Managing your existing services is done through the same tools (ECX Portal or API) as with all other activities. Users can gain access to the current state of any service, connection or component, can see performance information about many components and can operate on or change them as well (covered in the next section).
In the portal, there are two places to view your inventory: the “Connections” tab or the “Components” tab. Depending on the nature of the need, each has somewhat different coverage.
For example, many complete connection requests (especially those built at Layer 2 from the “create...” section) can be found in the Connections tab, or by making a “GET” call from the API on a specific ID. The information includes:
- Current and active connections that you own
- Deleted connections that you once owned and their history
- Current and active connections of your customers who have procured connections to a service you own and offer
- Deleted connections from customers who have procured connections to a service you own and offer
- Pending connection requests where some action is required by you
Within the components tab, you will see a breakout of many of the individual pieces that make up your overall solution. These records will include:
- The component name (which corresponds with the name on your invoice, whether it is billed or not)
- Other components that an individual record is associated with (such as a Connector indicating to which port and which RI it is connected)
- Deleted and historical components, including those previously related to another
Within these records, the system will typically tell you things about each connection or component, such as:
- The overall technical parameters that were entered
- A history/timestamp of the creation and last change, and the username
- The customer of record based on the account name
- Current state
Users can view the port component for detailed utilization metrics on any port that is accessible or visible in their account or sub accounts. Utilization is the measurement of how much data or traffic is passing into or out of a given object (in this case, the physical port).
The ECX reports four key measurements related to utilization:
- In Max: the maximum throughput spike, measured in Mbps, that was reached during the measured interval, of all traffic that was inbound to the customer’s network from the ECX
- Out Max: the maximum throughput spike, measured in Mbps, that was reached during the measured interval, of all traffic that was outbound to the ECX from the customer’s network
- In Average: the average of all measurements, during the measured interval, of all traffic that was inbound to the customer’s network from the ECX
- Out average: the average of all measurements, during the measured interval, of all traffic that was outbound to the ECX from the customer’s network
The charts are sized to the minimum and maximum rather than the physical size of the port. Results can be adjusted for the time interval desired (from previous day to previous year). The results cannot currently be broken out per service, VC, or connector—they are aggregated into a single measurement.