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Grafana Labs observability platform set to grow

Data resides in many different places and getting observability of data is a key challenge for many database managers and other data professionals.

Among the most popular technologies for data observability is the open source Grafana project, which is led by commercial open source database vendor Grafana Labs. The company leads multiple open source projects and also sells enterprise-grade products and services that enable a full data observability platform.

On Oct. 24, Grafana Labs marked the next major phase of the vendor’s evolution, raising $24 million in a Series A round of funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Lead Edge Capital. The new money will help the vendor grow beyond its roots to address a wider range of data use cases, according to the company.

In this Q&A, Raj Dutt, co-founder and CEO, discusses the intersection of open source and enterprise software and where Grafana is headed.

Why are you now raising a Series A?

Raj Dutt: We just celebrated our five-year anniversary earlier this month and we’ve built a sustainable company that was running at cashflow breakeven.

So the reason why we’ve raised funding is because we think we’ve proven phase one of our business model and our platform. Now we’re basically accelerating that to go well beyond Grafana Labs itself into a full stack, composable observability platform. So it’s mainly around accelerating what we’re doing in the observability ecosystem.

We’re thinking about building this open and composable observability stack with the larger ecosystem that doesn’t just include our own open source projects. You may know us obviously as the company behind Grafana, but we’re actually the company behind Loki, which is another very interesting, very popular open source project. But we also participate in other projects that we don’t necessarily own. We are one of the driving forces behind the Prometheus project and we are actively involved in the Graphite project

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Grafana itself has a history since it was started of being database-neutral. So today, we’re interoperating natively and in real time with 42 different data sources. We’re all about bringing your data together, no matter where it lives.

While Grafana Labs as a company works with a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) project such as Prometheus, have you considered contributing Grafana to the CNCF, or another open source organization?

Dutt: Not really, I said we work with some CNCF projects like Prometheus, but there’s no desire on our part to put our own projects such as Grafana or Loki into the CNCF.

We are an open source observability company and this is our core competency and our  core brand. Part of our strategy for delivering differentiated solutions to our customers involves being more in control of our own destiny, so to speak.

We very much believe in the power of the community. We do have a pretty active community, though certainly more than 50 percent of the work is done by Grafana Labs. We have a habit of always hiring the top contributors within the community, which is how we scale our engineering team.

If you look at the Grafana plugin ecosystem, of which there are close to 100-plus plugins, the majority of those have been contributed by the community and not developed by Grafana Labs.

What are your plans for the next major release with Grafana 7?

Dutt: Grafana 7 is slated for 2020. We’ve generally done a major release of Grafana every year that normally coincides with our annual Grafana user conference, which next year will be coming back to Amsterdam.

The major theme for Grafana 7 is really about it becoming more of a developer platform for people to build use case specific experiences with and also going beyond metrics into logging and tracing. So we’re really building this full observability stack and that is our 2020 product vision.

We think that the three pillars of observability are logging, metrics and traces, but it’s really about how you bring that data together and contextualize it in a seamless experience and that’s what we can do with Grafana at the center of this platform.

We can give people the choice to continue to use, say, Splunk for logging, Datadog for metrics, or New Relic for APM (application performance management), while not requiring them to store all their data in one database. We think it is a really compelling option to customers to give them the choice and flexibility to use best-of-breed open source software without locking them in.

What is the intersection between open source and enterprise software for Grafana Labs?

Dutt: With Grafana Enterprise, we take the open source version and we add certain capabilities and integrations to it. So we take Grafana, the open source version, and we add data sources, and we combine it with 24/7 support. We also add features generally around authentication and security clients that are generally appealing to our largest users.

With Grafana Labs, the company is all about creating these truly open source projects with communities under real open source licensing, and then finding ways generally under non-open source licensing to differentiate them.

If you want to have something be open source, then make it really open source, and if it doesn’t work through a business model to make a particular thing open source, then don’t make it open source.
Raj DuttCEO, Grafana Labs

You know, if you want to have something be open source, then make it really open source, and if it doesn’t work through a business model to make a particular thing open source, then don’t make it open source.

So our view is we have a lot of open source software, which is truly open source, meaning under a real open source license like Apache, and we also have our enterprise offerings that are not open.

We consider ourselves an open source company, because it’s in our DNA, but we really don’t want to play games with a lot of these newfangled open source licenses that you’re seeing proliferate.

How is Grafana being used today for data management and analytics use cases?

Dutt: We have gone from seeing Grafana demand driven primarily from the development teams and the operations team. What’s happened recently is, particularly with the support of things like SQL data sources as well as support for things like BigQuery and other data sources, we’ve seen a lot of business users and business metrics being brought into Grafana very organically.

