Grafana crosses 1 million mark for active instances

It’s hard to think of a use case that Grafana hasn’t been used for. When Torkel Ödegaard launched the Grafana open source project with his first commit in December 2013, “my goal was to make time series data accessible for a wider audience, to make it easier to build dashboards, and to make graphs and dashboards more interactive,” he said.


Grafana Worldmap Panel

Grafana Worldmap is a free-of-cost panel used to display time-series metrics over a world map. Users can choose to visualize their data based on cities, states, countries, or any other segregation they like as long as they have a coordinate for each data point. Each data point comes in the form of circles that vary in size depending on the value of data and can get color-coded as per thresholds.


Grafana Cloud Access Policies: Say hi to the new Cloud API keys

Until recently, Grafana Cloud users had to rely on API keys to read and write data to and from the composable observability platform. These API keys had minimal features, which limited administrators’ ability to manage account access on a granular level. We’re keenly aware of these shortcomings, and we’ve been working to overhaul and replace these API keys with something more flexible, more reliable, and more secure.


How Grafana unites Medallia's observability stack for faster, better insights

California-based Medallia captures feedback signals — in-person interactions, customer surveys, call centers, social media, etc. — to help businesses improve their customer experience. In much the same way, the company’s Performance and Observability Engineering team captures observability signals to optimize the experience for internal users.


How to centralize thousands of data sources with Grafana: Inside Adform's observability system

Over the course of two decades, Adform grew from a dream between friends huddled in a basement to a leading advertising tech platform powering more than 25,000 clients worldwide. Success brought external accolades, but it also created the need for internal innovation to support the company’s continued growth. In 2018, Adform was still operating in startup mode, which meant developers and teams cherry-picked the tools that worked best for them.


Dashboard Design: Visualization Choices and Configurations

There are many visualization types and configurations available to choose from. In general, keep your visualizations as simple and straightforward as possible to avoid distraction and highlight only the most important information. If there is too much unnecessary information on the page it can be overwhelming and focus can be misdirected to unimportant details.


Grafana 9.2: Create, edit queries easier with the new Grafana Loki query variable editor

As part of the Grafana 9.2 release, we’re making it easier to create dynamic and interactive dashboards with a new and improved Grafana Loki query variable editor. Templating is a great option if you don’t want to deal with hard-coding certain elements in your queries, like the names of specific servers or applications. Previously, you had to remember and enter specific syntax in order to run queries on label names or values.


Grafana vs. Tableau

When it comes to visualization tools, there are various options, all designed for different kinds of data. Some of the most recognized among them include Grafana and Tableau. If you’re not sure which one to use, this article should give you a better idea of what kind of purpose each one has and which one will suit your needs best. One great way to find out what tool works best for you is to try it out! Try out Grafana in seconds on MetricFire's Hosted Grafana free trial.


How many data sources do you monitor? Find out how you measure up in our Observability Survey

Here at Grafana Labs, we’re deeply committed to our “big tent” philosophy — the idea that disparate data sources, from different software providers, in different industries, built for completely different use cases, can come together in one composable observability platform. As part of that commitment, we’ve set out to hear from our community about their observability practice and what they hope to see in this space in the future.