Grafana Cloud Changelog

New updates and improvements to Grafana Cloud. Changes will roll-out to customers in the weeks following each new post.

March 2021

Last updated on March 24, 2021

Agent and integrations

More improvements to the agent and integrations, giving you additional ways to get started monitoring your systems with as little friction as possible.

  • The agent and integrations are now easier than ever to install, packaged together for different architectures for Red Hat-based or Debian-based operating systems. This means you can now configure a new integration with just one copy-and-paste command instead of three.
  • Managing integrations has gotten more simple, with a one-click uninstall added to the integrations management page. This will automatically remove the Grafana dashboard folder and its content as well as the cloud alerting rule groups and its content, which are tied to the integration.

Cloud alerting

A few quality-of-life improvements have been released for the cloud alerting interface.

  • The Rules page has been updated to make things a little bit easier to read. As a part of this change, rule groups are now collapsible in the list, and rules are easier to discern across groups.
  • Date and time filters have been added to the Notifications page, and they work in a similar way to how you apply date ranges across queries.
  • Time range pickers have been added to the Silences page, so it’s easier to define your time period when scheduling a new silence.

One minor security update.

  • The Alertmanager page has been further restricted. Both view and edit permissions are now only accessible to Admin roles. Previously, all roles could view the configuration, while only Admins could edit.

Synthetic Monitoring

The checks page has gotten a moderate redesign to improve usability. It’s now easier to get a sense of what’s happening with your systems with a quick glance, as we’ve added clearer labeling and better color coding to indicate different check types and statuses.

  • You can now enable, disable, and delete a check directly from the main Checks page without having to open up each check individually. With this, you’ll also now be able to bulk perform these same actions across multiple checks at one time, all from the main page.
  • There are now more powerful sorting and filtering options. Now you can filter by status and labels, or sort by ascending and descending job names.
  • A compacted list view has also been added to make it easier to scan through a long list of checks.

February 2021

Last updated on February 19, 2021

Agent and integrations

We continue to make improvements to the onboarding experience to make getting started with Grafana Cloud as easy as possible. As such, the integrations wizard is now the new onboarding wizard.

  • The wizard includes more information on how to configure core cloud services: Prometheus, Graphite, Loki, and Tempo.
  • The wizard surfaces the top standard Grafana data sources, like GitHub and mySQL.
  • New integrations added: Elasticsearch and Ruby Rack

The instructions for installing the agent have been greatly simplified and the number of steps have been reduced:

  • For users with a Debian or RedHat based operating system, the agent is now packaged together for a single-line install.

Cloud alerting

  • You can now manage and view notifications from alert rules via the new Notifications tabs.
  • Some buttons and tabs have been renamed and rearranged to clarify confusion around persisting changes.

Synthetic monitoring

  • It’s now possible to create alerts for your checks. This uses Prometheus style rules and alerts can all be managed directly within the cloud alerting interface.

Other notable changes

  • Concurrent sessions are now being enforced: One account cannot have more than 3 at a time.

January 2021

Last updated on February 18, 2021

Agent and integrations

There’s a new integrations management page that you can access via the lighting bolt icon! From here, you’ll be able to see all of the integrations available on Grafana Cloud and quickly install any of them.

  • New integrations added: Apollo Server, NodeJS, Consul, PostgresSQL, Spring Boot, Cert Manager, and Caddy.
  • The walkthrough interface has been slightly updated for a better and faster viewing experience.

Cloud alerting

  • Template creation and management is now possible in the Alertmanager configuration
  • Editors can now manage silences
  • Data sources are selectable on each tab

November 2020

Last updated on February 18, 2021

Agent and integrations

We’re working hard to put out more integrations and continue to improve the experience around configuring these pre-built dashboards and alerts.

  • 7 new integrations have been added: MySQL, Java, Redis, Golang, Etcd, Memcached, and Dnsmasq.
  • Logos have been added to make integrations more identifiable.

Cloud alerting

Prometheus alerting and recording rules get even easier to manage in Grafana Cloud with some recent improvements.

  • You can now create, delete, and manage rule groups directly in Grafana Cloud Alerting.
  • Newly created rule groups will appear at the top.
  • You can now move rules between groups via a drop-down.
  • You can now create silences for your alerts in Grafana Cloud Alerting. This is all of the same Prometheus Alertmanager functionality unified into our interface. Best of all, it works with your Loki log data, too!
  • While managing notification silences, matching alerts can now be collapsed.

Synthetic monitoring

We’re continuing to improve the experience of migrating from worldPing to Synthetic Monitoring with Grafana Cloud.

  • Synthetic Monitoring is now installed by default!
  • First time users of Synthetic Monitoring will also be presented with a much friendlier landing page to help with additional configuration.