Google Maps Platform Monitoring

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Cloud Monitoring collects metrics for your APIs and service and of the Google Cloud Platform resources that you use. This topic describes how to configure Cloud Monitoring and how to use it to monitor API usage, create dashboards, and create alerts.

Cloud Monitoring has a large set of features and options. This topic introduces Cloud Monitoring and provides basic examples. For information on all the features, including many more examples, see the Cloud Monitoring documentation.

Configure Cloud Monitoring

Monitoring lets you view and manage the metrics:

  • For a single project
  • For multiple projects within a single organization
  • For multiple projects across multiple organizations

To ensure that the metrics for your projects are available, do the following:

  1. In the Google Cloud Console, select Monitoring:

    Go to Monitoring

  2. Ensure that you have selected the correct project.
  3. In the Monitoring navigation pane, click > to the right of Metrics Scope. The following screenshot shows the page that is displayed when the AllEnvironments project is selected:

    Screenshot of the metrics monitored for the project. Each project,
  along with its project ID and role is listed.

The table labeled Metrics monitored by this project lists the projects whose metrics are accessible to the current metrics scope. Each row in the table lists a project and that project's role:

  • Scoping project: This project stores the uptime checks, alerting policies, groups, and dashboards that you configure. There is a 1:1 relationship between a metrics scope and a scoping project. For this example, the AllEnvironments project is the scoping project.
  • Monitored project: The metrics for the project are visible to the current metrics scope. For this example, the Staging and Production projects are monitored projects.

The table labeled The projects listed below can view this project's metrics lists the projects whose metrics scope includes the current project. The previous screenshot shows that no other projects can access the metrics stored by the AllEnvironments project.

For more information, including how to add and remove projects, see Configure Cloud Monitoring.

Explore metrics

To explore metric data, build a chart by using the Metrics Explorer which is included with Cloud Monitoring. For example, if you want to view the quota usage of an API, you can use the Metrics Explorer to construct a chart that displays the most recent data.

The following image shows a chart detailing quota usage for Maps APIs:

Screenshot of the Quota metrics data for all Maps API. It shows a bar chart
  where each segment of hte bar corresponds to a different API.

This example shows a stacked bar chart where each API is represented by a section of the bar. You can create different chart types, such as line charts, bar charts, and heat maps. You can also create a single chart that displays up to 10 different metrics.

In this image:

  • The Resource Type and Metric fields to the left of the chart define the metric data displayed in the chart.
  • The chart type drop-down above the chart lets you select the chart type. In this example, it is set to Stacked bar chart.
  • The time interval above the chart is set to 1W (one week).
  • Below the chart is the list of service, quota_metrics, API method, and metric value that define the chart's data. Select Add Filter to use this information to refine the displayed data.

When you navigate away from the Metrics Explorer page, the chart is discarded so you don't have any unwanted artifacts to delete. Alternatively, you can save the chart to a custom dashboard, or share it. See Create dashboards below for more information on adding a chart to a dashboard.

Chart a single metric

To configure a chart by using Metrics Explorer, do the following:

  1. In the Cloud Console, select Monitoring:

    Go to Monitoring

  2. In the navigation pane, select Metrics explorer.
  3. In the toolbar, select Stacked bar chart from the chart type drop-down to view the metrics data as a bar chart.
  4. Select a time interval, such as 1W (one week).
  5. Specify the data to appear on the chart. To use a menu-driven interface or to enter a filter, select the Configuration tab. To use the Monitoring Query Language (MQL), select the MQL tab.
    1. To chart quota usage, select Consumer Quota as the Resource type. Alternatively, if you wanted to create a metric for API usage, select Consumed API. Hover over each resource type to see its description.
    2. For the metric, select Rate quota usage. The chart automatically updates to display metric data. Notice that there are other quota options for the metric. Hover over each metric to see a description. For more information about Metrics Explorer fields, see Selecting metrics and Choosing how to display charted data.
  6. (Optional) Use the following options to refine the display:
    1. To specify a subset of data to display, add filters. To add a filter, select Add filter and complete the dialog. For more information, see Filter charted data. For example, to view data for a single API:
      1. In the Label field select method.
      2. In the Comparison field select = (equals).
      3. In the Value field select the name of a specific method. You will be prompted to select the name of a method with data to display.
      4. Select Done to update the chart.
    2. To group time series by a label, use the Group by field. Selecting a value for this field automatically selects a value for the Aggregator field.
    3. To specify how to combine time series, set the Aggregator field. For example, if the Group by field is empty and the Aggregator field is set to mean, then the chart displays the average of the time series.
    4. To configure how the individual time series are processed, select Advanced Options. See Selecting metrics when using Metrics Explorer for more information.
  7. Optionally add to a dashboard.

