Grafana Labs is releasing Grafana 7.0, introducing enhancements to simplify the development of custom plugins and increase the power, speed, and flexibility of visualization.
This latest release helps organizations realize their monitoring, visualization, and observability goals even faster, according to the vendor.
The Grafana 7.0 enhancements heavily focus on helping users and organizations across these key areas:
- (Easier to) connect and unify all data: The new Amazon CloudWatch Logs plugin joins the slate of plugins resulting from partnerships across Google (Google Cloud Monitoring (formally Stackdriver)), Microsoft (Azure Monitor), and Amazon (Amazon CloudWatch). The release includes new logs support with open source Loki and tracing inputs from Zipkin and Jaeger. New component libraries, tools, data structures, and a completely rebuilt common and unified data and plugin framework based on Apache Arrow provide consistent data structure and significantly reduce the effort required to develop plugins.
- (Much more power and control to) process and transform data: Transformations allow users to rename, summarize, combine, and perform calculations across queries and data sources. A shared set of common data operations that were previously duplicated as custom features in many panels or data sources are now an integral part of the Grafana data processing pipeline and something all data sources and panels can take advantage of. New data inspection feature lets users see, export (CSV), and drill into query execution details for faster troubleshooting.
- (Faster Ways to) visualize data… even traces: A new tracing viewer to complement the existing support for metrics and logs enables users to trace the path of a single request through a distributed system.
- Search, discover, and secure dashboards with new enterprise features: Okta and SAML team syncs. Out-of-the-box searching and dashboard reporting for usage trends to more easily identify inactive and popular dashboards. Ability to identify concurrent dashboard users for faster collaboration.
“This is truly a major release for us — not just a .0 or laundry list of features, but a fundamental, system-wide advancement,” said Torkel Ödegaard, creator of Grafana and co-founder and CGO of Grafana Labs. “With this release, users are going to experience an increase in speed to visualization, along with a host of capabilities that will give them one place, at the user level, to perform simple and complex functions and transformations on their data. Grafana is becoming an ideal tool to speed and ease data transformations and reduce the need to perform disjointed transformations through a variety of query languages outside the dashboard.”
For more information about this release, visit www.grafana.com.