Objects in SquaredUp represent entities that familiar to you (for example, a server or a pipeline) and are used for the following purposes:
To filter your data on dashboard tiles. See Data Tiles.
To create scopes (a collection of objects) that can be re-used across multiple dashboard tile. See Scopes.
To drill down from various places across the product and explore more details about an object and its health:
Drilling down to an object from a tile on a dashboard.
Using the global search.
From the data source overview page which gives you a list of all objects and data streams for a data source. See Plugins and Data Sources.
To enable advanced features such as custom correlations, tags and custom types
Objects are first discovered and indexed in the graph as soon as you connect to a data source that supports object indexing. Data stream links, properties and relationships are created at this point, and subsequently refreshed at interval.
Objects and data streams often work together. A data source defines a list of object types to index, as well as a list of relevant data streams. (for example, a CPU for a server or a build duration for a pipeline). See Data Streams.