Welcome to another timeShift. This week, we highlight Prometheus and the videos from PromCon 2017 and have a bunch of plugin updates to show off. Also, don’t forget to submit your topic to speak at GrafanaCon EU, and check out the positions we’re looking to fill at Grafana Labs!
#### Latest Release **Grafana v4.5.0-beta1 is** available for download. We have some exciting new features to share with you in this release, including:
- New Prometheus Query Editor with syntax highlighting, autocomplete, and integrated function docs directly in the editor.
- Add Ad-hoc Filters directly from the Table Panel (Elasticsearch only)
- Table cells can now be links to generate a URL to another dashboard or system.
- View raw metric requests and responses from within the Grafana UI through our new Integrated Query Inspector.
- New MySQL query editor with syntax highlighting and support for more data types!
- Graphite v1.0 functions added to the Graphite query editor
To see the full changelog, head over to our community site.
From the Blogosphere
Monitoring Using Prometheus: Rahul walks us through all of the necessary pieces to stand up a Prometheus monitoring stack and provides links to a few pre-made Grafana dashboards so you can start visualizing those metrics quickly and easily.
The Web Performance Team at the Wikimedia Foundation!: A couple of weeks ago we shared Wikimedia’s Grafana dashboards. Recently, they were searching for someone to join their web performance team. This article provides a ton of insight into what they collect and why it’s important. Interesting read.
Reducing API Overhead by 70% with Prometheus and Grafana: In this article, Patrick outlines how Algorithmia updated their monitoring stack to add flexibility and power and save time building dashboards and alerting.
PromCon 2017: Grafana and Prometheus - Carl Bergquist: A few issues ago we linked Grafana Labs developer, Carl Bergquist’s PromCon 2017 slide deck. Now that all the videos are online, you can watch his presentation, and check out the rest of the videos here.
Building a LoRaWAN Enabled Bat Detector: We’ve seen Batman pop up a a few times in graphs recently, but this article is about tracking a different kind of bat – using a custom-built solar powered bat detector and Grafana.
We’re always excited to announce updates to our existing plugins, and this week we have a bunch! Updating plugins is easy. If you have an on-prem Grafana, the Grafana-cli will take care of the upgrade. For Hosted Grafana, use the one-click upgrade button.
Status Panel - The Status Panel got a lot of updates in the latest version. Here are just some of them:
- Added an option to use the default Grafana background rather than the green OK state color.
- Regex filtering bug fix
- Units of Measure, Decimals and Date formatting
- Ability to select preferred ok/warn/crit/disable colors and an option to apply coloring to either Background, Text or not at all.
When upgrading there might be some changes in the data the plugin uses and saves, so some of the configurations you make might be removed by accident. To prevent this loss of configuration you should save the panel JSON of all panels you have (by exporting the panel or dashboards) and keep them somewhere safe until you made sure everything is working after the upgrade.
This week's MVC (Most Valuable Contributor)Each week we like to thank a member of the community who has recently contributed to the Grafana project.
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We've been excited to read the topics that have already been submitted and are looking forward to reading more!
Do you have a big idea you'd like to share? Want to show off your monitoring stack? We're looking for technical and non-technical talks of all sizes.
Tweet of the Week
We scour Twitter each week to find an interesting/beautiful dashboard and show it off! #monitoringLove
Here's hoping Fall comes early for you!
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