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July 2022

How Grafana Mimir helped Pipedrive overcome Prometheus scalability limits

Karl-Martin Karlson has been working on Pipedrive’s observability team for more than four years, implementing and supporting several observability platforms such as Grafana, Prometheus, Graylog, and New Relic. In sales, as in life, you can’t control your results — but you can control your actions. With that in mind, a team of sales professionals set out in 2010 to build a customer relationship management (CRM) tool that helps users visualize their sales processes and get more done.

Introducing instant Kubernetes logging with Kubernetes Monitoring in Grafana Cloud

Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Grafana are a trio of technologies that have transformed cloud native development. However, despite how powerful these three technologies are, developers still face gaps in the process of implementing a mature Kubernetes environment.

New in Grafana Mimir: Ingest Graphite, Datadog, Influx, and Prometheus metrics into a single storage backend

In March 2022, Grafana Labs released Grafana Mimir, the most scalable, most performant open source time series database in the world. Mimir provides significant scale — 1 billion active series and beyond — with easy deployment, multi-tenancy, durable storage, high availability, and super fast query performance. From launch, Grafana Mimir could natively consume Prometheus metrics.

Grafana Labs founders on the future of observability and how to scale an open source company

“Overwhelming.” It was the only word Grafana Labs CEO and Co-founder Raj Dutt could use to describe how it felt to look out at the sea of more than 600 Grafanistas gathered together in Whistler, British Columbia, for the first company-wide employee event in two years.

Welcome to Grafanafest

Grafana Labs brought together more than 600 Grafanistas in Whistler, British Columbia for Grafanafest, our first-ever company-wide celebration of the people behind our products. As a remote-first company, we recognize the value of in-person connections and were thrilled to host Grafana Labs employees from more than 40 countries representing all departments within the organization in May 2022. We bonded, we skiied, we danced, and we wore a lot of Grafana swag.

How to improve uptime with real-time monitoring, Grafana dashboards, and Grafana Loki: Inside Dish Network's observability stack

Dish Network is on a mission to connect people and things by changing the way the world communicates. With products ranging from Dish and Sling TV to retail wireless services and 5G networks, monitoring their satellite communications equipment is mission critical to maintaining extreme uptime for Dish’s 20 million customers across the United States.

How we improved Grafana Mimir query performance by up to 10x

Earlier this year we introduced the world to Grafana Mimir, a highly scalable open source time series database for Prometheus. One of Mimir’s guarantees is 100% compatibility with PromQL, which it achieves by reusing the Prometheus PromQL engine. However, the execution of a query in the Prometheus PromQL engine is only performed in a single thread, so no matter how many CPU cores you throw at it, it will only ever use one core to run a single query.

New in Grafana 9: The Prometheus query builder makes writing PromQL queries easier

When Grafana started in 2014, its main goal was to be a great dashboarding solution for Graphite. Around the same time, the Prometheus project started to gain steam, but it wasn’t clear whether it should be added to Grafana. After all, Grafana was a Graphite frontend, it was uncertain at the time if Prometheus would take off in popularity, and it would take resources away from the core purpose of why Grafana was created.

How real-time Grafana dashboards and alerts combat climate change: Inside Apeel Sciences observability stack

Meet the newest changemakers making an impact in the current climate crisis: Apeel Sciences. The ag-tech company is on a mission to eliminate the 8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions caused by global food waste with their edible, plant-derived food coating, which keeps fruits and vegetables fresh for up to twice as long.

Introducing Kubernetes Monitoring in Grafana Cloud

Kubernetes has quickly become the standard container orchestration technology for developers and companies who want to deploy at scale, iterate quickly, and manage a large number of applications and services. At Grafana Labs, we recognized the need for something more powerful for our users to be able to successfully keep an eye on everything happening inside their clusters.

Kubernetes Monitoring in Grafana Cloud: Getting started

Reduce deployment, setup, and troubleshooting time with Kubernetes Monitoring in Grafana Cloud. Learn how to set up the new Kubernetes Monitoring solution in minutes so you can drill down through your infrastructure with the cluster navigation view to identify and resolve issues and much more.

How to access and query REST APIs with the Sqlyze plugin in Grafana

A few months ago, I wrote about using the Sqlyze data source plugin in Grafana to query COVID-19 wastewater surveillance data on Databricks. Did you know that with the Sqlyze Enterprise plugin, you can also access REST APIs (web services), treat them as database tables, and query them using SQL? You can use any ODBC driver you like, and it’s not limited to relational databases, either. You can query NoSQL and document databases, too.

New in Grafana 9: Search Grafana panel titles, preview dashboards, better navigation, and more!

The entire team at Grafana Labs is thrilled to bring the community our latest and greatest release, Grafana 9, which we introduced at GrafanaCONline this year. In addition to introducing the Grafana Loki query builder, a new command palette, and making role-based access control GA, we also rolled out major updates to the navigation and search functionality in Grafana with the aim of continuing to support the community and users throughout their observability journey.

How continuous profiling can help track resource usage, reduce latencies, and more

In 2019, Polar Signals Founder and CEO Frederic Branczyk predicted that continuous profiling would be the future of observability. Today, he’s making that future a reality with his open source continuous profiling tool, Parca. In this episode of “Grafana’s Big Tent” podcast, our hosts Matt Toback and Tom Wilkie chatted with Frederic about how he got his start in the continuous profiling world and how he’s built an active open source community around Parca.

How to configure Grafana Loki with a Node.js e-commerce app

I recently changed teams within Grafana and now I get the chance to work with Grafana Loki, our highly effective open source log aggregation system that stores and queries logs from your infrastructure or applications. At Grafana, we always dogfood our products so what better way to learn more about Loki than trying out a simple use case that I can actually benefit from.

Monitoring robots in real time with Grafana and other cloud native solutions

Edgardo Peregrino is a freelance software developer, writer, maker and IT technician. For six years now, I’ve been a passionate maker with a focus on robotics. Recently, I entered the world of cloud native computing, which has allowed me to integrate maker projects with open source tools such as Grafana, Prometheus, and Jaeger.

New in Grafana 9: The Grafana Loki query builder makes writing LogQL queries easier

Grafana 9 launched at GrafanaCONline 2022 in June, and one of the biggest highlights was the introduction of the new Grafana Loki and Prometheus query builders. 🎉 We believe that both of them are going to be incredibly useful for our Prometheus and Grafana Loki users. In this blog post, we will focus on the Grafana Loki query builder and share its new features and improvements with you.

What is observability? Best practices, key metrics, methodologies, and more

Sometimes the simplest questions prompt the most spirited discussion. Questions like: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? What should we have for dinner tonight? Or, as we find out in this episode of “Grafana’s Big Tent" what even is observability?