Grafana Cloud fundamentalsWhat are data sources?

What are data sources?

To visualize data in Grafana Cloud, you have to get data into your instance. Some examples of the data you can send to your Cloud instance are time series metrics you might gather using Prometheus or InfluxDB, logging information produced by Loki or Elasticsearch, and distributed tracing data collected using Tempo, Jaeger, or Zipkin.

Every example mentioned is a data source. There are many others.

You can select what type of data you want to send to Grafana Cloud from the Configuration menu on the left of the Grafana Cloud screen. Hover over the gear symbol and select Data sources to begin.

The configuration menu

From this page you can search through pre-configured data sources, adjusting the default settings where needed. You can also add other data sources by selecting from a number of data source plugins that are installed, but not configured by default, or scroll to the bottom of the page for a link to Find more data source plugins on grafana.com.

For more information, see Data sources.