Grafana EMEA Virtual Meetup December 2021

Join us virtually for a special Central European Time Grafana meetup! Learn what the community is up to, get expert tips from the Grafana Labs and k6 teams, participate in live Q&A, and get to know other Grafana users. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win some Grafana swag.


8 December 2021 18:30 CET


  • “Look mum, no wires! Monitoring houseplants on Grafana Cloud" with Gio Ricci
  • “Monitoring microservices on AWS” with Sara Gerion
  • “Best practices in kubernetes logging with Loki” with Cyril Tovena & Periklis Tsirakidis
  • “Writing (load) tests with GitHub Copilot” with Yusuf Tayman
  • Networking chats & swag giveaways


“Look mum, no wires! Monitoring houseplants on Grafana Cloud"

Monitoring your plants doesn’t need to come with a lot of wires or cost a lot of money. We’ll use the free Grafana Cloud plan to set up a monitoring system for our plants and learn (a bit) how Bluetooth Low Energy works.

Presented by:

Giordano Ricci

Giordano Ricci, Software Engineer at Grafana Labs

Giordano Ricci (@Elfo404) is a Software Engineer at Grafana Labs.

“Monitoring microservices on AWS”

The ability to easily understand how your system is behaving and quickly identify the root cause of a downtime is an important aspect to take into account when building and monitoring microservices in the cloud. In this session I will show some examples of which kind of information and data points can be utilised and displayed in your Amazon Managed Grafana dashboards to better assess the health of your microservice.

Presented by:

Sara Gerion

Sara Gerion, Senior Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services

Sara Gerion (@sarutule) is a Senior Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS), with a background in backend and cloud development. She is passionate about scalability, observability, and resilience in the cloud.

“Best practices in kubernetes logging with Loki”

This talk will present a set of best practices to leverage aggregated logging on Kubernetes clusters with Loki. It will showcase scenarios where Kubernetes logs can be utilized to understand the state of the control plane as well as infrastructure components. In addition it will showcase how to configure/tune log ingestion to maximize the filter capabilities on Loki. This talk will inform on the power of Kubernetes logs when utilized with Loki to proactively inform and alert administrators on critical cluster situations.

In detail, this talk will demonstrate a collection of LogQL queries and a dashboard for everyday use on inspecting Kubernetes clusters. Moreover the audience will be provided with a simple demo repository to extend and adapt to their Kubernetes usage scenarios.

Presented by:

Cyril Tovenan

Cyril Tovenan, Software Engineer at Grafana Labs

Cyril Tovena (@Kuqd) is a Software Engineer at Grafana Labs, working on Loki, and a LogQL wizard. Cyril is based in France.

Periklis Tsirakidis

Periklis Tsirakidis, Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat

Periklis Tsirakidis (@theperiklis) is a Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat, and is based in Munich, Germany.

“Writing (load) tests with GitHub Copilot”

GitHub Copilot can suggest whole lines of code or entire functions right inside your editor. Trained on billions of lines of public code, GitHub Copilot puts the knowledge you need at your fingertips, saving you time. The technical preview works especially well for the more commonly used frameworks, like JavaScript - which is what you use to write scenarios in k6. Let’s try and script our load tests with this “AI programmer”.

Presented by:

Yusuf Tayman

Yusuf Tayman, Senior Software QA Engineer at OpenPayd

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