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Defining measurement criteria for CI Outage service targets

In Step 3 of 4 of the service target wizard, you can create the following types of CI Outage service targets:

  • Generic CI Outage service targets that track all the CI outages for the related CIs.
  • Conditional CI Outage service targets that contain a qualification that must be satisfied before the service target tracks the outages of the CI.


For Conditional CI Outage service targets, the filter is built with the service target start date time. Any outages submitted before this start date time are not considered.

Lifecycle interval

When you specify measurement criteria for a CI Outage service target by using the Service Target wizard, you must set the life cycle interval of the service target (in months). The milestone triggers only once during this lifecycle; at the end of this time, the measurement record is closed out and another record is created for another life cycle.

Best practice

We recommend that you use a lifecycle interval, especially if you set a milestone at an availability percentage. Then, the measurements can be quantified to produce a more accurate result. A life cycle enables you to know the total time for the measurement and therefore enables better tracking than without a life cycle.


A service target has a life cycle interval of one month with a milestone to trigger 95% of availability. The percentage of downtime is calculated within the life cycle of the service target. For a life cycle of 1 month (720 hours), the milestone triggers after 36 hours of downtime.

100% - 100 * (Unavailable time /Life cycle total time) = Availability %

If you do not set a life cycle, the system does have parameters within which to measure the percentage and the milestones trigger randomly. For example, a milestone is set to trigger at 95% of availability. The measurement starts and the CI is available for 1 hour, then the CI goes down for 1 hour. The milestone triggers when the percentage downtime is 5%:

Availability % = Total available time/(Total available time +Total Unavailable time)

The milestone is not triggered again.

Before you begin

See the following topics before you begin this step:

Defining service targets

Defining costs for CI Outage service targets

Fields on Step 3 of 4 of the service target wizard

The following table describes the fields in this tab of the service target wizard for both basic and advanced modes. Advanced mode includes all fields in the basic mode with additional options that you can use to define your service target.

Field or area on form


Mode (Basic or Advanced)

Use Template For Measurement Criteria

You can perform the following actions:

  • Select a template from the list of predefined templates. When you select a template, the Link to this template check box is automatically selected and the Measurement Criteria area is disabled.
  • If you want to modify the values in the Measurement Criteria area, clear the Link to this template check box.


Measurement Criteria

You can perform the following actions:

  • Type a description of the measurement criteria in the Description field.
  • Click Define to open the Qualification Builder for the Outage Condition window, in which you can build your outage condition by using the fields, operators, and keywords. The fields listed by default are from the AST:CI Unavailability form. The following example is of an outage condition:

    'Unavailability Type' = "Unscheduled Full"

    This condition must be satisfied before the outage measurements for the CI are started.


Lifecycle Interval

Specify the number of months for the life cycle interval of the service target.


We recommend that you set the life cycle interval within the range of 1 to 12 months, depending on your business needs. If you set the life cycle interval to 0 or a number above the recommended range, a large volume of data will need to be evaluated during compliance calculations.


Where to go from here

Defining milestones and actions for CI Outage service targets

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