Grafana 9.0 GA
June 15, 2022
9.0 features new visualizations and improvements to alerting, and the
open source version of Grafana OnCall (already available in Grafana
Cloud), a tool for on-call management. The announcement takes place
during GrafanaCONline, the virtual community event happening now through
June 17, 2022, where over 15,000+ registered attendees will hear from
Grafana users at Dish Network, Cisco, KCB Bank of Uganda, Optum, and
Visual query builders for Prometheus and Grafana Loki: For new users of the popular data sources Prometheus and Grafana Loki, writing and understanding queries can be hard. The visual query builders for these data sources lower the barrier to entry, so anyone can compose, understand, and learn how to use the underlying query languages.
Dashboard previews and title search: The previews provide an overview of all available dashboards and help you quickly identify the dashboard you need. You can also opt in to a new feature that allows you to search for terms in dashboard and panel titles.
New navigation bar features: Expand the navigation bar for a better overview of Grafana’s features and your installed integrations. You can opt in to access your starred dashboards directly from the navigation bar.
Modernized heatmap panel: The new and improved heatmap panel is multiple orders of magnitude faster than its predecessor, and is capable of rendering multiple time series with thousands of data points each. Additionally, it introduces support for exemplars (traces) overlay and Prometheus sparse histograms.
Alerting improvements: In Grafana 8.0, an overhauled alerting system was introduced as an opt-in feature. The new system unified Prometheus alerting and Grafana alerting in the same user interface for viewing and editing, and provided a common experience for all Grafana users across open source, Enterprise, and Cloud. This alerting system is now the default in 9.0, and with that change comes considerable improvements to UX and documentation.
Envelope encryption as default: Grafana now offers by default envelope encryption for secrets in the database, adding a layer of indirection to the encryption process via a set of keys called data encryption keys (DEKs).
Grafana 9.0 is now available to both
open source and Grafana Enterprise users, and Grafana Cloud users are
getting automatically upgraded. To learn more about Grafana 9.0, read
the release blog.
OnCall was launched on Grafana Cloud late last year to enable DevOps and
site reliability engineering (SRE) teams to integrate on-call management
into their existing Grafana deployments, alerting sources, and
monitoring tools. Monitoring incident response from a central view helps
users resolve incidents faster. “Integrating on-call scheduling and
paging into Grafana is a really exciting move by Grafana Labs,” said
Nathan Bellowe, Staff Software Engineer at The Trade Desk. “Getting
on-call notifications and paging integrated closer to the dashboards and
data that help developers diagnose and resolve issues will greatly
improve on-call workflows. From an administrative standpoint there is
also a lot of promise — managing complicated on-call scheduling with
different time zones, teams, and systems can quickly become
overwhelming. The flexible scheduling integrations with other systems,
along with a standalone scheduler, could be extremely useful.”