Get started with Grafana Cloud
To sign up for a Grafana Cloud account follow these instructions:
- Navigate to https://grafana.com/products/cloud/.
- Click Start for free on the banner.
- Follow the instructions to finish setting up your account and access the Cloud Account Portal.
Every new free account starts with a 14-day trial to send an unlimited amount of data and users to test out the platform at scale. After the trial ends, you’ll automatically move to the free-forever plan usage limits. You can upgrade to Pro or Advanced at any point for more volume, users, and more. .
Grafana Cloud k6 is a performance-testing tool that allows you to generate load tests to catch performance issues before they enter production.
Consider using k6 when you want to:
- Perform load testing such as spike, stress, and soak tests.
- Identify browser-related issues.
- Test resiliency by simulating traffic as part of your chaos experiments.
- Automate and schedule tests with a small load to continuously validate the performance and availability of your production environment.
Monitor the health and performance of infrastructure services (such as operating systems, databases, Cloud apps) by sending data to Grafana Cloud. For example:
- Kubernetes: Monitor performance and health of your Kubernetes fleet.
- Metrics: Send metrics from Prometheus, Graphite, InfluxDB and DataDog.
- Server resource use: Monitor CPU, memory, and disk I/O.
Monitor detailed information about the performance of your applications. For example:
- Monitor user-journeys and UX related events for web applications.
- Understand the call tree of your application.
- Observe application load and response times.
Monitor public endpoints
Grafana Cloud offers Synthetic Monitoring, a black box monitoring solution that provides insights into your applications and services from probe locations worldwide.
Consider monitoring public endpoints when you want to:
- Ping endpoints that support ICMP.
- Issue HTTP and HTTPS requests for websites.
- Perform DNS checks to test domain name resolution.
- Check TCP connections.
- Create Traceroute checks for running traceroute from probes to targets.
Connect to externally-hosted data
Consolidate data from different platforms and vendors using Grafana data sources.
Consider connecting to externally-hosted data when you want to:
- Query your self-hosted Prometheus environment.
- Query your MongoDB database content to build dashboards.
- Make requests to a REST-API endpoint.
Alerts & IRM
Grafana Cloud Alerts and Incident Response & Management (IRM) is a suite of tools designed to help you detect, respond, and learn from incidents.
With Alerts and Incident Response Management, you can:
- Detect and alert when CPU usage reaches above a certain threshold.
- Notify the team on shift when an alert is triggered.
- Declare an incident and begin building a timeline of events.
- Create forecasts of predicted metric usage patterns.
- Identify and visualize service availability status.