Grafana Cloud fundamentalsWhat are data sources?

What are data sources?

One of the first things necessary for Grafana Cloud to provide visualizations of your data is that the data must be sent to Grafana Cloud. What do you want to visualize? Time series metrics such as you might gather using Prometheus or InfluxDB? Logging information like what Loki or Elasticsearch might contain? Or maybe distributed tracing data collected using Tempo, Jaeger, or Zipkin?

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

If you are interested in observability, then you already have a desire to collect and visualize data.

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 preconfigured data sources, adjusting the default settings where needed. You can also add other data sources, 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

For more information, see the Grafana documentation for Data sources.