Loki's Path to GA: Loki-Canary Early Detection for Missing Logs

Launched at KubeCon North America last December, Loki is a Prometheus-inspired service that optimizes storage, search, and aggregation while making logs easy to explore natively in Grafana. Loki is designed to work easily both as microservices and as monoliths, and correlates logs and metrics to save users money. Less than a year later, Loki has almost 6,500 stars on GitHub and is now quickly approaching GA.


Ask Us Anything: How to Alias Dashboard Variables in Grafana in SQL

Recently a question came up from a customer, and I was surprised we didn’t have an easy answer for it: How can you translate some esoteric ID or serial number, such as fe03-s3-x883, into a user-friendly name such as “harry” or “alice”? In a regular templating language, it would be easy to do via a map file or similar, but to do this with Grafana is a little more complicated.


Coming Soon: Seamless and Cost-Effective Meta Tags for Metrictank

One of the major projects we’re working on for Metrictank – our large scale Graphite solution – is the meta tags feature, which we started last year and are targeting to release in a few months. A lot of people don’t realize this, but Graphite has had tag support for more than a year. Our mission with Metrictank is to provide a more scalable version of Graphite, so introducing meta tags was a logical next step.


Prometheus v2.11 Released

Since graduating within CNCF last August, Prometheus has adopted a new schedule for releases every six weeks. The latest release, v2.11, arrived on July 9. Prometheus 2.11 includes a new option to compress WAL records using Snappy, query performance improvements, the option to use Alertmanager API v2, and more. You can download the latest version here. prometheus_tsdb_wal_reader_corruption_errors is now renamed to prometheus_tsdb_wal_reader_corruption_errors_total.

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Creating an Application Health Dashboard

As data and Information systems continue to grow as an essential asset in nearly every facet of business, the need for dashboards to provide visibility and insight into the performance of your systems is greater than ever. Dashboards are an invaluable tool when it comes to ensuring the health and performance of your information systems and data, and in most situations, an Application Health Dashboard will help you achieve your goal of maintaining a healthy IT environment.