As we wrap up 2017, I wanted to kick off my last timeShift of the year to thank you, the Grafana community, for all your input, feedback, and involvement that's made Grafana better with every release. While code contributions are extremely important, they're not the only way to participate in the open source software community. Feature requests, bug reports, writing documentation, testing new features, participating in hackathons and meetups – all contribute to making open source projects better. All of us at Grafana Labs feel truly lucky to be part of such a vibrant community, and look forward to an even better 2018. Thank you!
#### Latest Stable Release
Last week we released Grafana 4.6.3, which included some bugfixes:
- Gzip: Fixes bug Gravatar images when gzip was enabled #5952
- Alert list: Now shows alert state changes even after adding manual annotations on dashboard #99513
- Alerting: Fixes bug where rules evaluated as firing when all conditions was false and using OR operator. #93183
- Cloudwatch: CloudWatch no longer display metrics’ default alias #101514, thx @mtanda
Download Grafana 4.6.3 Now
From the Blogosphere
Monitoring Apache Spark with Prometheus on Kubernetes: This is the third post on the Spark on Kubernetes series. Part 1 is an intro to Spark on K8s and Part 2 covers scaling Spark on K8s. In this post, Balint discusses why he chose Prometheus, changes that were necessary in the Spark code base, and an overview of the architecture.
PCF Platform Monitoring with Prometheus and Grafana: Wealth management company Northern Trust was having problems gaining insight into the performance of their platform. This video presentation walks you through an enterprise monitoring use case, options they considered, why they chose Prometheus and Grafana, and the metrics they find interesting and valuable.
Locust Monitoring with Grafana in Just 15 Minutes: Open source load testing tool, Locust, has a GUI monitoring interface, but it’s not customizable unless you want to dive into the code base, nor does it have metrics storage capabilities. With 15 minutes, Graphite, Grafana, and a little bit of Python, you’ll be well on your way to monitoring your Locust performance scripts.
Pre-configure Grafana with Docker-Compose: By default, Grafana stores its configuration in a SQLite database. This tutorial walks you through the steps of using a different database (in this case PostgreSQL), saving the configuration, and having it included automatically in your project.
Wintermod - The First 48 Hours (An Apology): TruckersMP regularly creates mods for popular truck driving simulator Euro Truck Simulator 2. In this post-mortem, we get a play by play of what happened when TruckersMP released the latest wintermod and things didn’t go as planned. Grafana was front and center as they monitored the CDN performance and traffic, while thousands of truckers converged on their servers to download the new mod. Kat shares what he learned and offers some important takeaways in high-stress situations, when dealing with performance problems in production.
One of the most popular Grafana plugins, the Zabbix App Plugin, received an update this week. We’ve made it easy to keep your plugins up to date. In on-prem Grafana, use the Grafana-cli tool to update, or update with 1 click on Hosted Grafana.
We’ve filled out the speakers list and are excited that GrafanaCon EU is just a few short months away! Keep an eye on grafanacon.org for the upcoming schedule, and a few more tricks we have up our sleeves.
GrafanaCon Tickets are Available!
Lock in your seat for GrafanaCon EU while there are still tickets avaialable! 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.
Tweet of the WeekWe scour Twitter each week to find an interesting/beautiful dashboard and show it off! #monitoringLove
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#### How are we doing? That's a wrap! Let us know what you think about timeShift. Submit a comment on this article below, or post something at our [community forum](https://community.grafana.com?utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=timeshift_27). See you next year!