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Apr 8, 2021   |  By Jeroen Op 't Eynde
One of the big questions in monitoring can be summed up as: Who watches the watchers? If you rely on Prometheus for your monitoring, and your monitoring fails, how will you know? The answer is a concept known as metamonitoring. At Grafana Labs, a handful of geographically distributed metamonitoring Prometheus servers monitor all other Prometheus servers and each other cross-cluster, while their alerting chain is secured by a dead-man’s-switch-like mechanism.
Apr 5, 2021   |  By Atif Ali
One of the biggest challenges with data visualization for complicated software systems is getting quick access to the underlying data and connecting it to some form of cloud-hosted solution. Traditionally it has required quite a bit of middleware and upfront setup with additional tooling.
Apr 1, 2021   |  By Eldin Nikocevic
Setting up Prometheus to scrape your targets for metrics is usually just one part of your larger observability strategy. The other piece in the equation is figuring out what you want your metrics to tell you and when and how often you should know about it. Thankfully, Prometheus makes it really easy for you to define alerting rules using PromQL, so you know when things are going north, south, or in no direction at all.
Mar 31, 2021   |  By Richard "RichiH" Hartmann
Exemplars are a hot topic in observability recently, and for good reason. Similarly to how Prometheus disrupted the cost structure of storing metrics at scale beginning in 2012 and for real in 2015, and how Grafana Loki disrupted the cost structure of storing logs at scale in 2018, exemplars are doing the same to traces. To understand why, let’s look at both the history of observability in the cloud native ecosystem, and what optimizations exemplars enable.
Mar 30, 2021   |  By Christine Wang
A very fun part of my job as a Solutions Engineer at Grafana Labs is getting to learn the ins and outs of a new feature or play with a plugin while it is still in development. So, when I heard murmurs that our latest Enterprise plugin would be an integration with Jira, I felt the forsaken call of the agile sirens luring me back to my days when I worked as a technical writer on a product team.
Mar 29, 2021   |  By Robert Fratto
We’ve been experimenting with new ways to use and operate Prometheus over the past year. Every successful Grafana Agent experiment turns into an upstream contribution for the whole Prometheus community to benefit from. In this blog post, I go over the history of the Agent’s successful — and not so successful — experiments.
Mar 25, 2021   |  By Daniel Lee
Grafana v7.5 has been released! This is the last stable release before we launch Grafana 8.0 at GrafanaCONline in June. Register for free now, so you won’t miss the great sessions we’re planning around all things Grafana. And if you’re doing something special with Grafana that you’d like to share with the community, the CFP for GrafanaCONline is open until 06:59 UTC on April 10! Now, back to 7.5.
Mar 24, 2021   |  By Goutham Veeramachaneni
My Grafana Labs colleague RichiH recently talked about why IoT and time series databases work so well together. It just so happens that we have a highly scalable time series database on hand. Let’s talk about that. My name is Goutham, and I am a maintainer for Cortex. I have been working on it for nearly three years out of the four-and-a-half years the project has existed. Cortex is built to serve as a scalable, long-term store for Prometheus.
Mar 23, 2021   |  By Dave Schmid
As part of my job as a Senior Solutions Engineer here at Grafana Labs, I tend to pretty easily find ways out of technical troubles. However, I was recently having some Wi-Fi issues at home and needed to do some troubleshooting. My experience changed my whole opinion on logs, and I wanted to share my story in hopes that I could open up some other people’s eyes as well. (I originally posted a version of this story on my personal blog in January.) First, some background info.
Mar 22, 2021   |  By Richard Lam
As the product manager for Grafana Cloud, I am constantly following the progress of all the new features that our engineering teams are working on, from early ideation to release. We’re always excited to share updates with the community, so you can all try them out and let us know what you think. So each month, I’ll be rounding up the latest Grafana Cloud features and improvements on the blog.
Mar 2, 2021   |  By Grafana
Correlation between metrics, logs, and traces should be as effortless as possible. This helps you make better decisions and actions. The Grafana Labs open-source observability stack enables powerful correlations between your metrics, log, and traces. The key here is to have consistent metadata across the three pillars of observability. Let me demo you how this works in this video.
Feb 19, 2021   |  By Grafana
Grafana Labs just announced Grafana Enterprise Logs or GEL as part of the new Grafana Enterprise Stack. GEL is built on top of Grafana Loki and comes out of the box with enterprise-grade security, administration, and collaborative features. GEL Enables you to offer Loki-as-a-Service for your organization - on a huge scale.
Jan 25, 2021   |  By Grafana
At Grafana Labs, we believe you should unify your data, not your database. We want to help you with your observability, not own it But what if you have multiple teams using multiple open source and commercial solutions? Not a problem. To give an example, here is a quick demo of Splunk, Elastic, and Loki logs combined into one UI in #Grafana This is more than a dashboard; it's a composite panel with transformations of all three sources Your teams should be able to use best-of-breed technologies rather than being locked into one
Dec 14, 2020   |  By Grafana
Loki doesn't index your logs, and that is a very different approach than popular full-text search engines like Elasticsearch or Solr That sounds like a huge constraint. How can you do powerful searches if you don't index the log lines? After this video, you now know how to use Loki's "filter" capability for forensic troubleshooting. Happy searching!
Oct 28, 2020   |  By Grafana
Grafana Loki v2.0 is here. It's an exciting feature-packed release. Loki's slogan - Prometheus, but for logs - is more true than ever before. In today's video, we'll take a quick look at my favorite top 3 features. Loki dashboard animation created by Dave Schmid
Jul 8, 2020   |  By Grafana
Get a sneak preview of a future version of Grafana Loki that enables you to generate ad-hoc metrics from your log data. This video features a Loki-based web analytics dashboard, which uses the access logs of the popular open-source web server NGINX. Every panel on this dashboard uses ad-hoc metrics created with Loki, well, besides the Log panel obviously. Would this be useful for your use-case? Let us know in the comments.
Jun 30, 2020   |  By Grafana
In this webinar, Marcus will show you how to get started using Grafana. He’ll walk you through the Grafana user interface while showing how to set up monitoring for a web service that uses Prometheus and Loki to store metrics and logs. You’ll learn how to connect, explore, and correlate data in Grafana to gain valuable insights into your application. This webinar requires no previous experience with Grafana.
May 29, 2020   |  By Grafana

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May 28, 2020   |  By Grafana
We went over major new features on Grafana Cloud Graphite (and Metrictank).
May 28, 2020   |  By Grafana
Did you know that Grafana pairs well with a fine wine? That’s what machine learning company ML6 discovered when they worked with their client Accolade Wines, an award-winning Australian vintner whose goal was to decrease the waste produced in its global operations. ML6 used Grafana and machine learning to reduce wine waste and deliver a 200% ROI for Accolade Wines in the first six months, reducing the company’s financial loss by an estimated £75,000.

Grafana provides a powerful and elegant way to create, explore, and share dashboards and data with your team and the world. Grafana is most commonly used for visualizing time series data for Internet infrastructure and application analytics but many use it in other domains including industrial sensors, home automation, weather, and process control.

Grafana has a robust plugin architecture built for extensibility. Visualize data from more than 40 data sources, including commercial databases and web vendors, and add new graph panels with rich data visualization options. There is built in support for many of the most popular time series data sources. It works with Graphite, Elasticsearch, Cloudwatch, Prometheus, InfluxDB and more.

Grafana Labs is the company behind Grafana, the leading open source software for visualizing time series data. Grafana Labs helps users get the most out of Grafana, enabling them to take control of their unified monitoring and avoid vendor lock in and the spiraling costs of closed solutions.