AlertOps and StatusDashboard

AlertOps’ alert management system can be integrated with StatusDashboard to receive and respond to all (predefined status mappings) alerts through email, SMS, push notification or phone alerts. AlertOps would ensure that the alert/job status would reach the appropriate team by using proper workflows, escalation policies and schedules. Based on your ruleset, incidents can be automatically opened and closed, depending on what kind of alert StatusDashboard reports.

The above scenario and scope for integration is due to the fact that AlertOps has a very flexible and simple API/Webhook configuration feature that can be leveraged with StatusDashboard's webhook subscription capabilities.

AlertOps - Inbound Integration

We can define rulesets in AlertOps so that StatusDashboard can send out alerts to the AlertOps platform. AlertOps would ensure based on these notifications received, that it would always reach out and assign to the correct person/team by utilizing its escalation policies, schedules, and workflow features.

AlertOps provides Inbound Integrations to integrate with numerous monitoring, chat and ITSM tools. You can configure an inbound integration for StatusDashboard.

At a high level this is how the flow looks like, you define an API integration in the AlertOps platform by defining settings like Integration Name, Escalation rules, recipient users/groups. Once an integration is defined, a unique API URL is generated. This acts as webhook or the gateway through which notifications from StatusDashboard reach AlertOps and thus an incident/alert is created correspondingly. The API can be defined with various settings like URL mappings, filters, escalations etc. as required. StatusDashboard has to be defined with a webhook notification subscription.

To configure an Inbound Integration in AlertOps to receive alerts from StatusDashboard,

  • Under 'Integrations' select 'Inbound Integrations', select the category 'API' and then select add 'Add API Integration'

  • There are numerous integration options available in AlertOps, select StatusDashboard (else select Custom)

  • Once you selected the integration, you can then specify basic settings like the integration name, escalation policy, names of the recipients/groups for which the alerts must be assigned to.

  • Once you click save, the API Integration will be created, and you will be given a unique URL which acts as the access point and needs to be configured at the source (in this case StatusDashboard), to send alerts. You can find the integration you just created, and you can give advanced settings and define various configurations for the alerts to be received and processed. For example, you can define when to open and close alerts based on the payload obtained from the API call, filters etc.

  • Make a note of the API URL, which will be used in StatusDashboard, so it calls a HTTP POST request to this URL with the body in JSON format containing the alert specific information. AlertOps automatically creates an alert when the status variable (status) contains 'Started/Identified'. The incident will also be closed automatically when the status 'Completed/Resolved' is received from StatusDashboard.

  • You can similarly define URL mappings as you want, owing to the flexibility provided by AlertOps’ OpenAPI/Plug-and-Play integrations. You can provide other filters and match with regex expressions as well. You can also test the generated URL with the sample data provided

Configuration of StatusDashboard for the Integration,

  • In your StatusDashboard portal, select Notifications in the left menu, and then select Webhook.

  • You can add a webhook here specific to a dashboard, where you will paste the AlertOps Inbound Integration API URL, and set it up.

  • You can subscribe to webhook notification settings based on whether you are an 'End-User' or if you are an 'Administrator'

  • End users can navigate to the Dashboard, click the subscribe button and select the Webhook icon. Here you will paste the AlertOps Inbound Integration API URL and an email address where you would confirm the subscription.

  • Administrators can navigate to Notifications in the left menu, and then Webhook, Dashboard Specific options, where you would be able to manually subscribe, manage endpoints and subscriptions.

  • Ensure notifications are always enabled.

For more information on how to setup webhooks for StatusDashboard, refer this link

Thats it! You have configured a Webhook notification/subscription. Any alert will be sent to AlertOps for incident management.

Message logs, alert specific information can be viewed in the “Inbound Log” section in AlertOps Dashboard. Alerts can be viewed in the ‘Alerts’ tab as well.

Alert Triggering Information:

AlertOps will automatically create an incident when a new alert is received from StatusDashboard when the status contains "Started/Identified".

If an alert with status "Started/Identified" matches an existing Open Alert, AlertOps will recognize the new alert as a duplicate and ignore the alert.

The alert will be recorded in the Inbound Messages table as “Mapped Appended.”

AlertOps will automatically close the same incident when an alert with status contains "Completed/Resolved".

References

AlertOps Integration Guides

General Restful API Guide

StatusDashboard Support

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