Navigating Densify

Navigating Densify

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For a tour of the Densify Console, watch the following videos

Densify Console Landing Page

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When you first log into your Densify instance, you will see the landing page with the option to add connections via the Public Cloud Connections wizard. Use the wizard to collect your infrastructure configuration, workload data, and/or cloud cost data and load it into Densify for analysis.

It may take up to 24 hours from the time you create the connection to data being collected, loaded and analyzed. If after 24 hours, there is still no data, or if your subscription or trial has expired, contact your Cloud Advisor.

The pre-data landing page appears immediately after you login into your Densify instance for the first time.

The following options are available on this page:

  • If you are creating a cloud connection, click the corresponding Play Now button to learn more about specific prerequisites for each of the public cloud options.
  • If you are creating VMware connections, you need to first download and configure the Densify Connector. See Data Collection for VMware Using the Connector for details on installing and configuring the Densify Connector. You can also click the corresponding Play Now button to see video instructions.
  • If you want to analyze your container infrastructure, you need to download and configure the data forwarder. Details and the required files are provided in Git Hub. You can also see Data Collection for Containers for details on prerequisites and configuration.

If your Densify instance has pre-configured connections, you may see the no-data landing page. Contact your Cloud Advisors to review the collected data and to proceed to the Densify Console or the Cloud Cost Intelligence module.

Densify Console

The Densify Console is available to all Densify SaaS users after bypassing the initial Densify landing page. A menu at the top of the console provides you with access to features and reports applicable to your Densify user role. The main report content page, filters, settings, and available toolbar items are dependent on the menu feature you select.

The first page displayed after you logged into the Densify Console is dependent on the type of data collected in your Densify instance:

  • Optimization Overview—The Optimization Overview Report is displayed if you have public cloud data collected, such as AWS, Azure or GCP infrastructure and workload data. See Viewing the Optimization Overview Report for further details of this report.
  • Optimization Overview—The Container Optimization Report is displayed if you are collecting and analyzing container data. See Optimizing Your Containers for further details of this report.
  • By the Numbers Report—The By the Numbers Report is displayed if you only have on-premise, private cloud data collected, such as VMware infrastructure data. See Understanding the By the Numbers Report for further details of this report.

Only the options for which you are collecting and analyzing data are displayed in your Densify Console.

Common UI Features

The common features are described below. They appear only when applicable.

The public cloud reports have been updates and contain some features that are not yet availble on the the Container or Private Cloud dashboards and reports.

Table: Common UI Features

Feature

Description

Menu

Allows you to navigate to the various features of the Densify Console. The features are grouped into the following menu sections:

  • PUBLIC CLOUD—contains public cloud optimization opportunity dashboards and access to the public cloud connection wizard;
  • CONTAINERS—contains Kubernetes Container optimization opportunity reports;
  • PRIVATE CLOUD—contains private cloud optimization opportunity reports, access to the Control Console and Densify Connector;
  • DEMAND PLANNING—contains private cloud features such as transform to cloud, route and reserve demand, plan and manage supply, and forecast reports;
  • AUTOMATION—contains automation features for your on premise and/or hybrid cloud environments;
  • MY REPORTS—contains Densify business intelligence reporting and analytics through the JasperReport Server.

In general, menu dropdown items and tabs are displayed only if there is applicable data. For example, with only public cloud data, menu items related to private cloud, demand planning, and automation are not displayed.

Global Filter

Allows you to set and control the scope of systems on which most components of the user interface report upon, i.e., reporting, managing of supply and demand, etc. For details, see Using the Global Filter.

Guest Filter

Allows you to filter guests for reports based on a set of configurable criteria. For details, see Using the Guest Filter.

Tabs

Within a topic page, tabs allow you to navigate to the different views or reports available.

Pagination

Allows you to a specific page, to the first/last page, or to the next/prev page of a multi-page report. The current page is highlighted.

Go Back

Allows you to navigate back to the previous page.

Note: Clicking the browser's back button logs you out of Densify.

Setting Options

The setting option is dynamic, depending on your current display.

For example, if you are displaying the Transform to Cloud page, selecting this icon displays the Transform to Cloud Options dialog box. See Transform to Cloud Options.

If you are displaying a report with capacity displayed, selecting this icon allows you to report using either the average VM size or a standard VM size. See Reporting Based on Average or Standard VM.

Export to Excel

Exports tabular reports to Microsoft® Excel. For details, see Exporting Report Data.

Online Help

Connects to the Densify online help pages.

Advisor Insight

The red notification indicator displays the number of advisor insights for the logged in user. Select the indicator to display a dropdown list of advisor insight notifications by cloud category. See Viewing Advisor Insight for details.

Profile & Settings

Allows you to reset your user password and log out of Densify.

The user name of the currently logged in user and the Densify edition are displayed.

If you are a member of the SaaS_User_Admin group, this tool allows you to access the user management feature to add, edit, or delete Densify SaaS user accounts. See Managing Densify User Accounts for details on managing users through the Densify Console.

Public Cloud Connections

Displays the Public Cloud Connections dialog box, to define connection information in order to collect public cloud data. For details, see Using the Public Cloud Connections Wizard.

Download Connector

Downloads the Densify Connector for VMware data collection. For details, see Data Collection for VMware Using the Connector.

Recommendation Filter Menu

Opens the Recommendation Filter Menu to narrow the results of the current report displayed. For details, see Using the Recommendation Filter Menu.