Performance Analysis Dashboard Retention & Resolution

Dashboard Resolutions

The Performance Analysis Dashboard displays metrics at different resolution levels, depending on the historical time range that's selected in the toolbar. Whenever you're viewing the Dashboard in either Sample mode or in History mode, for ranges of 30 minutes or less, the raw samples collected (detail data) display. This detail level data has a collection frequency of anywhere from 10 seconds to one minute, depending on the metric. As you expand the time range you are viewing, averages over the indicated resolution interval are shown.

Time RangeResolution
0  <= 30 minDetail Data
30 min <= 8 hrs2 minutes
3 hrs 20 min <= 36 hrs10 minutes
12 hrs <= 5 days30 minutes
2 days <= 20 days2 hours
3 days 8 hrs <= 40 days4 hours
10 days <= 1 year1 days
20 days <= 2 years2 days
30 days <= 3 years+3 days

Historical Data Retention

Performance Analysis uses the SentryOne database to store all of the performance data it collects. Performance data is rolled up, or averaged based on the age of the data. Once data becomes old enough to move into the next range, it's represented by an average over the time. The default settings for data retention for the different resolutions are as follows:

ResolutionRetention Length
Detail Data3 days
2 min5 days
10 min10 days
30 min20 days
2 hours40 days
4 hours60 days
1 day1 year
2 days2 years
3 days3 years

Example One

A database administrator comes into work on Monday and wants to investigate a performance related issue that happened late Friday afternoon. Because detail data is retained for Three days (72 hours), they can access it using the most granular detail resolution ( 0 <= 30 min).

Example Two

A database administrator wants to compare performance data for the last two months (60 days). The data needs to be compared using the values for the four-hour resolution, because that's the resolution available at 60 days by default.

Note:  The data retention period can be customized for specific needs. For more information, see the SentryOne Data Capacity Planning topic.

Note:  Data viewed under the Processes tab follows the same data retention and resolution policies as outlined above.