F5 Application Traffic Insight

Objective

This guide presents the end-to-end process for enabling and using F5 Application Traffic Insight (ATI), for those utilizing the JS Tag deployment method. For instructions on ATI deployment using either the BIG-IP iApp or NGINX methods, see Deploy ATI on Your Web Application.

Using the instructions provided in this guide, you can enable ATI functionality, generate a JavaScript tag, add it to your application, and monitor data in F5® Distributed Cloud Console.


Prerequisites

You must have a valid Volterra Account. If you do not have an account, see Create a Volterra Account.


Enable and Use ATI

Perform the following steps to enable and use ATI:

Step 1: Enable ATI and inject the ATI JS on your application's web pages.
  • In the Distributed Cloud Console home page, click Application Traffic Insight.

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Figure: Select Application Traffic Insight

  • In the ATI enablement page that appears, click Enable Application Traffic Insight.

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Figure: Enable ATI

  • In the Select Region screen that appears, select the region that best matches your customer-base and then click Next. The region you select here will determine where data is stored and processed.

Note: The region you select here cannot be changed later and will be valid for all applications that you configure on ATI.

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Figure: Select Region

  • In the Add Application pane, select JS Tag for the ATI deployment method.

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Figure: Select JS Tag Injection Method

  • Click Next. Instructions for enabling ATI with the JS tag appear in the pane.

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Figure: Instructions for Injecting JS

  • Follow the instructions for enabling ATI with the JS tag, and click Done when finished.

    Note: F5 recommends injecting the ATI JS tag in all the web pages of your application. If for some reason a customer prefers not to inject on all web pages, F5 recommends at least injecting the JS on all login pages.

Step 2: Test the JS injection.

There are two ways to test if the JS tag injection was successful:

  • Add the URL of the application in the text field (Step 4 in the image shown in previous step) and click Test JS Injection. If the injection was successful, then a green success checkmark will appear.

  • Go to the application and right-click Inspect. In the <head> section, locate the script tag. If the injection was successful, then the script tag should be present.

Click Done after verifying the JS injection.

Step 3: Monitor the ATI dashboard to view the device data.
  • In the navigation menu on the left, go to Monitoring -> Dashboard.

Note: The dashboard requires a few hours before showing any meaningful data. For best results, wait for a few days.

  • In the Dashboard, you can select to view data based on date ranges like 24 hours, 7 days, and 30 days. For details on Dashboard components, see View Data in the ATI Dashboard.