Recommendations page in the GCP VM Instances view

The Recommendations page in the GCP VM Instances view displays a set of recommended actions that can help you resolve capacity-related problems in your Google cloud environment.

To access the page, in the navigation pane of the Views tab, click Views > Cloud > GCP > GCP VM Instances. The VM Instances page is displayed. Click the Recommendations tab.

Based on the type of problem in the infrastructure, a recommendation type is defined. For more information about all the recommendation types, and the configurable parameters and thresholds that are used to generate them, see Resolving capacity risk and efficiency issues by using recommendations.

Recommendations summary

The Recommendations table displays detailed recommendation information for all the GCP VM instances. The following table describes each column in detail:

Severity or Efficiency icon

Every recommendation has an Efficiency icon associated with it. The icon indicates the level of efficiency improvement. It is based on the estimated savings (in $) per month that you can achieve by implementing the recommended actions. One of the following icons is displayed:

Icon - Efficiency level

 - high 

 - medium

 - low 

The thresholds for calculating the efficiency level is defined in the associated optimizer rule.

Click the icon to view the recommendation details.

Name of the system for which the recommendation is generated. Click the name link to open the details page.
System TypeType of the system. For example, Virtual Machine - GCP.
TypeDenotes the type of problem. For example, Idle VM.

Brief description of the problem type. For example: This VM instance has been detected to be idle for more than 25 days.

Recommended actions

Suggested actions to solve the problem. For example: Terminate this VM instance to save $32 per month.

Filtering options

Use the sorting and filtering options on the page to find a specific system. For more information, see Sorting tables in views on the Helix Capacity Optimization Dashboard and Using filtering options in views on the Helix Capacity Optimization Dashboard.

Additionally, you can use the following filtering options on this page.

 Filtering Option Description
Severity quick filter

Enables you to quickly filter out systems to display details for systems based on their severity of risk and efficiency. A filter button for each of the following severity levels is available:

  • Critical Risk
  • Warning Risk
  • High Efficiency
  • Medium Efficiency
  • Low Efficiency

For example, if you apply Critical Risk filter, only systems at critical risk are displayed and you can review recommendation details for them.

System type

Use this filter to select a specific system type.

Recommendations details

To view the recommendation details for a VM, click the corresponding Efficiency icon (For example. ).
The Recommendations details window provides the exact findings along with the recommended actions that you can take to manage the VM. 

The following table explains the different fields that you see in the Recommendations window.

SystemName of the VM instance
Optimizer findingsBrief description of the issue
TypeRecommendation type. It is one of the configuration parameters in the optimizer rule that generates this recommendation
Severity/EfficiencyEfficiency level of the recommendation that is based on the estimated savings per month that you can achieve by implementing the recommended action
Generated onDate of the last run of the associated optimizer rule
Optimizer ruleName of the associated optimizer rule
Recommended actionsSuggested actions that you can implement to optimize costs
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