Cortex

The Cortex project was started by Tom Wilkie and Julius Volz in June 2016, joining the CNCF Sandbox in Sept 2018. Cortex lets users to query metrics from many Prometheus servers in a single place, without any gaps in the graphs due to server failure. Cortex also allows users to store Prometheus metrics for long term capacity planning and performance analysis.

Grafana Labs uses Cortex to power our Hosted Prometheus backend for Grafana Cloud. Our contributions to Cortex include massive query performance gains, a horizontally scalable alerting and rule evaluation service and backends for Google Bigtable and Google Cloud Storage. With over three years of experience running Cortex in production, Grafana Cloud offers a stable and reliable platform for all your Prometheus metrics.

Grafana Labs is proud to support the development of the Cortex project by employing Cortex maintainers, building first-class support for Cortex and Prometheus into Grafana, and ensuring Grafana Labs customers receive Cortex support and features they need.

Contributors

Jacob Lisi

Jacob Lisi

Software Engineer

Marco Pracucci

Marco Pracucci

Software Engineer

Peter Štibraný

Peter Štibraný

Software Engineer

Callum Styan

Callum Styan

Software Engineer

Goutham Veeramachaneni

Goutham Veeramachaneni

Software Engineer

Ganesh Vernekar

Ganesh Vernekar

Software Engineer

Tom Wilkie

Tom Wilkie

VP, Product

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Products and Services

Grafana Cloud

Grafana Cloud: Hosted Prometheus

  • Use our high-performance, Prometheus-compatible hosted metrics service to easily and efficiently store metrics for your entire organization.
  • Durably store metrics for 13 months for historical analysis.
  • No commitments: Pay for only what you use with our usage-based pricing.

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Grafana Enterprise

Enterprise Support for Cortex

  • Get support and training from Cortex maintainers and experts.
  • 24x7x365 coverage from our geographically distributed team.
  • Per-node pricing scales with your deployment.

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Related Case Studies

Hiya migrated to Grafana Cloud to cut costs and gain control over its metrics

To scale Prometheus, says Senior Software Engineer Jake Utley, Grafana Cloud was ‘the most in line with what we wanted to accomplish.’

"We wanted the ability to look at our own information and understand it from top to bottom."
– Dan Sabath, Senior Software Engineer, Hiya

How Gojek is leveraging Cortex to keep up with its ever-growing scale

Gojek’s Lens monitoring system has 40+ tenants, for which Cortex handles about 1.2 million samples per second.

"The goal is to make sure that whenever a new service or team is created, they automatically get onboarded to the monitoring platform."
– Ankit Goel, Product Engineer, Gojek

DigitalOcean gains new insight with Grafana visualizations

The company relies on Grafana to be the consolidated data visualization and dashboard solution for sharing data.

"Grafana produces beautiful graphs we can send to our customers, works with our Chef deployment process, and is all hosted in-house."
– David Byrd, Product Manager, DigitalOcean