Grafana and Metrics for Monitoring

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What is Grafana?

Grafana is a database analysis and monitoring tool. It allows you to create dashboard visualizations of key metrics that are important to you. Grafana is a substitute for people who share reusable dashboards.

Grafana supports a huge number of sources of data. Since this tool is open source, when any new data has been received. Someone who is observing, is adding support for it. The most common use case of Grafana is displaying time-series data where you can find the logs for time for your file or data, such as memory or CPU over time, alongside the current usage data.

Grafana helps you identify and monitor performance issues by giving you the tools you need to analyze and see your database manually in graph format. Not only does it is helping to solve analysis problems, but it also creates visuals for you to observe your work and helps in becoming proactive with your maintenance by using alerts. Grafana is open source, compatible with a wide range of databases, and has a creative community.

Grafana is not just for when you have performance issues. You can set up alerts anytime to notify you, When a value reaches a threshold, and when it could fail, as it will be shown in the graph to make you monitor your performance issues. The dashboard looks so good that you’ll soon be putting monitors with all your dashboards up all over the office. It can become an obsession!

What is Metrics?

Metrics let you know the amount of something that exists. For example, how much memory a PC framework has accessible or the number of centimeters long a work area is. In Grafana, metrics are a helpful thing, when they are recorded more than once, over the long run. This licenses us to analyze things like what running a program means for the accessibility of framework assets.

Metrics are stored in a time-series database (TSDB), like Prometheus, by recording a metric and pairing that entry with a time stamp. Each TSDB uses a slightly different data model, but all combine these two aspects and Grafana Cloud can accept their different metrics formats for visualization.

Grafana Can Display All Your Data in Whatever Format Works Best.


This blog is only a simple approach for learning purposes. It will be used in plenty of useful places. As we are learning to create visual graphs for monitoring our data. So, I would say, keep searching Grafana and keep learning as it has a very good scope in the field of analysis. That’s all basic I have in my mind as of now, related to the topic.

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Rituraj Khare is a Software Consultant at Knoldus Software LLP. An avid Scala programmer and Big Data engineer, he has experience with the tech stack such as - Scala| Spark| Kafka| Python| Unit testing| Git| Jenkins| Grafana.