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Oct 26, 2021   |  By Ali Gerrard
Here at Grafana Labs, we’re constantly shipping new features to help our users get the most out of Grafana Cloud. To help our new and existing customers learn about the latest and greatest, here’s a roundup of all the new features and improvements you should know about to make the most of Grafana Cloud.
Oct 21, 2021   |  By Richard "RichiH" Hartmann
Prometheus is the industry standard in cloud native metric monitoring with hundreds of thousands of installations, millions of users, and billions in market value. Speaking as a member of the Prometheus team, we have seen the project become a victim of its own success. While most people may be using Prometheus, not everybody is following the same operating standards.
Oct 20, 2021   |  By Jacob Plicque III
Here at Grafana Labs, when we’re building integrations for Grafana Cloud, we’re often thinking about how to help users get started on their observability journeys. We like to focus some of our attention on the different technologies you might come across along the way. That way, we can share our tips on the best ways to interact with them while you’re using Grafana products.
Oct 18, 2021   |  By Florien Drees
On Oct. 5, we hosted the first Grafana Virtual Meetup for an EMEA-based audience. Each Grafana meetup features “bite-sized” presentations from our user community and members of the Grafana Labs team. We want to provide opportunities (even virtually!) for members of our community to connect with one another and share what they’re working on or have learned.
Oct 13, 2021   |  By Grafana Labs Team
At GrafanaCONline in June, we talked about the future of machine learning at Grafana Labs. Four months later, we are excited to introduce Grafana Machine Learning for Grafana Cloud, with our metrics forecasting capability. It’s available now to all customers on Pro or Advanced plans. If you’re not already using Grafana Cloud, you can sign up for a free 14-day trial of Grafana Cloud Pro here.
Oct 13, 2021   |  By Milan Plžík
Production readiness review (PRR) is a process that originated at Google, described as the first step of site reliability engineering engagement in the company’s famous SRE book. The idea of thoroughly reviewing a product before handing over the pager is a really good one, but except for Google-scale companies, there aren’t that many organizations that can afford dedicated SRE teams.
Oct 12, 2021   |  By George Robinson
Grafana 8.2 was released last week, and we’re excited to announce one of its new features: contact point testing. Now users of Grafana 8 alerting can test their contact points right from the contact points page. This feature makes it easier to configure Grafana 8 alerting and gives you the confidence in knowing that your contact points are working as expected before they fire. Here are the basics.
Oct 7, 2021   |  By Petros Kolyvas
Grafana 8.2 is here! This release marks the start of our work focused on measurable improvements to Grafana’s accessibility — part of our continuing mission to democratize metrics for everyone. The initial changes to Grafana in 8.2 are focused on navigation, with more to come. We’ll be sharing more about our accessibility roadmap in an upcoming blog post.
Sep 30, 2021   |  By Joey Bartolomeo
When top companies have needed platforms for their demanding, globally distributed, cloud native application environments and streaming data pipelines, they’ve turned to Akka, the most popular implementation of the Actor Model for cloud native applications running on Kubernetes. The company behind Akka is Lightbend, a leader in the world of cloud native applications and architectures.
Sep 29, 2021   |  By Grafana Labs Team
Not so long ago, development teams working for the U.S. Department of Defense could take anywhere from three to ten years to deliver software. “It was mostly teams using waterfall, no minimum viable product, no incremental delivery, and no feedback loop from end users,” Nicolas M. Chaillan, Chief Software Officer of the U.S. Air Force, said in a CNCF case study. “Particularly when it comes to AI, machine learning, and cybersecurity, everyone realized we have to move faster.”
Oct 8, 2021   |  By Grafana
We learned from a visually impaired astronomer that it was possible to use sonification to understand astronomical spectra. So during a hackathon at Grafana Labs we decided to turn time series into audio, and add sound to our alerting systems too. Kostas Pelelis is a Software Engineer at Grafana Labs living in Greece.
Oct 8, 2021   |  By Grafana
An introduction to Observability and how to setup a highly available monitoring platform, across multiple data centers. During this talk we investigate how to config a monitoring setup across 2 DCs using Prometheus, Loki, Tempo, Alertmanager and Grafana. Bram Vogelaar spent the first part of his career as a Molecular Biologist, he then moved on to supporting his peers by building tools and platforms for them with a lot of Open Source technologies. He now works as a DevOps Cloud Engineer at The Factory.
Oct 8, 2021   |  By Grafana
k6 is one of the newest additions to the Grafana Labs family, but what exactly is it, and what does it have to do with Grafana? In this session, Nicole van der Hoeven will demonstrate how to use k6, how to integrate it with Grafana, and why k6 and Grafana are better together. Nicole van der Hoeven is a Developer Advocate at k6, living in the Netherlands.
Oct 8, 2021   |  By Grafana
We want to make Grafana accessible to everyone! In this talk, Alexa will share how Grafana recently introduced Pa11y CI into the Grafana Continuous Integration pipeline. The library supports our developers and contributors to highlight a11y issues. And more importantly, it acts as a gatekeeper, stopping new A11y issues from making it into the project. You will additionally hear about the alternatives that were considered and their challenges. This talk will have everything!
Oct 8, 2021   |  By Grafana
When using Thanos on top of Prometheus we can leverage this for a unified way in a single data source to query all our data across multiple clusters, servers and Prometheis. Wiard van Rij is an Engineer at Fullstaq helping people, teams, and organizations with various cloud-native challenges with a strong focus on Kubernetes and Observability. Wiard is a Thanos team member, open source enthusiast and has extra fun with security and hacking.
Aug 30, 2021   |  By Grafana
Loki 2.3 introduces the pattern parser. Patterns are way simpler to write than Regex. As an added bonus, it's an order of magnitudes faster than the Loki regex parser. This means that you can now query way more semi-structured logs (nginx/envoy/syslog and more) in less time than before.
Aug 12, 2021   |  By Grafana
The wide time series format was introduced in Grafana 7.5, and has been the standard for time series data since. This new format does not work well with older panels though. WTF? Learn how to spot time series format issues, and solve them. Presented by Stephanie Closson, Software Engineer at Grafana Labs at Grafana East Coast Virtual Meetup - August 2021
Aug 12, 2021   |  By Grafana
Identifying the right the right Service-Level Indicators is mission-critical for any SRE team responsible for meeting Service-Level Objectives and reporting on them. Find out how to sift through mountains of metrics and fill gaps in your data in order to visualize SLIs that actually matter for effective error budget tracking and actionable alerts in Grafana. Presented by: Jacob Plicque III, Senior Engineer at Grafana Labs at Grafana East Coast Virtual Meetup - August 2021
Jul 20, 2021   |  By Grafana
Learn how to install Grafana panel plugins and data sources in your hosted Grafana instance on Grafana Cloud.
Jul 20, 2021   |  By Grafana
Learn how to quickly monitor a PostgreSQL database using the Grafana Cloud.

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.