

    • Downstream

  • Group by:

    • None - Shows combined average account upstream and downstream throughput for sites and SDP users

    • Direction - Shows separate upstream and downstream average throughput for site and SDP users

    • Source - Shows separate site and SDP user average throughput for combined upstream and downstream traffic

Sites and Links Analytics

The Sites and Links section displays network data in an easy-to-read table. You can export the current view of the data to a CSV file (requires edit permissions).

The data in this widget can be shown as:

  • Average - Data average based on the current timeframe

  • Max - Maximum values (peak) during the timeframe (only for link analytics)

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The following table explains the columns, not all columns are shown by default. 

Item

Description

Site Name

Name of site defined in Cato Management Application

Link ID

Link role (precedence)

Total bytes Upstream

Total upstream throughput

Total bytes Downstream

Total downstream throughput

Packet Loss Upstream

Packet loss for upstream traffic

Packet Loss downstream

Packet loss for downstream traffic

Packets Discarded Upstream

Upstream packets discarded by QoS

Packets Discarded Downstream

Downstream packets discarded by QoS

Throughput Upstream

Total throughput for upstream traffic

Throughput Downstream

Total throughput for downstream traffic

Concurrent Hosts

Number of hosts connected to the site

Concurrent Flows

Number of flows for the site

Distance

Distance from site to the connected Cato PoP

Jitter upstream

Jitter for upstream traffic

Jitter downstream

Jitter for downstream traffic

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