Insights usage metrics#

The usage metrics tab is accessed in Insights by clicking on Usage metrics in the left-hand navigation.

It provides an overview of the cluster usage over a period of time and a cost estimation tool. You can also download the usage data or send it to Starburst from this tab.


To access usage metrics through this tab, you must have Insights enabled to use persistent data by setting:


You must also grant users and/or groups the right to access the Usage metrics feature, as described in Insights configuration. See examples in Authorization examples.

Date filter#

Usage metrics

The time range for which the usage metrics are shown can be selected using a filter that provides the following options:

  • Today

  • Current month

  • Last month

  • Current year

  • Last year

  • All available dates

  • Custom range

Selecting the custom range option allows specifying a start and end date:

Usage metrics date range

A summary of the usage for the selected time range is shown in the pane along with a chart depicting cumulative usage over time. The data for the selected time interval can be downloaded or sent to Starburst.

Cost estimation tool#

The cost estimation tool allows you to optionally input the cost factor (price per vCPU per hour) for the instance type used in your SEP cluster. The estimated cost of usage per filtered period of time is displayed.

Usage metrics cost estimation tool

Automatic usage metrics upload#

Usage metrics are automatically uploaded to Starburst every hour. This upload consists of usage metrics collected since the previous upload. Note that if insights-persistence-enabled is set to false, usage metrics are still collected and stored in memory for up to 24 hours to support this upload.

You can configure this automatic metric upload in, but the default values should suffice for most deployments. The following snippet shows these configuration properties and their default values:

JSON-formatted records are created for the entire cluster, for each collection interval. They include the following information:

Usage metrics#




The total number of registered nodes in the coordinator.


The total number of CPU cores within the cluster, as the sum of all cores in the coordinator and in all registered workers.


The total available CPU time available since the last cluster restart.


The total cumulative CPU time used since the last cluster restart.


A unique, random instance identifier for the cluster.


The hash of the license file. The value is not encrypted, but is obtained using a cryptographic hash function.


The value of the owner field from the license file.


The license type.


The value of the node.environment property.


The SEP version used for the cluster.


The signature for the data record. The value is not encrypted, but is obtained using a cryptographic hash function.


The cluster start time for the cumulative period.


The timestamp of the record.

The following is an example record of the collected data from a cluster:

  "nodeEnvironment": "testing",
  "instanceId": "9236536d-16fa-473e-9aa2-dd1549de587c",
  "startTime": 1677112905047,
  "nodeVersion": "407-e.0",
  "time": "2023-02-23T01:00:38.648Z",
  "cumulativeCpuTime": "4754.86s",
  "cumulativeAvailableCpuTime": "27184.81s",
  "cores": 24,
  "activeNodes": 3,
  "signature": "a634d22f4804c6b369f722f786b724105eddba2f6796768d3d688e9d96ad9fdc",
  "licenseOwner": "testing",
  "licenseType": "JSON",
  "licenseHash": "f2ca1bb6c7e907d06dafe4687e579fce76b37e4e93b7605022da52e6ccc26fd2"

The collected data is sent to Starburst endpoints.

Proxy configuration#

If your network configuration blocks SEP’s automatic usage metrics upload, you can configure the configuration property to specify a proxy server that is allowed to access those external endpoints:

If the proxy server is secured and you need to trust its certificate, add the truststore used by the client with the following configuration:

Manual upload#

If the network upstream of your SEP cluster blocks the automatic usage metric upload and you are unable to configure a proxy, or disable the automatic upload by setting to false. You can then manually upload usage metrics data by following these steps:

  1. Download the usage metrics file from the Usage metrics in the Insights section of the Starburst Enterprise web UI.

  2. On a device with internet access, upload the metrics file to Starburst.