Grafana Updates Cloud Platform
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Tuesday, 09 May 2023

Grafana Labs, creators of the Grafana open-source metrics analytics and visualization suite, has announced updates to its Grafana Cloud platform.

Grafana Cloud is a managed service with free and paid tiers. The new Adaptive Metrics feature can be used to aggregate unused and partially used time series data to lower costs. It makes use of the greater insights into metrics usage that were recently added to Grafana Cloud's Cardinality Management dashboards, which are now available in all Grafana Cloud tiers, both free and paid. The metrics are based on the open source project Grafana Mimir.


The main improvement to the Cardinality Management dashboards are better handling of high cardinality metrics, to help distinguish between metrics that are being used and metrics that are unused or partially used. (With partially used metrics, only a subset of the metric's labels are used.) The ability to identify high cardinality metrics that are unused can be used to work out how to reduce metrics spend. The Cardinality Management dashboards were introduced last year to Grafana Cloud Pro and Advanced customers, but now are generally available to all Grafana Cloud users, including those on the Grafana Cloud Free tier.

The Adaptive Metrics aggregation engine transforms unused metrics into lower cardinality versions of themselves at ingestion. Unused or partially used labels are stripped from incoming metrics, reducing the total count of time series persisted and cutting data costs.

Adaptive Metrics recommends aggregations based on an organization's historic usage patterns, and users can choose which aggregation rules to apply. Dashboards, alerts, and historic queries are guaranteed to continue to work as they did before aggregation, with no rewrites needed.

Based on results reported by early users, Grafana Cloud Adaptive Metrics can eliminate an estimated 20-50% of an organization's time series with no perceived impact on their ability to observe their systems.

Grafana Cloud Adaptive Metrics is now available in a public access program for all Grafana Cloud tiers. Sign up for access here


More Information

Grafana Website

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