Activity Map displays traffic from devices as it flows across the ExtraHop network. Each circle represents a device connection and displays protocol names, while lines represent the direction of traffic flow. Click any circle or line in the map to view more information about the connection.

The graphical representation of the connection can help you quickly understand the paths that traffic takes between origin and destination devices, as well as the volume and frequency of traffic. You can add steps and create filters to better understand the flow of traffic.

Steps define the level of connection between devices and are based on their protocol activity, which is a set of data points that show how data is sent from one device to another. You can add up to 5 steps in a single map, and you can also filter the map by protocol and device role.

In order for a map to work, the ExtraHop system must observe protocol activity from all of the devices that you’ve selected as sources in the map. This includes client, server, and peer devices.

This allows the ExtraHop system to identify how the data is flowing from origin devices to downstream devices. In addition, if the same device is observed by more than one source, you can see how all of the devices are connected to each other in the same way.

Creating an Activity Map

To create an Activity Map, you must log in to the ExtraHop system through the web interface. Once you’ve logged in, go to Standard Analysis or Advanced Analysis and select the origins and device groups that you want to map.

You can choose to include a time interval when creating an activity map, which will cause the map to continually update its layout with new data. You can also choose a start and end time to stop the real-time update.

Once you’ve created an activity map, it can be displayed on the website or in a browser plugin. Access to the Activity Map reporting can be assigned to individual users or groups via the Adobe Experience Cloud User Administration console.

The Activity Map can be accessed from the Analytics UI in the Report suites section, where admin users can enable it across the report suite they are managing. Once activated, the Activity Map module cannot be disabled.

Readership Activity Map for a repository homepage or collection

The Digital Commons Readership Activity Map is a real-time visualization of downloads that can be used to showcase the impact of a repository’s scholarship. Embedded on a repository homepage or included on a publication (series, journal), the map displays location pins to demonstrate the impact of works downloaded from the collection as they are distributed and shared online.

It can be placed at the top, middle, or bottom of a repository homepage, and in communities and publications on the main page. It can be enabled at the site and collection levels, with configurations available to administrators at each level to control its appearance.