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timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 63

timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 63

5 Oct, 2018 8 min

Welcome to TimeShift

This week we released Grafana 5.3.0beta-3 in prep for a stable release that should be available next week. In addition to details on the new beta, we have a lot of new and updated plugins to share, and our weekly roundup of Grafana-related articles from around the Internet.

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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 5.3.0-beta3

Major New Features
  • Stackdriver: Fix for missing ngInject #13511
  • Permissions: Fix for broken permissions selector #13507
  • Alerting: Alert reminders deduping not working as expected when running multiple Grafana instances #13492
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From the Blogosphere

How to gather and display metrics in Red Hat OpenShift: Learn how to use Apache Spark Metrics and Prometheus to gather and display metrics with Grafana on Red Hat OpenShift.

Pillars of Observability: The first in an upcoming series to serve as an introduction to observability and what it means. This post discusses metrics, logs, and tracing and common solutions for each.

Lab #1 – Migrating to Grafana/InfluxDB: While switching from a monolithic approach to a services-oriented architecture, ABC Arbitrage also needed a monitoring tool to gather and report application metrics. This post walks through the decisions they made to build their new monitoring stack.

Real Time Analytics for IoT Data using Mosquitto, AWS Kinesis and InfluxDB: IoT devices generate a large amount of data. Learn how to build a data pipeline through common open source components and gain actionable insight from this data.

Grafana Plugin Update

Lots of new plugin and plugin updates were published this week, including updates to two of our premium plugins. To update any of your plugins in your on-prem Grafana, use the grafana-cli tool, or for Hosted Grafana update with one-click.


Dark Sky Datasource - This new datasource plugin allows you to graph historical weather conditions and forecast data from the Dark Sky weather service in Grafana.



Statusmap Panel - The new Statusmap panel plugin allows you to visualize multiple time series in one panel. The panel has several display modes. Discrete mode allows you to map discrete values to colors. The opacity and spectrum modes are similar to the heatmap panel.



Annotation List Panel - This new panel shows a table of Grafana user annotations. The annotations in the list are clickable and will navigate to the panel and time range of the chosen annotation. This can be very useful if you want an overview of events that have occurred and to be able to quickly navigate to that event.



Datadog Datasource - The latest release of the Datadog Datasource now supports some additional functions. Single metric arithmetic allows you to multiply a metric value by a number (value * 100 for example). The following three functions are now also supported:

  • Arithmetic -> Log10 function
  • Smoothing -> Auto Smoother
  • Regression -> Trend Line



Splunk Datasource - A bug for relative date ranges in Grafana has been fixed in the Splunk Datasource. Date ranges like Yesterday and Previous week should now always work.



Trend Box and Alarm Box - The Trend Box and Alarm Box panels both received a fix for a visual bug in Grafana 5.x.

Install Trend Box Install Alarm Box


Akumuli Datasource - The latest release of the Akumuli Datasource includes a new feature and a bug fix. The new feature is support for template variables of type interval that can be used with Downsample control.

Queries using the Top N feature now work properly when using aliasing (formatting the legend key).


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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.

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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InfluxDays 2018 | San Francisco - November 7-8, 2018:
Matt Toback: Optimizing the Grafana Platform for Flux – Flux, the new InfluxData Data Scripting Language (formerly IFQL), super-charges queries both for analytics and data science. Matt will give a quick overview of the language features as well as the moving parts for a working deployment. Grafana is an open source dashboard solution that shares Flux’s passion for analytics and data science. For that reason, they are very excited to showcase the new Flux support within Grafana, and a couple of common analytics use cases to get the most out of your data.

In this talk, Matt Toback from Grafana Labs will share the latest updates they have made with their Flux builder in Grafana.

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KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 | Seattle, WA - December 10-13, 2018: David Kaltschmidt: On the OSS Path to Full Observability with Grafana - Grafana is coming "off the wall". To make it more useful for interactive debugging, David and his team have already integrated two pillars of observability - metrics and logs. They are currently adding tracing to complete the incident response experience. All to minimize the cost of context switching during those crucial minutes after getting paged.

This talk will demonstrate the various methods we've used to link the data together. [Prometheus](/oss/prometheus/) is providing the metrics. Via its histograms, request latencies can be extracted to inform each tracing span from Jaeger. Grafana also ensures that lines from your log aggregation system are annotated with span and trace IDs, as well as the other way around: associating logged values with spans.

David will show how these OSS parts should be deployed to achieve full observability in an engaging user experience that saves valuable minutes.

We are also 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

We are extremely proud of the Grafana open source community. Thank you!!

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