Welcome to TimeShift
We hope you liked our recent article with videos and slides from the events we’ve participated in recently. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’re getting a breather from work-related travel, but only a short one. We have some events in the coming weeks, and of course are busy filling in the details for GrafanaCon EU.
This week we have a lot of articles, videos and presentations to share, as well as some important plugin updates. Enjoy!
#### Latest Release
Grafana 4.6.2 is now available and includes some bug fixes:
- Prometheus: Fixes bug with new [Prometheus](/oss/prometheus/) alerts in Grafana. Make sure to download this version if you're using Prometheus for alerting. More details in the issue. #9777
- Color picker: Bug after using textbox input field to change/paste color string #9769
- Cloudwatch: build using golang 1.9.2 #9667, thanks @mtanda
- Heatmap: Fixed tooltip for "time series buckets" mode #9332
- InfluxDB: Fixed query editor issue when using
<operators in WHERE clause #9871
Download Grafana 4.6.2 Now
From the Blogosphere
Cloud Tech 10 - 13th November 2017 - Grafana, Linux FUSE Adapter, Azure Stack and more!: Mark Whitby is a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft UK. Each week he prodcues a video reviewing new developments with Microsoft Azure. This week Mark covers the new Azure Monitoring Plugin we recently announced. He also shows you how to get up and running with Grafana quickly using the Azure Marketplace.
Using Prometheus and Grafana to Monitor WebLogic Server on Kubernetes: Oracle published an article on monitoring WebLogic server on Kubernetes. To do this, you’ll use the WebLogic Monitoring Exporter to scrape the server metrics and feed them to Prometheus, then visualize the data in Grafana. Marina goes into a lot of detail and provides sample files and configs to help you get going.
Getting Started with Prometheus: Will Robinson has started a new series on monitoring with Prometheus from someone who has never touched it before. Part 1 introduces a number of monitoring tools and concepts, and helps define a number of monitoring terms. Part 2 teaches you how to spin up Prometheus in a Docker container, and takes a look at writing queries. Looking forward to the third post, when he dives into the visualization aspect.
Monitoring with Prometheus: Alexander Schwartz has made the slides from his most recent presentation from the Continuous Lifcycle Conference in Germany available. In his talk, he discussed getting started with Prometheus, how it differs from other monitoring concepts, and provides examples of how to monitor and alert. We’ll link to the video of the talk when it’s available.
Using Grafana with SiriDB: Jeroen van der Heijden has written an in-depth tutorial to help you visualize data from the open source TSDB, SiriDB in Grafana. This tutorial will get you familiar with setting up SiriDB and provides a sample dashboard to help you get started.
Real-Time Monitoring with Grafana, StatsD and InfluxDB - Artur Caliendo Prado: This is a video from a talk at The Conf, held in Brazil. Artur’s presentation focuses on the experiences they had building a monitoring stack at Youse, how their monitoring became more complex as they scaled, and the platform they built to make sense of their data.
Using Grafana & InfluxDB to view XIV Host Performance Metrics – Part 4 Array Stats: This is the fourth part in a series of posts about host performance metrics. This post dives in to array stats to identify workloads and maintain balance across ports. Check out part 1, part 2 and part 3.
GrafanaCon Tickets are Going Fast
Tickets are going fast for GrafanaCon EU, but we still have a seat reserved for you. Join us March 1-2, 2018 in Amsterdam for 2 days of talks centered around Grafana and the surrounding monitoring ecosystem including Graphite, Prometheus, InfluxData, Elasticsearch, Kubernetes, and more.
Plugin authors are often adding new features and fixing bugs, which will make your plugin perform better - so it’s important to keep your plugins up to date. We’ve made updating easy; for on-prem Grafana, use the Grafana-cli tool, or update with 1 click if you’re using Hosted Grafana.
Hawkular data source - There is an important change in this release - as this datasource is now able to fetch not only Hawkular Metrics but also Hawkular Alerts, the server URL in the datasource configuration must be updated:
http://myserver:123/hawkular/metricsmust be changed to
Some of the changes (see the release notes) for more details):
- Allow per-query tenant configuration
- Annotations can now be configured out of Availability metrics and Hawkular Alerts events in addition to string metrics
- allows dot character in tag names
Diagram Panel - This is the first release in a while for the popular Diagram Panel plugin.
In addition to these changes, there are also a number of bug fixes:
- Can integrate with an http endpoint to get dynamically generated Mermaid text
- Support for Composite metrics
Influx Admin Panel - received a number of improvements:
- Fix issue always showing query results
- When there is only one row, swap rows/cols (ie: SHOW DIAGNOSTICS)
- Improved auto-refresh behavior
- Fix query time sorting
- show 'status' field (killed, etc)
Upcoming Events:In between code pushes we like to speak at, sponsor and attend all kinds of conferences and meetups. We have some awesome talks and events coming soon. Hope to see you at one of these!
Nov. 29, 1pm EST: Check out how you can use popular open source projects, for performance monitoring of your Infrastructure, Application, and Cloud faster, easier, and to scale. In this webinar, Daniel Lee from Grafana Labs, and Chris Churilo from InfluxData, will provide you with step by step instruction from download & configure, to collecting metrics and building dashboards and alerts.
- Cloud native applications and computing
- Central orchestration processing
- And more
Tweet of the WeekWe scour Twitter each week to find an interesting/beautiful dashboard and show it off! #monitoringLove
People love pie charts...@DanCech from Grafana Labs live from #InfluxDays! #InfluxDB pic.twitter.com/49nyfib39u— Tim Hall (@thallinflux) November 14, 2017
We were glad to be a part of InfluxDays this year, and looking forward to seeing the InfluxData team in NYC in February.
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