Grafana Labs Debuts Grafana 8.0, Tempo 1.0 at GrafanaCONline

Published: 8 Jun 2021

New Unified Alerting, Streaming & Tracing Enhance Breadth, Scalability, Usability Features Now Available 

NEW YORK, June 8, 2021 - Grafana Labs, the company behind the world’s most popular open and composable operational dashboards, today announced a series of significant new product updates at the GrafanaCONline community conference, including the highly anticipated general availability of Grafana 8.0 and Grafana Tempo 1.0. 

The latest product updates include enhanced visualizations, such as streaming panels, a brand new unified alerting system, the addition of Grafana Tempo distributed tracing to Grafana Cloud, and much more. For additional information on the latest features, read the documentation, and to upgrade to Grafana 8.0 today, visit https://grafana.com/grafana/download

“More than three-quarters of a million organizations are actively using the Grafana platform to monitor and visualize everything from their personal smart home devices to crucial business application data. The project maintainers have been hard at work over the past year to develop new features that make the platform more scalable and easier to use for everyone,” said Torkel Ödegaard, creator of the Grafana project and Co-founder and CGO at Grafana Labs. “Grafana 8.0 focuses on new ways for users to build powerful visualizations, easily monitor and alert on their systems to rapidly respond to changes, and reduce the infrastructure necessary to run their Grafana deployments.”

Maximum Traces, Minimal Overhead

Many organizations have struggled with implementing distributed tracing and correlating it with the other pillars of observability, metrics and logs. The introduction of Grafana Tempo 1.0 aims to simplify this process without the need for third-party tools and infrastructure. First announced in October 2020 at ObservabilityCON, Grafana Tempo is an easy-to-operate, high-scale, and cost-effective distributed tracing backend built to help users manage their traces with minimal infrastructure investment, only requiring object storage to operate. Unlike existing tracing backends, Grafana Tempo is able to rapidly scale and reduces the need to sample traces, allowing you to guarantee every request is backed by a trace. Grafana Tempo can be used with any open source tracing protocol such as Jaeger, Zipkin, and OpenTelemetry. In addition to Tempo 1.0, Grafana Labs also announced the general availability of Grafana Cloud Traces, which integrates traces with metrics, logs, and dashboards in the company’s fully managed Grafana Cloud observability stack. Users can analyze up to 50GB of traces at no cost in the free tier of Grafana Cloud.

With Grafana Tempo, users are able to dive deeper into their observability data and pinpoint specific traces in order to answer questions like: “Why was this customer’s query slow?” “An intermittent bug showed up again. Can I see the exact trace?” By discovering traces through logs and exemplars, and storing the traces by ID in Tempo, organizations gain more visibility into their applications while simultaneously reducing their infrastructure spend.

New Unified Alerting

Leading the list of features introduced in Grafana 8.0 is the brand new unified alerting system, which unifies Prometheus alerting and Grafana alerting, allowing you to view and edit Grafana alerts and view Prometheus alerts in the same user interface. This provides a common experience around alerting for all Grafana users and data sources — whether you’re using the open source version or the Enterprise and Cloud stacks from Grafana Labs. The new notification system, which is built on Prometheus Alertmanager, brings grouping, deduping and silencing of notifications and more advanced message templates. 

New and Improved visualizations

Grafana 8.0 features many new visualizations, including state timeline, status history, bar chart, and histograms. The new Library panels feature allow you to save and reuse panels across many dashboards. On top of this, 8.0 boasts improved startup and graph rendering performance thanks to a massive reduction in initial download size and graph rendering time. The performance improvements are key for the new built-in low latency and high frequency streaming capabilities.

Enterprise-ready Security & Scalability

Grafana Labs also introduced highly requested features in Grafana Enterprise, which is tailored for large organizations operating at high scale. The new fine-grained access control allows users to add or remove detailed permissions from Viewer, Editor, and Admin roles to make sure everyone in the organization has the appropriate level of access. Additionally, Grafana Enterprise will now cache the results of backend data source queries, eliminating unnecessary duplicate queries and reducing dashboard load times — as well as costs. Finally, Grafana Enterprise users now have improved reporting capabilities, such as exporting Table Panels as .csv files as well as including live dashboard links in reporting emails to showcase your data live in Grafana.

To learn more about today’s releases or to start a free trial, visit: https://grafana.com/get/.

About Grafana Labs

Grafana Labs provides an open and composable monitoring and observability platform built around Grafana, the leading open source technology for dashboards and visualization. There are over 1,000 Grafana Labs customers including Bloomberg, JP Morgan Chase, eBay, PayPal, and Sony, and more than 750,000 active installations of Grafana around the globe. Grafana Labs helps companies manage their observability strategies with full-stack offerings that can be run fully managed with Grafana Cloud, or self-managed with Grafana Enterprise Stack, both featuring extensive enterprise data source plugins, dashboard management, alerting, reporting and security, scalable metrics (Prometheus & Graphite), logs (Grafana Loki) and tracing (Grafana Tempo). Grafana Labs is backed by leading investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Lead Edge Capital. Follow Grafana on Twitter at @grafana or visit www.grafana.com.

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