Grafana Labs Offers a Full Solution for Kubernetes Monitoring in the Cloud

Published: 25 Oct 2022

Grafana Mimir extends metric interoperability with new ingestion and storage for InfluxDB, Datadog, Graphite, and OpenTelemetry metrics.

DETROIT, October 25, 2022– Grafana Labs, the company behind the world’s most ubiquitous open and composable operational dashboards, today announced the latest developments in Kubernetes Monitoring in Grafana Cloud, a turnkey solution for all levels of Kubernetes usage within an organization, integrated with the Grafana dashboards users already know and love. Kubernetes Monitoring is available to all Grafana Cloud users, including those on the generous, forever-free tier. 

Additionally, Grafana Labs is expanding its “Big Tent” philosophy of interoperability by enabling users of Grafana Mimir, its open source, horizontally scalable time series database, to ingest and store InfluxDB, Datadog, Graphite, and OpenTelemetry metrics alongside Prometheus metrics.

Kubernetes Monitoring Features

Grafana Cloud users can simply install the Grafana Agent onto a Kubernetes cluster(s) and in minutes, the Kube-state metrics will be shipped to Prometheus and Grafana. From there, Grafana Cloud users have out-of-the-box access to Kubernetes infrastructure metrics and logs, Kubernetes events, as well as pre-built dashboards and alerts. Highlights include: 

Cluster Navigation

The cluster navigation view has an easy-to-use interface to visualize Kubernetes objects at every level. Users can quickly jump into specific namespaces to see the number of Kubernetes pods running, watch deployments happen in real time, or narrow down any workloads that have pods in an undesirable state. Finally, with cluster navigation, users can drill down to the pod level to see pod status, streaming pod logs, Kubernetes events, container specifics, and important details you need to quickly understand the state of your application.

Node Observability

With its bird’s eye view of all the nodes in a cluster and the condition of those nodes, Kubernetes Monitoring allows users to quickly pinpoint issues and improve the efficiency of their Kubernetes fleet. Node capacity, utilization, and resource management indicators offer instant assessments of whether nodes are over- or under-provisioned. With a single click, users can then explore unhealthy pod logs to troubleshoot. 

Pre-built Grafana Dashboards

Today installing the Grafana Agent will also populate several pre-built Kubernetes dashboards and alerts to monitor CPU usage at the cluster, namespace, workload, and pod levels. So Grafana Cloud users can instantly start keeping track of resources used, running pods, and storage operations all within the dashboards.

“The Kubernetes Monitoring integration on Grafana Cloud enables our engineers to have native monitoring," said James Wojewoda, Lead Site Reliability Engineer at Beeswax during a recent GrafanaLive event. “No longer do they have to reach out to our SRE team. Instead, they just click a button on the Grafana Cloud integrations tab, navigate to the out-of-the-box dashboard, and see all the information — CPU usage, logs, metrics — they need to solve the problem themselves. It’s so simple, helps us spot issues fast, and saves us all a lot of custom development time.”

For more information on getting started with Kubernetes Monitoring in Grafana Cloud, visit the Kubernetes Monitoring solutions page and check out our Kubernetes Monitoring documentation and latest Kubernetes Monitoring Webinar

Grafana Mimir Ingests Multiple New Metric Types 

Grafana Mimir, which was launched in March 2022 with native support for Prometheus metrics, now also enables ingestion of Influx, Datadog, Graphite, and OpenTelemetry metrics. Observability teams are often responsible for supporting legacy metric types alongside Prometheus data, managing multiple backends and agents, and learning multiple query languages. With the ingestion of these new metric types, Grafana Labs leans into the “big tent” philosophy by providing an agent-agnostic backend that allows organizations to ingest data from as many sources as possible while leveraging a single query language, PromQL. Just as Grafana is the one tool that enables you to visualize all your data, no matter where it lives, Mimir is being built to enable you to store all your metrics, no matter the format.

For more information about Graphite, Datadog, and Influx DB support in Mimir visit the GitHub page.

For more information about OpenTelemetry support in Mimir visit our documentation page.

Grafana Labs will be at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America in Detroit. Stop by our booth (S23) or join our expert lead sessions: 

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About Grafana Labs

Grafana Labs provides an open and composable monitoring and observability stack built around Grafana, the leading open source technology for dashboards and visualization. There are more than 2,000 Grafana Labs customers, including Bloomberg, Citigroup, Dell Technologies, Salesforce, and TomTom, and more than 1 million active instances of Grafana around the world. Grafana Labs helps companies manage their observability strategies with the LGTM Stack, which can be run fully managed with Grafana Cloud or self-managed with the Grafana Enterprise offerings, both featuring scalable metrics (Grafana Mimir), logs (Grafana Loki), and traces (Grafana Tempo) as well as extensive enterprise data source plugins, dashboard management, alerting, reporting, and security. Grafana Labs is backed by leading investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital, GIC, Sequoia Capital, Coatue, and J.P. Morgan. Follow Grafana Labs on LinkedIn and Twitter or visit grafana.com.

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Mentha Benek, Grafana Labs

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