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Getting Around the Kubernetes Navigator πŸ”—

The new SignalFx Kubernetes Navigator gives you a real-time, at-a-glance view of the overall health and performance of your Kubernetes environment. It also provides visibility all the way through the stack as you drill down and across elements of your environment, reflecting the fact that the infrastructure, Kubernetes control plane, containers, applications, and services are all related layers, not just individual system components.


If you are using the SignalFx Smart Agent version 4.14 or lower, see Kubernetes Built-in Content instead of this section to get familiar with the ways to visualize data from your nodes, pods, containers, and network.

To start, do one of the following:

  • Hover over Infrastructure in the navigation bar and under Kubernetes Navigator, select Cluster Map.
  • Click Infrastructure in the navigation bar to open the Infrastructure page, display the sidebar if necessary, and under Kubernetes Navigator, select Cluster Map.
select cluster map

The Kubernetes Navigator selection bar provides several tabs for viewing information about your clusters, nodes, pods, containers, and workloads:

  • Map β€” Displays your Kubernetes infrastructure in an interactive cluster map
  • Nodes β€” Displays a detailed list of all the nodes in your cluster
  • Workloads β€” Displays a detailed list of all the workloads running in a selected cluster
  • Node Detail β€” Displays detailed information about a selected node
  • Workload Detail β€” Displays detailed information about a selected workload
  • Pod Detail β€” Displays detailed information about a selected pod
  • Container Detail β€” Displays properties of a selected container

Depending on your tab selection, the page displayed might be divided into a main area on the left and a sidebar on the right.


The Main Area πŸ”—

Using the SignalFx Smart Agent, the Kubernetes Navigator automatically discovers the full hierarchy of elements – clusters, nodes, pods, containers – and their associated metadata, as well as the workloads running in them. As that information is streamed through the SignalFx platform, the Kubernetes Navigator dynamically produces interactive cluster maps, builds detailed node and workload lists, and populates built-in performance dashboards.

Explore the main area:
  • Hover β€” Hover over an element to display a blue border and to open a tooltip that displays information about the element, including the element’s condition or phase, if applicable.

  • Zoom β€” Hover over a cluster or node to display a magnifying glass icon in the upper left corner of the element. Click the magnifying glass icon to apply the filter and change the zoom level of the map.

  • Select β€” Click an element on the map to drill down for more detail. Details about the element display in the Info tab of the sidebar on the right. Selecting an element on the map does not change the zoom level or filters on the map, but it does add a black border around the element on the map.

  • Filter β€” Filter the map by any dimension or property key-value pair in your Kubernetes data. This displays only the infrastructure related to a particular workload, namespace, or any other key-value pair. You can also filter an item out, for example, by typing an exclamation point (!) before the key name, to exclude it.


The Sidebar πŸ”—

The sidebar on the right contains more details about one of the elements that you selected from the main area, allowing you to drill down to details without losing context.


Explore the sidebar:
  • Analyzer tab (SignalFx Enterprise Edition only) β€” Displays suggested filters about the selected element.
  • Info tab β€” Displays details about the selected element: workload, node, pod, or container
  • Expand icon β€” Displays the Info tab content in full screen
  • Hide icon β€” Hides the entire sidebar


When the sidebar has no Info tab available, the cluster map loads with the sidebar closed. The sidebar is also hidden if the element on which it is focused is deselected, the filter clears, or you navigate to a new page.