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A topology is a representation of logical system made up of components and sub-components.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Different Views of the same resources based on use case e.g. Platform teams might want an infra focused view, while application teams want an app focused view
  • Partial Views enable publishing high-level details of a component without exposing internal or private data more widely.

A topology is comprised of:

  • Components and sub-components that represent logical parts of the system. Components can be nested to represent hierarchy.
  • Config Items (and their associated changed/insights) that represent the underlying configuration or code of a component.
  • Health Checks (or SLO's) to determine the health of a component in a consistent way.
  • Properties and links to documentation or external consoles and dashboards
  • Metrics aggregated from external data sources


Components are represented as cards:

Mini Dashboards

One way to think about a component is as a mini dashboard that has provides a detailed RAG status that incorporates metrics and configuration from multiple sub-components and/or external systems.

Logical Views

Components can be created to represent any logical view of a system, for example the below represents a FluxCD installation, mapping helm releases to pods and resources that they create.

Components vs Config Items

Sometimes a logical resource is both a Component and a Config Item, for example a Kubernetes Namespace or Pod. What distinguishes them is that config items are physical - they represent a resource or configuration that exists.

Components on the other hand are how people think about and model complex systems.