    When you navigate away from the Metrics Explorer page, the chart is discarded. You can optionally select Save Chart to save the chart to a new or existing dashboard. See Creating dashboards below for more information on adding a chart to a dashboard.

Chart multiple metrics

In some situations, you might want to display multiple metrics on the same chart. For example, you might want to show the quota limit on the same charts as you show the quota usage. A chart can display a maximum of 10 metrics.

To add a metric to an existing chart, do the following:

  1. In the existing chart, select Add another metric at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select the metric, and then specify how to display the time series for that metric in the same way as you configured the original metric above.

For more information on exploring metrics, see:

Create dashboards

Dashboards let you view and monitor your time-series data as a collection of charts. Cloud Monitoring supports predefined dashboards and custom dashboards:

  • Predefined dashboards are automatically installed for the Google Cloud Platform services that you use. These dashboards aren't configurable.
  • Custom dashboards are those dashboards that you create. Custom dashboards let you define the data you want to view and how to view that data. For example, you can display metric data, alerting policies, and logs stored in your project. You can display time-series data on a chart, with a gauge or scorecard, or in tabular form.

To create custom dashboards, you can use the Cloud Console or the Cloud Monitoring API. The following image shows a custom dashboard with two charts:

  • A quota chart on the left
  • An API count chart on the right

A screenshot of a custom dashboard, displaying two charts. The chart on
  the left is a quota chart, while the chart on the right is a chart of API usage.
  Both charts list time points on their horizontal axis.

Create a custom dashboard by creating metrics charts and then adding the charts to the dashboard. You can create the chart in the Metrics explorer, then add it to a new or existing dashboard. Or, you can create the dashboard, and then edit the dashboard to add a chart.

If you choose to manage custom dashboards by using the Cloud Monitoring API, the Metrics explorer provides you two useful utilities:

  • To generate the JSON representation for a chart that you plan to add to a dashboard, configure the chart with Metrics Explorer. You can then access the JSON representation from the More options menu item in the Metrics Explorer toolbar.
  • To identify the syntax for a Monitoring filter, which is used with the Cloud Monitoring API, use the menu-driven interface of Metrics Explorer to configure the chart. After you select the metric and filters, switch to direct filter mode to view the equivalent Monitoring filter.

Create a custom dashboard

To create a custom dashboard, do the following:

  1. In the Cloud Console, select Monitoring:

    Go to Monitoring

  2. In the navigation pane, select Dashboards.
  3. In the Dashboards Overview page, click Create dashboard.
  4. For each chart that you want to add to the dashboard, do the following:
    1. Select a chart type from Add chart, or drag one from the library to the graph area.

      A preconfigured chart of the selected type is displayed. The following example shows a Line chart and its configuration pane:

      A screenshot of the metrics explorer which you use to create a chart to
    add to a dashboard.

    2. Select the Resource type and Metric, and apply any filters just as you did above when creating a chart.

      For more information about your choices, see Add dashboard widgets.

  5. (Optional) In the dashboard toolbar, click Add chart to add another chart and then repeat the previous steps to customize the chart.
  6. When you are done editing, select the left arrow to leave the dashboard, or select any other Monitoring menu item. Your dashboard is saved automatically.

View a dashboard

To view a dashboard, do the following:

  1. In the Cloud Console, select Monitoring:

    Go to Monitoring

  2. In the navigation pane, select Dashboards.
  3. Select your custom dashboard or a predefined dashboard from the list.

For more information on creating dashboards, see:

Create alerts

Alerting gives timely awareness to problems in your applications so you can resolve the problems quickly. In Cloud Monitoring, an alerting policy describes the circumstances under which you want to be alerted and how you want to be notified.

