timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 27

Published: 22 Dec 2017 by Trent White RSS

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 Nothern 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.


Grafana Plugins

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.


UPDATED PLUGIN

Zabbix App:

  • Redesigned triggers panel
  • Multi data source support
  • Lots of UX improvements

Update Now


GrafanaCon EU

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.

"Monitoring at Bloomberg"
Stig Sorensen
HEAD OF TELEMETRY
BLOOMBERG
"Monitoring at Bloomberg"
Sean Hanson
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
BLOOMBERG
"Monitoring Tinder’s Billions of Swipes with Grafana"
Utkarsh Bhatnagar
SR. SOFTWARE ENGINEER
TINDER
"Grafana at CERN"
Borja Garrido
PROJECT ASSOCIATE
CERN

"Monitoring the Huge Scale at Automattic"
Abhishek Gahlot
SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Automattic
"Real-time Engagement During the 2016 US Presidential Election"
Anna MacLachlan
CONTENT MARKETING MANAGER
Fastly
"Real-time Engagement During the 2016 US Presidential Election"
Gerlando Piro
FRONT END DEVELOPER
Fastly
"Running a Power Plant with Grafana"
Ryan McKinley
DEVELOPER
NATEL ENERGY

"Grafana v5 and the Future"
Torkel Odegaard
CREATOR | PROJECT LEAD
GRAFANA
"Prometheus for Monitoring Metrics"
Brian Brazil
FOUNDER
ROBUST PERCEPTION
"What We Learned Integrating Grafana with Prometheus"
Peter Zaitsev
CO-FOUNDER | CEO
PERCONA
"The Biz of Grafana"
Raj Dutt
CO-FOUNDER | CEO
GRAFANA LABS

"What's New In Graphite"
Dan Cech
DIR, PLATFORM SERVICES
GRAFANA LABS
"The Design of IFQL, the New Influx Functional Query Language"
Paul Dix
CO-FOUNTER | CTO
INFLUXDATA
"Writing Grafana Dashboards with Jsonnet"
Julien Pivotto
OPEN SOURCE CONSULTANT
INUITS
"Monitoring AI Platform at eBay"
Deepak Vasthimal
MTS-2 SOFTWARE ENGINEER
EBAY

"Performance Metrics and User Experience: A "Tinder" Experience"
Susanne Greiner
DATA SCIENTIST
WÜRTH PHOENIX S.R.L.
"Analyzing Performance of OpenStack with Grafana Dashboards"
Alex Krzos
SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER
RED HAT INC.
"Graphs Tell Stories"
Blerim Sheqa
SENIOR DEVELOPER
NETWAYS
"Storage Monitoring at Shell Upstream"
Arie Jan Kraai
STORAGE ENGINEER
SHELL TECHNICAL LANDSCAPE SERVICE

"The RED Method: How To Instrument Your Services"
Tom Wilkie
FOUNDER
KAUSAL
"Grafana Usage in the Quality Assurance Process"
Andrejs Kalnacs
LEAD SOFTWARE DEVELOPER IN TEST
EVOLUTION GAMING
"Using Prometheus and Grafana for Monitoring my Power Usage"
Erwin de Keijzer
LINUX ENGINEER
SNOW BV
"Weather, Power & Market Forecasts with Grafana"
Max von Roden
DATA SCIENTIST
ENERGY WEATHER

"Weather, Power & Market Forecasts with Grafana"
Steffen Knott
HEAD OF IT
ENERGY WEATHER
"Inherited Technical Debt - A Tale of Overcoming Enterprise Inertia"
Jordan J. Hamel
HEAD OF MONITORING PLATFORMS
AMGEN
"Grafanalib: Dashboards as Code"
Jonathan Lange
VP OF ENGINEERING
WEAVEWORKS
"The Journey of Shifting the MQTT Broker HiveMQ to Kubernetes"
Arnold Bechtoldt
SENIOR SYSTEMS ENGINEER
INOVEX




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.

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Tweet of the Week

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

Nice! We love seeing highly functional and informative dashboards!


Grafana Labs is Hiring!

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