Resource Utilization

The Resource Utilization report uses boxplots to provide simple visualizations of each of your element’s utilization. The types of boxplots shown are controlled by optional filters. Filters allow you to narrow the elements displayed by element name, element type, element tags, and element attributes.

Box Example

Boxplots are a standard way of displaying a distribution of data based on five values: the minimum, the lower quartile (25th percentile), the median, the upper quartile (the 75th percentile), and the maximum. Interquartile range (IQR) is the range between the lower quartile and upper quartile, represented by the width of the boxplot. The image below shows where each value is displayed in a boxplot.

To use the Resource Utilization report, navigate to Cost Management, then select Right Sizing. Select the Utilization Boxplot tab at the top of the page.


Available Views

Available Views
  1. Filters (Green): Contains several filters where you can search for element names, element types, tags, attributes, collectors, and more. Expand the More filter to see additional filters; select a filter to add it to the list of active filters.

  2. Graph (Yellow): Displays the resource utilization for the selected metric and elements. Scroll over a boxplot to view the element it represents, as well as the minimum, lower quartile, median, upper quartile, and maximum values for that element’s utilization metric within the specified Time Frame setting.

  3. View Options (Red): Use View Options to specify the utilization metric that’s used to provide the details in the graph; the number of boxplots displayed; sort boxplots by max, upper quartile, median, lower quartile, min, or interquartile range (IQR); and specify if the boxplots should be listed in ascending or descending order. See the following topics for more information on utilization metrics available for elements generated by some of the integrations CloudWisdom provides:

    • Amazon Metrics

    • Collectd Metrics

    • Diamond Metrics

    • Java Metrics

    • Linux Metrics

    • Windows Metrics

  4. Time Frame Controls (Blue): The Time Frame controls the range of data displayed. To refresh data, click the refresh button.Selecting “1w” in the Time Frame displays the most recent week of data and/or elements. By selecting “Ending Now,” you can specify a range of data beginning with a date other than today. For more information, see Time Frame.


The number of elements displayed on the Resource Utilization report is sensitive to the time frame setting i.e. an element that was available a week ago but not available now would show on the list when 1w is selected.


Widen Historical Scope

Click Duration (past) and select a period of time. Selecting 1 hour displays the most recent hour of data.

Widen Historical Scope

Pick Historical End Date

Pick End Date

Click Ending to specify an ending date other than today.

View Sliding Window (Default)

Data will automatically reload to reflect your changes.


Assume that it is now 12:00 PM on January 8th. If the ending date in the Time Frame is set to today, selecting 1w allows you to view the most recent week of data. This means the data displayed is between 12:00 PM on January 1st and 12:00 PM on January 8th (now). Or, if you select 1h in the Time Frame, you can view data collected between 11:00 AM on January 8th and 12:00 PM on January 8th (now).