timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 6

Published: 28 Jul 2017 by Trent White RSS

Welcome to another edition of timeShift! This week, in addition to the great articles we’ve found scouring the Internet, we have two new plugins to announce and updates to three data source plugins to add to our list of 80 plugins. Without any further ado, let’s dive in!

From the Blogosphere

Plugins and Dashboards

This week we have udpates to three popular data source plugins and a brand new panel and app to show off. Annunciator is similar to the Singlestat panel, but adds some new bells and whistles, and GLPi is an open source asset management and ticketing system. All of these plugins are a breeze to update and install via the grafana-cli for an on-prem Grafana instance, or a 1-click install on Hosted Grafana.


Annunciator Panel - Like Singlestat, the Annunciator Panel allows you to show the one main summary stat of a SINGLE series. It reduces the series into a single number (by looking at the max, min, average, or sum of values in the series). Annunciator also displays upper and lower alarm thresholds, colored to according to the value of the stat relative to the threshold. This panel is designed to support simple timeseries data sets - unlike Singlestat, Annunciator does not support table-based data sets.

Install Now


GLPi - GLPi is a French open source asset management, issue tracking system and service desk solution. This new app allows you to track ticket, users, devices, and more, directly in Grafana.

Install Now


Hawkular - Huge updates to the Hawkular data source plugin - a new tag query language and stats queries that can return aggregated data like percentiles. Read all about it in the release blog post.

Install 1.0.10 Now


SimpleJson - A couple of updates and fixes this week.

  • Adds support for With Credentials (sends grafana cookies with request) when using Direct mode.
  • Fix for the typeahead component for the metrics dropdown (/search endpoint).

Install 1.3.4 Now


Zabbix - The updates just keep coming to this popular plugin. Recent updates include:

  • Direct database connection support.
  • Since version 4.3 Grafana can use MySQL as a native data source. The Grafana-Zabbix plugin can now use this data source for querying data directly from a Zabbix database.
  • New moving average function
  • New consolidateBy function, which allows specifying the aggregation function for time series data.

Install 3.6.1 Now

This week’s MVC (Most Valuable Contributor)

While we normally select a different contributor each week, we wanted to re-recognize the awesome work of a previous recipient.

mtanda (Mitsuhiro Tanda)
During the last two weeks, mtanda had five merged pull requests and nine open pull requests. We have him to thank for many of the new improvements to the Cloudwatch data source as well as many contributions to other parts of Grafana. Thank you once again!

Tweet of the Week

We scour Twitter each week to find an interesting/beautiful dashboard and show it off! #monitoringLove

Thanks for showing off your Battlefield dashboard @matthewv - Love it when people find new and unique ways to use Grafana.

Also, nice stats - my Kills/Deaths ratio is exactly opposite! :p

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