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timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 65

timeShift(GrafanaBuzz, 1w) Issue 65

19 Oct, 2018 7 min

Welcome to TimeShift

This week we’ll learn about the new Google Stackdriver core datasource in Grafana, dive into the new Postgres query editor and share some best practices.


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Latest Stable Release: Grafana v5.3.1

Updates in this release
  • Render: Fix PhantomJS render of graph panel when legend displayed as table to the right #13616
  • Stackdriver: Filter option disappears after removing initial filter #13607
  • Elasticsearch: Fix no limit size in terms aggregation for alerting queries #13172, thx @Yukinoshita-Yukino
  • InfluxDB: Fix for annotation issue that caused text to be shown twice #13553
  • Variables: Fix nesting variables leads to exception and missing refresh #13628
  • Variables: Prometheus: Single letter labels are not supported #13641, thx @olshansky
  • Graph: Fix graph time formatting for Last 24h ranges #13650
  • Playlist: Fix cannot add dashboards with long names to playlist #13464, thx @neufeldtech
  • HTTP API: Fix /api/org/users so that query and limit querystrings works

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From the Blogosphere

Introducing Stackdriver as a datasource for Grafana: The Google Cloud team received lots of requests from customers wanting to view Stackdriver data in Grafana, so we worked closely with them to build and release the Stackdriver plugin for Grafana in v5.3. This article gives you some background on Stackdriver and shows how you can get started using this beta plugin. Please give it a try, we’re looking forward to your feedback.

Make time-series exploration easier with the PostgreSQL/TimescaleDB query editor: Grafana v5.3 includes a new visual query editor for the PostgreSQL datasource. The folks from TimescaleDB did a lot of work on this feature (thanks @svenklemm), and put together a great writeup on using the new query builder and some best practices.

Azure Monitor – Combine Azure Monitor And Azure Log Analytics Data In Grafana: In this article, Stefan walks you through the steps to combine Azure Monitor and Azure LogAnalytics Data and embed the graphs in Grafana.

Bit v. Byte Episode 41 - Google & Facebook Hacks, Pixel 3 & Home Hub, Grafana: The release of Grafana 5.3 was mentioned in last week’s Bit v. Byte podcast where Adam discussed some of the new features. Always a good series to stay up to date on the latest tools and techniques.

Graph top N time series in Grafana: Brian Brazil explains how to graph the top N series over a duration using Prometheus in Grafana v5.3.

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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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Docker London Meetup | London, United Kingdom - November 22, 2018:
Tom Wilkie: Monitoring Docker with Prometheus – [Prometheus](/oss/prometheus/) has become the defacto monitoring system for cloud native applications, with many systems natively exposing Prometheus metrics. In this talk Tom will explore all the moving part for a working Prometheus-on-Docker monitoring system, including service discovery, node-exporter, cAdvisor and Grafana. Tom will also share some little tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Prometheus monitoring, including the common pitfalls and what you should be alerting on.

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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 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.

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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

Very cool! The worldMap panel is one of my favorites - looks like something they'd use in the NORAD command center.

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