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REST API Monitoring Examples

Customers can use these procedures to obtain detailed statistics, including the popular request for Tunnels (loss, latency, jitter and so on), interface and flow statistics.


Note: The process for retrieving CPU and memory stats for each EdgeConnect follows a different process and is not file-based.

Getting Statistics Time Range

Appliances generate statistics every minute. Each minute, appliances generate statistics of different types in different CSV files. These CSV files are zipped into a single file for convenience. Appliances are also configured to keep only a certain number of these files. Appliances also retain statistics for a specified time period only. The polling systems (Orchestrator or third-party systems) must get their data before these files age out. Most appliances are configured to keep this data for at least a few
hours. You can configure the length of time appliances keep data in the Orchestrator.

A poller calls the following REST API to get a range of timestamps for which data is present on the appliance:

GET /rest/json/stats/minuteRange

This will return the following output:

{ "newest": "1649778540", "oldest": "1649691900" }

These two numbers are minute boundaries expressed in standard epoch seconds. This example indicates Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 3:49:00 PM to Monday, April 11, 2022, 3:45:00 PM.

Polling for a Specific Minute

Once you obtain the time range, you can iterate over every minute (or start from the last minute not yet retrieved). For example:

for (int i=1649691900; i<=1649778540; i+60) {
 retrieve zip file
 insert stats into your database

The API for retrieving a zip file for a specific minute looks like this:

GET /rest/json/stats/minuteStats/st2-1649691900.tgz

All the file names start with st2- and are followed by a minute timestamp in epoch seconds. The file extension is .tgz

Specific to 9.3, the Statistics ZIP file content contains the following:

  1. tunnel.csv, tunnel_peak.csv, tunnel_v2.txt
  2. interface.csv, interface_peak.csv, interface_v2.txt
  3. flow.csv, flow_peak.csv, flow_v2.txt
  4. dscp.csv, dscp_peak.csv, dscp_v2.txt
  5. tclass.csv, tclass_peak.csv, tclass_v2.txt
  6. shaper.csv, shaper_v2.txt
  7. jitter.csv, mos.csv
  8. zone_pair.csv, zone_pair_v2.txt
  9. boost.csv, boost_v2.txt
  10. drops.csv, drops_v2.txt
  11. drc.csv
  12. ftype.csv, ftype_peak.csv, ftype_v2.txt
  13. interface_overlay.csv, interface_overlay_v2.txt
  14. health_v2.txt
  15. tunnel_availability_v2.txt
  16. interface_availability_v2.txt
  17. appliance_reachability_v2.txt
  18. probe.csv, probe_v2.txt
  19. inet_bkout.csv, inet_bkout_v2.txt
  20. appperf.csv, appperf_v2.txt

These files are in two different formats:

The two formats are .csv and _v2.txt files is the new format optimized for new StatsCollector. Customers are also recommended to use this file format.

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