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Jan 14, 2021   |  By Sam Boyer
Three years ago, Tom Wilkie and Frederic Branczyk sketched out the idea for Prometheus monitoring mixins. This is a jsonnet-based package format for grouping and distributing logically related Grafana dashboards with Prometheus alerts and rules. The premise was that the observability world needed a way for system authors to not only emit metrics, but also provide guidance on how to use those metrics to monitor their systems properly.
Jan 13, 2021   |  By Matthew Helmke
Grafana Cloud is the easiest way to get started observing metrics, logs, traces, and dashboards. When we say “easiest,” we mean it: Grafana Cloud is designed so that even novice observability users can use it. As a new user, you are not required to dive into the complexity of setting up Prometheus and figuring out how to create Grafana dashboards from scratch. Integrations are the reason why.
Jan 12, 2021   |  By Richard Lam
Oftentimes users of open source are told to go download it and figure it out… or pay for a managed solution in the cloud. So the typical choice is free and do-it-yourself or expensive and easy. With our new changes to Grafana Cloud, we are making it both free and easy to have a real, composable observability solution.
Jan 11, 2021   |  By Cyril Tovena
In my ongoing Loki how-to series, I have already shared all the best tips for creating fast filter queries that can filter terabytes of data in seconds and how to escape special characters. In this blog post, we’ll cover how to use metric queries in Loki to aggregate log data over time.
Jan 8, 2021   |  By Ivana Huckova
You’ve probably heard about Prometheus, the leading open source project focused on metrics and alerting, and how it has changed the way the world does monitoring and observability. But if you’re brand-new to the technology, how can you dip your toes in and get started? I was in this position not long ago myself. I am a very hands-on type of learner, and usually when I want to explore new technologies, I start with “hello world” apps and small toy projects.
Jan 6, 2021   |  By Joey Bartolomeo
Smart State Technology (SST) is a company based in the Netherlands that develops advanced technological and future-proof solutions for smart grids. Their mission is to reinforce critical energy infrastructures by providing innovative energy solutions that connect industry and research, while ensuring society can fully benefit a sustainable energy future.
Jan 5, 2021   |  By Cyril Tovena
In my ongoing Loki how-to series, I have already shared all the best tips for creating fast filter queries that can filter terabytes of data in seconds. In this installment, I’ll reveal how to correctly escape special characters within a string in Loki’s LogQL. When writing LogQL queries, you may have realized that in multiple places you have to write strings delimited by double quotes.
Jan 4, 2021   |  By Stefano Della Chiesa
In 2014, the Mazia (Matsch) research site in the Italian Alps was officially accepted as a Long Term Socio Ecological Research LT(S)ER site. The monitoring infrastructure is operated by Eurac Research and the University of Bolzano and consists of 24 automatic microclimatic stations in a mountain ecosystem across an elevation gradient ranging from 1,000 m to 2,700 m, logging several meteorological and biophysical variables every 15 minutes.
Dec 24, 2020   |  By Ed Welch
What a year 2020 has been for Grafana Loki! Just a little more than a year ago, we announced Loki’s 1.0.0 GA release. We’re excited to report that 2020 brought a big uptick in its adoption (users have quickly realized the advantages of a small index—plus, Loki has non-technical advantages, too); significant performance enhancements; and the recent release of Loki 2.0.
Dec 23, 2020   |  By Marco Pracucci
2020 is coming to an end, and we can definitely say it was an amazing year for Cortex. Dare I say, it has been the best year so far! It was a year filled with huge milestones for the project. We released the first major version 1.0.0 back in April, along with introducing some versioning rules to avoid breaking changes to our users.
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

The GrafanaCONline schedule is here:
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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.
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.

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.