Grafana is one of the most popular open-source solutions for data analytics due to its proficiency in visualisation, querying and alert creation on both metrics and logs.

Grafana is not only home to an intuitive UI but it is also feature-rich and can be configured to display metrics from a range of databases. Grafana is also known for it‘s flexibility. Grafana is a favourite tool of engineers that don‘t wish to waste time on ineffective or overly complex data analysis platforms.

If you are looking for an Open source metrics as a service dashboard then look no further than Grafana for fulfilling your metrics reporting needs.

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What is Grafana?

Grafana is an open-source interactive data visualization tool that is used to build reports for displaying both logs and metrics in an easy to understand format.

Grafana allows you to use a variety of charts, graphs, and tables in order to make your data easier to process visually so that you can share reports for cross-team collaboration and with key stakeholders.

Grafana is often used together with Graphite, InfluxDB, Prometheus, and Elasticsearch due to their complementary attributes that further enhance Grafana when used alongside the application.

Grafana originally began life as a fork of Kibana 3 as its creators required a better way of offering to support metrics and log monitoring as the current edition of Kibana at the time offered only limited support for this.

Grafana has now taken over Kibana in popularity which can be seen on a tool such as Google Trends where at its highest point globally, Grafana was around twice as popular as Kibana.

What is Grafana used for?

Grafana is used for a wide variety of log and metrics reporting use cases and has a highly active community of users who often share dashboard templates and the best creative dashboard examples in galleries around the web.

Grafana can easily process data sourced from an extensive range of integrations, containers and services which makes it highly suitable for a wide range of tasks that involve log and metrics data.

We’ve aggregated a selection of some of the best use cases below for your reference so that you can be inspired to get started with using Grafana to solve your common data analysis problems:

  • Kong monitoring
  • Server monitoring
  • Docker monitoring
  • Homelab monitoring
  • Container Monitoring
  • Performance testing
  • Kubernetes monitoring
  • Monitoring ISP latency
  • SSL certificate tracking
  • Windows host monitoring
  • Spark streaming monitoring
  • Continuous integration monitoring
  • Monitoring spring boot microservices
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    Even though the capabilities of Grafana are highly useful, the setup and ongoing configuration required to maintain Grafana can be tedious for even the most experienced engineers.

    Logit.io's managed service for Grafana allows you to get started with using all of the best features of Grafana without any tedious setup, hosting or installation on your machine.

    By using Logit.io, you can now launch managed Grafana side by side with Kibana as a Service and simultaneously explore the latest and greatest features of Open Search all within minutes of creating your Logit.io account.

    Make light work of all of your unstructured and semi-structured log and metrics data with the Logit.io platform. Our platform is built to support your business’s ecosystem, improve cross-team collaboration and overall observability.

    Logit.io is used globally by IT leaders, developers & DevOps engineers alike to resolve errors, pinpoint breaches and rapidly cut down the time to resolution (TTR) for organisations like Nikon, YourEDI, Uizard and IBM.

    Eliminate time spent on maintenance of Grafana infrastructure and get back to what matters, improving the health and performance of your systems, applications and software by using Logit.io managed Grafana.

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