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Sep 17, 2020   |  By Matt Mendick
Today, we announced the launch of a new Grafana Labs product: Grafana Metrics Enterprise, a scalable Prometheus-compatible service designed for large organizations that is seamless to use and simple to maintain. Over the past few years, Prometheus has risen in popularity to become the de facto monitoring system for the cloud native ecosystem around Kubernetes — and for good reason.
Sep 16, 2020   |  By Owen Diehl
There are so many great things that can be said about Loki – I recently wrote about them here. But today, I want to talk about something technical that has been difficult for Loki users, and how we might make it easier: using Loki for short-lived services. Historically, one of Loki’s blind spots is ingesting logs from infrastructure you don’t control, because you can’t co-locate a forwarding agent like promtail with your application logs.
Sep 15, 2020   |  By Richard Lam
Hi! My name’s Richard Lam, and I’m the new product manager for Grafana Cloud. I’m really excited for my first contribution to this community, both so I can introduce myself to you all, and so I can highlight an awesome new Grafana Cloud feature that’s coming your way! Happy reading, and hopefully this is just the start of many more communications from me.
Sep 10, 2020   |  By Richard "RichiH" Hartmann
As you most likely know, Grafana Labs is growing. Growing like crazy! As Goutham Veeramachaneni noted in his blog post, “~30 people in March 2018 and now, in August 2020 we’re 180+ people. That is 6x growth in 2.5 years.” And we have no intention of slowing that growth. Matter of fact, we’re hiring as quickly as we can — and on top of that keep hiring specialists just to scale out hiring even more.
Sep 9, 2020   |  By Owen Diehl
Hi, I’m Owen, one of the Loki maintainers, and I’m putting proverbial pen to paper to convince you why Loki is important. And this isn’t because it scales (it does) or because I work at Grafana Labs (I do). It’s because of the oft-overlooked and underrepresented organizational benefits. Organizational benefits?! What is this, some sort of cult? Why are you avoiding the technicals? Whoa, whoa, whoa. Now, hold on. The technicals are still valid.
Sep 3, 2020   |  By Eldin Nikocevic
Hi, everyone! In honor of bingeing every season of Community over the last few weeks, Eldin and Christine have been inspired to rebrand ourselves as none other than our other favorite dynamic duo, Troy and Abed! Yet, instead of singing “Troy and Abed in the morning,” we are back to write about some useful improvements we’ve made to our Enterprise Dynatrace plugin.
Sep 2, 2020   |  By Goutham Veeramachaneni
A few weeks ago, I teamed up with Bartek Plotka, a principal software engineer at Red Hat, for a deep-dive session on Prometheus at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU. We covered a lot of topics, with highlights that included scaling Prometheus, remote-write and metadata. We ended the talk with a quick demo on how to import data from CSV files into Prometheus. I want to use this blog post to provide more insight into the state of backfill in Prometheus.
Sep 1, 2020   |  By Michelle Tan
Before Prometheus, the closest thing to a common standard for metrics was Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), the internet standard protocol for collecting and organizing information and monitoring networks. Front and center in SNMP is ASN1, which lacks modern design and comes with trade-offs that made sense in the past but not so much today. Aside from that, many of the existing protocols were chatty and slow as well as proprietary, very hard to implement, or both.
Aug 27, 2020   |  By Ed Welch
A few months ago, I wrote an in-depth article describing how labels work in Loki. Here, I’m consolidating that information into a more digestible “cheat sheet.” There are some big differences in how Loki works compared to other logging systems which require a different way of thinking. This is my attempt to convey those differences as well as map out our thought process behind them. As a Loki user or operator, your goal should be to use the fewest labels possible to store your logs.
Aug 26, 2020   |  By Marcus Olsson
One thing we believe at Grafana Labs is that your data should be presented in a way that makes sense to you. Since the release of Grafana v7.0, we’ve seen a lot more developers taking advantage of the new plugins platform, which helps them build high-quality custom plugins faster than ever.
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

The GrafanaCONline schedule is here:
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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.
May 28, 2020   |  By Grafana
We went over major new features on Grafana Cloud Graphite (and Metrictank).
May 27, 2020   |  By Grafana
Which range to use in a Prometheus rate query is already a bit of rocket science. When Grafana enters the game to visualize the result of such a query, things get even more interesting. In most cases, you’ll end up with a dynamic range, but navigating the many available settings for it is sometimes a bit daunting. But do not despair, this talk will teach you all you have to know, even in case when you add to the mix recording rules, which are blissfully ignorant of any dynamic range requested by Grafana.
May 27, 2020   |  By Grafana
One of the main objections to adopting a centralized telemetry offering that we hear is that “I need this obscure feature from insert your favorite vendor.” So, how did we drive broad adoption of a centralized telemetry solution built in-house using open source software? For a large organization, it’s not just a technical challenge, but also an organizational one. In this talk, I will present the approach we took to convince the 6,000+ engineers at Bloomberg to adopt a new and growing platform. I will discuss some of our key decisions and trade-offs, as well as share the lessons we learned during our four-year journey.
May 26, 2020   |  By Grafana
With Grafana 7.0 we are graduating our packages for Plugin Developers to a beta stage. These packages (@grafana/ui, @grafana/data, @grafana/runtime and last but not least @grafana/toolkit) are aimed to simplify the developer experience for those who wish to extend the Grafana platform. In this webinar I’ll present key ideas behind these packages and the way how you can use them to build for the Grafana Platform and create consistent experiences for the audience of your plugins.
May 26, 2020   |  By Grafana
Chrome Devtools is used by all web developers to debug and inspect network traffic. Sometimes the page loads sluggishly, and then you open Devtools and reload the page, and the problem is gone. What if you wanted to know how well the site performs, for example, when you click six pages? While it is possible to keep the tab open at all times, it is hard to see the big picture from the data in the network tab. This is a wonderful use case for time series and Grafana! In this presentation I will show how to get the same data visualized in Grafana in near real time (1s delay) without opening the Devtools at all.
May 21, 2020   |  By Grafana
This session covers using variables to combine weather records and forecasts to measure a beehive – and how this can help beekeepers. We’ll also show how to compare particulate-matter (PM) measurements of nearby stations from different networks and develop a humidity-correction for low-cost PM sensors within a Grafana dashboard.

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.