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Application Observability Data Collector

Applications may send telemetry data directly to the Grafana Cloud OTLP gateway, but it is recommended to run a Grafana Agent or OpenTelemetry Collector for several reasons:

  1. Reliability: The Agent and Collector buffer data during issues with the remote endpoint, ensuring transmission after recovery. Without the Agent, data loss occurs.
  2. Cost control: The Agent aggregates and drops telemetry data as necessary. This process allows for the forwarding of only relevant data, reducing costs.
  3. Flexibility: Using an Agent simplifies changes to the telemetry destination. Users update the Agent configuration rather than restarting applications, which is necessary for direct OTLP writing.

Two options exist: Grafana Agent or the OpenTelemetry Collector. Both work with Application Observability, but Grafana support only extends to Grafana Agent.

Grafana Agent

Consult the Grafana Agent documentation for the recommended and supported way to send telemetry data for infrastructure and applications to Grafana Cloud.

OpenTelemetry Collector

Alternatively, consult the Grafana OpenTelemetry Collector documentation to use the community supported OpenTelemetry Collector to send telemetry data to Grafana Cloud.