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New in Grafana 9: The Grafana Loki query builder makes writing LogQL queries easier

Grafana 9 launched at GrafanaCONline 2022 in June, and one of the biggest highlights was the introduction of the new Grafana Loki and Prometheus query builders. 🎉 We believe that both of them are going to be incredibly useful for our Prometheus and Grafana Loki users. In this blog post, we will focus on the Grafana Loki query builder and share its new features and improvements with you.

What is observability? Best practices, key metrics, methodologies, and more

Sometimes the simplest questions prompt the most spirited discussion. Questions like: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? What should we have for dinner tonight? Or, as we find out in this episode of “Grafana’s Big Tent" what even is observability?

Grafana reporting: How we improved the UX in Grafana

Behind every feature in Grafana, no matter how big or small, lies a lot of hard work, commitment, and attention to detail. At Grafana Labs, we use a cross-functional team approach to come up with ideas and solutions that ultimately make our products more usable, resilient, and adaptable to user needs. To achieve this, we work collaboratively across the UX, product, and engineering disciplines.

New in Grafana 9: Role-based access control (RBAC) is now GA

Role-based access control (RBAC), previously referred to as fine-grained access control (FGAC), is Grafana’s new authorization system. It was introduced as a beta feature in Grafana 8.0 release a year ago, and we’re now excited to promote it to general availability status. With the release of Grafana 9.0 during GrafanaCONline 2022, RBAC is enabled by default for all instances. (The easiest way to get started with Grafana 9? Sign up for a free Grafana Cloud account today.)

How to send logs to Grafana Loki with the OpenTelemetry Collector using Fluent Forward and Filelog receivers

In this guide, we’ll set up an OpenTelemetry Collector that collects logs and sends them to Grafana Loki running in Grafana Cloud. We will consider two examples for sending logs to Loki via OpenTelemetry Collector. The first one shows how to collect container logs with a Fluent Forward receiver. The second one shows how to collect system logs with a Filelog receiver.

New in Grafana 9: Introducing the command palette

Grafana is an open source tool for people with many different perspectives and various skill levels. Many initiatives to improve the Grafana user experience start by thinking about someone who’s just getting started on their observability journey. However, late last year, a Grafana Labs hackathon team looked to improve the user experience for our power users by introducing a command palette to Grafana.

Introducing the new and improved Grafana BigQuery plugin

We are happy to announce that an official Google BigQuery data source plugin for Grafana has arrived! Based on the popular DoiT International BigQuery DataSource community plugin, the new Grafana BigQuery plugin brings a new and improved query editor experience plus support for all BigQuery data types, Grafana Alerting, and query caching.

GrafanaCONline 2022 Day 4 recap: Grafana Labs technical docs, citizen science with Grafana Cloud, load testing with Grafana k6, and more

GrafanaCONline 2022 wrapped up on Friday, and the big finish featured sessions that covered important changes in Grafana Labs technical documentation, Grafana Cloud’s role in activist engineering projects, and the benefits of load testing with k6. There was also a great success story out of East Africa, where a major bank switched to a business monitoring system with Grafana and improved its customer satisfaction and revenue.

Inside Grafana Labs hackathons: how they work and what projects ended up on the product roadmap

Three times a year, Grafanistas around the world step away from their daily responsibilities for one week and put their creative energy into what has quickly become a cultural touchstone at Grafana Labs: Our company-wide hackathon.