ICYMI: The 10 Most-Read Blog Posts of 2019

Published: 23 Dec 2019 RSS

As 2019 comes to a close, we’re looking back at the 10 most-read blog posts of the year. (We’re not including the also-popular release posts in this list.) Here’s another chance to check them out in case you missed them the first time around.

1. How a Production Outage Was Caused Using Kubernetes Pod Priorities

In this post, Tom Wilkie explained what happened during an outage in Grafana Labs’ Hosted Prometheus service, how the team responded to it, and what they’re doing to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

2. Sneak Preview of New Visualizations Coming to Grafana

Grafana creator Torkel Ödegaard offered his thoughts on – and some interesting inspirations for – the new visualizations that were introduced in v6.2.

Bar Gauge Preview

3. A Look Inside GitLab’s Public Dashboards

There are transparent companies – and then there’s GitLab. This recap of a GrafanaCon talk covers what the company monitors and how it’s visualized.

4. How to Set Up This Next-Level Personal Home Dashboard in Your Kitchen

Guest blogger Cameron McCloskey shared a complete how-to for the awesome Grafana dashboard he created for his home.

Home Dashboard

5. Worth a Look: Public Grafana Dashboards

Wikimedia, CERN, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation are just a few of the organizations that make their Grafana dashboards public. Check out more here.

6. Grafana Tutorial: How to Create Kiosks to Display Dashboards on a TV

Here’s a step-by-step guide to get your Grafana dashboards and playlists displayed on a large TV – a perfect project for your holiday break.

7. How We Designed Loki to Work Easily Both as Microservices and as Monoliths

The Loki team discussed how the project incorporated the best of both worlds, making it much simpler to use, whether you want to run a single process on bare metal or microservices at hyperscale.

8. A Closer Look at Grafana’s User Interface for Loki

David Kaltschmidt broke down the UX goals that went into designing Loki. “It is designed to be lean in the backend,” he wrote. “In addition, we tried to pair this with a clean and intuitive way to read your logs inside Grafana.”

9. How Not to Fail at Visualization

At GrafanaCon L.A., Icinga CPO Blerim Sheqa gave a talk about best practices for visualization.

10. What $24 Million Means for Our Open Source Community

After Grafana Labs announced it had raised Series A funding, CEO Raj Dutt addressed the company’s commitment to investing even more in the open source project and pushing forward with the vision of building an open, composable observability platform. “We’re staying true to our roots while reimagining what’s possible,” he wrote.

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After trying to DIY, Wix embraces Grafana Cloud

Metrics is an important part of Wix’s culture, so Grafana Cloud was chosen to monitor mission-critical systems.

"It doesn’t make sense, price-to-performance, to do it ourselves, so we were looking for a fully-managed solution from a team that had experience running monitoring at scale."
– Alex Ulstein, Head of Monitoring, Wix

DigitalOcean gains new insight with Grafana visualizations

The company relies on Grafana to be the consolidated data visualization and dashboard solution for sharing data.

"Grafana produces beautiful graphs we can send to our customers, works with our Chef deployment process, and is all hosted in-house."
– David Byrd, Product Manager, DigitalOcean

Grafana enhances end user experience for Apica Systems

The company uses Grafana alongside its SaaS product to detect availability and performance issues before they affect users.

"There have been all kinds of dashboard solutions, but Grafana changed that game in terms of being extremely dynamic and hooking in whatever you like."
– Sven Hammar, CEO, Apica Systems