An event is a point in time that represents the state of a service, application or infrastructure component. The state can be from a specific component of a service, application or infrastructure. Monitoring tools can generate events when potential problems are detected in your infrastructure.


Some monitoring tools refer to events as ‘alarms’ or ‘alerts.’ In BigPanda documentation ‘alert’ is always used to refer to the complete lifecycle of an event.

Events can be ingested as two unique types:

Monitoring Events

  • Webhook Calls
  • Emails
  • SNMP Traps

Change Events

  • Service Changes
  • Deploys
  • Builds

Over time status updates and repeat events may occur from the same system issue. In BigPanda, raw event data is merged into a singular alert so that you can visualize the life cycle of a detected issue over time.

For example, a CPU load alert may start with a warning event, then increase in severity with a critical event, and finally get resolved with a resolution event. All three of these events will be merged into a single alert. Common events that are sent to BigPanda include: “CPU > 95% for more than 5 minutes” and “Port X on Router ABC down”

BigPanda correlates related alerts into incidents for visibility into high-level, actionable incidents.

Incident Callouts

Incident Callouts

1 - Incident
2 - Alert
3 - Event