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Getting Started with Tags

Tags are a way of adding dimensions to metrics, so they can be filtered, aggregated, grouped, and compared in Sematext Cloud. Using tags enables you to observe and aggregate performance across a number of hosts and narrow the set further based on specific elements.

Tagging binds different data types in Sematext Cloud, allowing for correlation, data pivoting, and creating actionable metrics and logs. This is accomplished with reserved tags that you can find in our Common Schema. Here are some examples:

Solution Tag Name Allows for...
host Correlation and filtering by hostname across all logs
source Correlation and filtering by source across all logs, this could be a file name or even a full path to a filename, or the name of the application or process
severity Correlation and filtering by the log level, such as error or info, across all logs
Monitoring Segregation, aggregation and filtering of metrics, processes, and inventories across hosts
service.* Segregation, aggregation and filtering of metrics, processes, and inventories based on the services and where the data is coming from
process.* Segregation, aggregation and filtering of processes
container.* Segregation, aggregation and filtering of container metrics
kubernetes.* Segregation, aggregation and filtering of kubernetes metrics

Why Tags matter?

An example is when you look at containers, cloud infrastructure, or Kubernetes clusters. It is more useful to look at the CPU usage across a collection of hosts that belong to a service or cluster, rather than looking at the CPU usage for the hosts separately.

For example, tags like env:prod can be configured on all production servers and env:dev on all development servers.

Containers, Kubernetes clusters and cloud environments regularly start and terminate hosts, so it is critical to tag them to allow for aggregation of the metrics you’re getting. Alongside our full-text search, tagging is a powerful tool to make your life easier.

Defining you own tags

It is not recommended to use the names from our Common Schema for your own Custom Tags. Read more about defining tags on the Custom Tags page.

The Sematext Agent supports configuring custom tags. They can be specified in the Agent's configuration files.

Tags you define, and tags that are automatically configured in our Agents, can be used to group and filter data in dashboards and reports. Take a look at the Common Schema to see all the tags we gather automatically.