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Understanding SolarWinds Platform Charts and Graphs

This topic applies to all SolarWinds Platform products.

SolarWinds products offer a rich variety of information on the health and performance of your IT systems. Some charts are very data rich and may be more difficult to understand what is represented.

See the overview of chart types available in the SolarWinds Platform Web Console. SolarWinds recommends that you use modern charts and migrate the earlier versions to modern-style charts at your earliest convenience. See Migrate charts to the modern style.

Name Example notes
Legacy charts

Legacy charts are not interactive. You can only edit them by clicking the chart and going to the Custom Chart view.

These are only gif images rendered at the time of the page load. All chart controls are hidden behind the Edit button and are only accessible to the Orion Administrator.

Starting with Orion Platform 2018.4, you cannot add these charts to the SolarWinds Platform Web Console views any more.

Historical, or classic charts

Interactive: You can zoom in/out easily, select relative time frames without having Orion Administrator rights.

You can easily identify them by the zoom panel with drag handles at the bottom of each chart.

If your classic chart has a modern-style equivalent, consider replacing it with the modern chart. Although you can add and use classic charts now, they will not be supported in a future version.

Modern charts

Modern charts use client-side rendering and are thus faster to load than their predecessors. Rendering offloaded to the client improves the performance of the SolarWinds Platform Web Console, and allows for more users logged in concurrently.

They also handle responsive design much better than classic charts.

Purpose-built and designed based on customer feedback.

These charts reflect the time in the browser, not the server time.