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timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 61

timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 61

21 Sep, 2018 6 min

Welcome to TimeShift

This week we share articles covering Grafana’s alpha Explore UI, the many ways Logicify uses Grafana, building your own centralized monitoring stack, and more.

See something we missed? Know of an article that might be a good fit for an upcoming issue? Contact us!

Latest Stable Release: Grafana 5.2.4

Bug Fixes
  • GrafanaCli: Fixed issue with grafana-cli install plugin resulting in corrupt http response from source error. Fixes #13079

See everything new in Grafana v5.2.4.

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Latest Beta Release: Grafana 5.3.0beta-1

Major New Features
  • Alerting: Notification reminders #7330, thx jbaublitz
  • Dashboard: TV & Kiosk mode changes, new cycle view mode button in dashboard toolbar #13025
  • OAuth: Gitlab OAuth with support for filter by groups #5623, thx BenoitKnecht
  • Postgres: Graphical query builder #10095, thx svenklemm

There are a lot of other new features and fixes including the grafana-cli fix included in 5.2.4, so please check out the release notes to see everything that's new in Grafana 5.3.0beta-1.

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From the Blogosphere

Grafana’s Explore UI: Taking a Deeper Dive into Data with Prometheus Queries: In this recap from the most recent PromCon in Munich, David Kaltschmidt demos the Explore UI alpha. This new interface allows you to iterate quickly through Prometheus queries, while leaving your dashboards intact. You can also try it yourself with a simple config edit.

Grafana, Graphite & Max Data Points: Steph was on a quest to find out why a Grafana singlestat panel was returning wacky values. Her investigation leads her to learning about Graphite’s default runtime consolidation. Our own Dieter Plaetinck wrote an article that touches on this and 24 other gotchas he’s encountered with Graphite, Grafana and Statsd.

Grafana as a Yet Another Tool for Technical Monitoring of Software Products We Build: Logicify uses Grafana in both their internal and external projects from monitoring the temperature of their offices to tracking user behavior in their eCommerce apps.

Services and resources monitoring with Prometheus and Grafana running on Docker: This article discusses building a centralized monitoring stack with Grafana and Prometheus to reduce context switching between multiple monitoring tools and more quickly improve overall system monitoring.

Monitoring Spark 2 performance via Grafana in Ambari-Metrics: This article covers adding a Spark 2 Dashboard to Grafana in Ambari-Metrics to monitor Spark applications for detailed resource usage statistics.

Grafana Plugin Update

One plugin update this week containing a few bug fixes. To update in your on-prem Grafana, use the grafana-cli tool, or for Hosted Grafana update with one-click at


Singlestat Math Panel - In this release an off-by-1px error in Firefox is fixed and the panel autosorts the thresholds on the option tab.


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Upcoming Events

In between code pushes we like to speak at, sponsor and attend all kinds of conferences and meetups. We also like to make sure we mention other Grafana-related events happening all over the world. If you’re putting on just such an event, let us know and we’ll list it here.

Cloud Native Computing Stockholm | Stockholm, Sweden - September 25, 2018:
Torkel Ödegaard: What's Going On at Grafana - In this session Torkel will provide an update on the project and discuss what’s new/what's coming in the future. He'll also cover some “best practices/interesting things seen in the wild,” and save some time for Q&A.


CloudNative London 2018 | London, United Kingdom - September 26-28, 2018:
Tom Wilkie: Monitoring Kubernetes With Prometheus – In this talk Tom will explore all the moving part for a working Prometheus-on-Kubernetes monitoring system, including kube-state-metrics, node-exporter, cAdvisor and Grafana. You will learn about the various methods for getting to a working setup: the manual approach, using CoreOS's Prometheus Operator, or using Prometheus Ksonnet Mixin.

Tom will also share some little tips and tricks for getting the most out of your [Prometheus](/oss/prometheus/) monitoring, including the common pitfalls and what you should be alerting on.

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All Things Open 2018 | Raleigh, NC - October 21-23, 2018:
Tom Wilkie: The RED Method - How to Instrument your Services – The RED Method defines three key metrics you should measure for every microservice in your architecture; inspired by the USE Method from Brendan Gregg, it gives developers a template for instrumenting their services and building dashboards in a consistent, repeatable fashion.

In this talk we will discuss patterns of application instrumentation, where and when they are applicable, and how they can be implemented with Prometheus. We'll cover Google's Four Golden Signals, the RED Method, the USE Method, and Dye Testing. We'll also discuss why consistency is an important approach for reducing cognitive load. Finally we'll talk about the limitations of these approaches and what can be done to overcome them.

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OSMC 2018 | Nuremberg, Germany - November 5-8, 2018:
David Kaltschmidt: Logging is Coming to Grafana – Grafana is an OSS dashboarding platform with a focus on visualizing time series data as beautiful graphs. Now we're adding support to show your logs inside Grafana as well. Adding support for log aggregation makes Grafana an even better tool for incident response: First, the metric graphs help in a visual zoning in on the issue. Then you can seamlessly switch over to view and search related log files, allowing you to better understand what your software was doing while the issue was occurring. The main part of this talk shows how to deploy the necessary parts for this integrated experience. In addition I'll show the latest features of Grafana both for creating dashboards and maintaining their configuration. The last 10-15 will be reserved for a Q&A.

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KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 | Seattle, WA - December 10-13, 2018:
We are a proud sponsor of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation's flagship conference. Join Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, Fluentd, gRPC, containerd, rkt, CNI, Envoy, Jaeger, Notary, TUF, Vitess, CoreDNS, NATS, Linkerd and Helm as the community gathers for four days to further the education and advancement of cloud native computing.

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Tweet of the Week

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

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