Alerting policies can be simple or complex. Alerting policies let you configure whether a single time series can cause a condition to be met, or whether multiple time series must satisfy the condition before it is met. For example:

  • Notify me when the request count for a specific API exceeds 1000 requests per 5-minute window.
  • Notify the on-call team when the 90th percentile of HTTP 200 responses exceeds a latency of 100 ms for 3 or more APIs.

The following image shows an alert definition to generate a notification when the request count for an API exceeds 20 requests in a 5 minute window:

A screenshot of the alert definition showing API request counts for all
  Maps APIs as individual lines, and the alert threshold as a horizontal line.

In this image:

  • The chart show the number of API calls over time for different APIs.
  • The red line shows the alert threshold. API calls that exceed this threshold for a 5-minute window trigger the alert. In this example, you can see that one API exceeded the limit.

When the conditions of an alerting policy are met, Cloud Monitoring opens an incident and issues notifications:

  • An incident is a persistent record that stores information about the monitored resources when the condition was met. When the condition stops being met, the incident is automatically closed. You can view all incidents, open and closed, by using the alerting dashboard.
  • You specify who is to be notified when you configure an alerting policy. Monitoring supports common notifications channels, including email, Cloud Mobile App, and services such as PagerDuty or Slack. For a full list of notification channels, see Notification options.

Alert types

Cloud Monitoring supports many types of alerts. For example, you can define:

  • Metric threshold alerts: Trigger an alert if a metric rises above or falls below a value for a specific duration window or a metric increases or decreases by a predefined percentage.
  • Budge alerts: Set threshold rules to trigger notifications when your costs (actual costs or forecasted costs) exceed a percentage of your budget (based on the rules you set). The alert does not cap API usage, it only alerts you when your spend amount gets near the specified amount.
  • Quota alerts: Google Cloud Platform establishes various quotas that you can use to track and limit the resources consumed by a project or organization. Use alerts to send notifications when your usage approaches a quota limit.

See Types of alerting policies for more information.

Manage alerting policies

You can add an alerting policy to your project by using the Cloud Console or the Cloud Monitoring API. For information about how to view a list of your project's metric-based alerting policies, and how to modify those policies, see the following:

Create an alert

When you create an alert, you:

  • Define the conditions triggering your alerts, based on metrics data.
  • Define notification channels to which alert notifications will be sent.

The example below shows how to set up an alert triggering when your Google Maps Platform service usage rate for any API exceeds 2 requests for a 5-minute window.

To create the alert, do the following:

  1. In the Cloud Console, select Monitoring:

    Go to Monitoring

  2. Select Alerting.
  3. Select Edit Notifications Channel to define how the alert issues its notification. In this example, you will use your email address.
    1. For the Email channel, select Add New.
    2. Enter an Email Address and Display Name.
    3. Select Save.
  4. Select Alerting.
  5. Select Create Policy.
  6. Select a time interval, such as 7 days.
  7. Under Alert Conditions, select New condition:
    1. Click on Select a Metric, and select Consumed API as the resource and Request Count as the metric and then select Apply.
    2. (Optional) Below the chart is the list of service, quota_metrics, API method, and metric value. Select Add filter to filter the data based on this information. For example, you can use the filter to specify that the method has to equal google.places.Autocomplete.http to trigger the alert.
    3. Under Transform data select 5 min for the Rolling window and mean for the Rolling window function.
    4. Select Next.
  8. Under Configure alert trigger, set the Threshold value to 2 to specify to trigger the alert when there are more than 2 requests in the 5 minute window. Notice that the chart now shows the red line indicating the alert limit for the selected time interval. From the chart, you can see where an alert would have been triggered. You can use this chart to help you adjust the limit as necessary.
  9. Click Next.
  10. On the Configure notifications and finalize alert page:
    1. Select the email address you created for the Notification Channel.
    2. Under Name the alert, enter My Test Alert.
    3. Select Create Policy.
  11. Make some API requests. Ensure that you make more than two API requests within five minutes to generate the alert email notification.
  12. After you get the email for the alert, go to the Alerting page.
    1. In the table listing alerts, click on the alert to view more information.
    2. Click the alert name to see information about the alert, including a chart showing the event that triggered it.

For more information on alerts, see: