[PromCon Recap] Two Households, Both Alike in Dignity: Cortex and Thanos

This blog post is a writeup of the presentation Bartek Plotka and I gave at PromCon 2019. Cortex is a horizontally scalable, clustered Prometheus implementation aimed at giving users a global view of all their Prometheus metrics in one place, and providing long term storage for those metrics. Thanos is newer project aimed at solving the same challenges. In this blog post, we compare these two projects and see how it is possible to have two completely different approaches to the same problems.


Introducing Smart Dashboard with AI-Driven Anomaly Detection

Serverless community is living in a dream week with all pre-Invent announcements such as with FIFO support with SQS, runtime support for Java 11, Python 3.8, and Node.js 12. These are for sure just teasers about the big updates to be rolled out in two weeks. In the meantime, Thundra developers are also very busy with the updates that will change our definition and value proposition radically.


Loki Reaches GA with v1.0.0 Release

Today is an exciting day for Loki, as we have decided it’s time for Loki to graduate out of beta and into a 1.0.0 GA release! It’s been just about a year since we announced Loki at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America in Seattle, and in that time over 137 contributors have made more than 1,000 contributions. Here’s a look at where the project is today.


14 Kibana Plugins to Spice Up Your Data Visualizations

Kibana is a powerful visualization platform designed specifically for log management with Elasticsearch. It already provides a lot built-in, but its open-source nature obviously lends it to some pretty cool simple and complicated additions from its community of devs. Some favorites include adding certain kinds of visualizations, API attachments, better integration between Kibana and other platforms, as well simple add-ons for flair in reports.


5 Ways to Get Your Company to Buy Grafana Enterprise

In my role at Grafana Labs, I speak with a lot of engineers who feel the pain of their organizations’ lack of consolidated observability – so much so they set out to solve the problem themselves. Often, that search leads to Grafana, and after a quick exploration of what an enterprise feature or cloud solution can provide, they’ll get in touch. We work with them on data collection and help them start a trial.


ICYMI: Grafana Labs at PromCon

PromCon was held in Munich again this year, and this year was the best. I had a great time meeting lots of old friends and interacting with the amazing Prometheus community. I want to give a big shout out to Richi H for organizing the conference, and to everyone who attended for being an amazing audience! This year Grafana Labs carbon offset travel and food for the conference – but this post is not about that. Grafanistas gave 4 talks in the main track and another 6 lightning talks.


How to Stream Sensor Data with Grafana and InfluxDB

Building dashboards that show real-time streaming data and allow for interactive queries is challenging. At the recent InfluxDays conference in San Francisco, Ryan McKinley, Grafana Labs VP of Applications, discussed new approaches to integrate real-time data into Grafana dashboards. Prior to joining Grafana, McKinley worked at a renewable energy startup, Natel Energy, which builds hydropower turbines. There, he used Grafana and Influx to display an overview of how the systems were working.