timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 12

Published: 8 Sep 2017 by Trent White RSS

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.

Download Grafana 4.5 Beta Now



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.



Grafana Plugins

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.

UPDATED PLUGIN

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.

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UPDATED PLUGIN

Carpet Plot Panel - This plugin received a small update - adds support for the Grafana feature "Override relative time".

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UPDATED PLUGIN

Trend Box Panel - BT plc has updated all their plugins. For the Trend Box panel, the latest version adds support for a drilldown link for the entire panel.

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UPDATED PLUGIN

Status Dot Panel - Similar to the other BT plc panels, the Alarm Box Panel now supports adding a drilldown link for the entire panel.

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UPDATED PLUGIN

Alarm Box Panel - For the Status Dot Panel, the drilldown link support is per dot and allows you to specify the link for each dot using variables derived from the name of its series.

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UPDATED PLUGIN

Peak Report Panel - The Peak Report Panel is also a BT plc plugin and it has also got an update. In the new version, the options tab has some style improvements.

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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.

Mitsuhiro Tanda
This week we have to thank mtanda once again. During the last week, we have merged 4 Pull Requests from mtanda - #9167, #9182, #9201 and #9202. Amazing work!


GrafanaCon EU

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.


I'd Like to Speak at GrafanaCon



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!



Grafana Labs is Hiring!

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