So we’re at this interesting intersection now where we’re being pushed into business analytics by our developer centric customers and users. But we don’t claim to compete head on with say, you know, Tableau or Power BI. We don’t consider ourselves a BI company, but the open source Grafana project is definitely being pulled in that direction by its user base.

The Grafana project itself has always been use case agnostic. There’s nothing in Grafana that is specific to IT, cloud native or anything like that, and that has been a deliberate decision. We’re kind of excited to see where the community organically takes us.

This interview has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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For Sale – HTCP / GAMING COMPUTER- i5 3570, 16GB RAM, RX560 4GB

IT’S TIME TO PART WITH MY HTPC/GAMING PC, IT’S JUST NOT GETTING USED

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RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2 X 8GB) CORSAIR 1600MHZ
GPU: MSI AeroITX RX560 4GB
PSU: TAGAN TG480-U01 480W
STORAGE: 80GB INTEL SSD (CAN UPGRADE TO 240GB SSD FOR EXTRA £15)
HAS A BRU RAY DISC DRIVE, PLUS A MULTICARD READER


NOT THE LATEST, BUT VERY CAPABLE MACHINE, HAVE BEEN PLAYING WORLD WAR Z RECENTLY, RUNS IT FLAWLESSLY

I AM WANTING £240 COLLECTED, WILL THROW IN A TV CARD WITH REMOTE ALSO

NOT LOOKING TO SPLIT

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For Sale – HTCP / GAMING COMPUTER- i5 3570, 16GB RAM, RX560 4GB

IT’S TIME TO PART WITH MY HTPC/GAMING PC, IT’S JUST NOT GETTING USED

CONSISTS ON FOLLOWING PARTS:
CASE: LIAN LI PC-A01
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H
CPU: i5 3570 QUADCORE (3.8GHZ)
RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2 X 8GB) CORSAIR 1600MHZ
GPU: MSI AeroITX RX560 4GB
PSU: TAGAN TG480-U01 480W
STORAGE: 80GB INTEL SSD (CAN UPGRADE TO 240GB SSD FOR EXTRA £15)
HAS A BRU RAY DISC DRIVE, PLUS A MULTICARD READER


NOT THE LATEST, BUT VERY CAPABLE MACHINE, HAVE BEEN PLAYING WORLD WAR Z RECENTLY, RUNS IT FLAWLESSLY

I AM WANTING £240 COLLECTED, WILL THROW IN A TV CARD WITH REMOTE ALSO

NOT LOOKING TO SPLIT

Price and currency: 240
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For Sale – HTCP / GAMING COMPUTER- i5 3570, 16GB RAM, RX560 4GB

IT’S TIME TO PART WITH MY HTPC/GAMING PC, IT’S JUST NOT GETTING USED

CONSISTS ON FOLLOWING PARTS:
CASE: LIAN LI PC-A01
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H
CPU: i5 3570 QUADCORE (3.8GHZ)
RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2 X 8GB) CORSAIR 1600MHZ
GPU: MSI AeroITX RX560 4GB
PSU: TAGAN TG480-U01 480W
STORAGE: 80GB INTEL SSD (CAN UPGRADE TO 240GB SSD FOR EXTRA £15)
HAS A BRU RAY DISC DRIVE, PLUS A MULTICARD READER


NOT THE LATEST, BUT VERY CAPABLE MACHINE, HAVE BEEN PLAYING WORLD WAR Z RECENTLY, RUNS IT FLAWLESSLY

I AM WANTING £240 COLLECTED, WILL THROW IN A TV CARD WITH REMOTE ALSO

NOT LOOKING TO SPLIT

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For Sale – Mac Pro (2008)

Getting rid of some “pre-loved” stock as company is provided renewed some hardware for me. I’ll get more detailed specifications up here once back in office, but for now, this is advertised to make space.

Mac Pro (2008) (8-core) 3,1
32GB RAM (fully populated) DDR2 667MHz
ATI 5770 graphics card (original 2600XT also provided)
Non-wireless (but I have a wifi/BT card lying around, purchased off the “bay” but not plugged in or tested)
HDD for testing but not provided (you will prefer to add in a SSD plus modern drives of your own). All 4 bay brackets present.

Slightly dusty but well cared for. No box, etc. hence must be collected after shown working state.

Some people out there are able to convert it (with considerable effort) to run the recent OSes but YMMV.

Thanks for looking.

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For Sale – Mac Pro (2008)

Getting rid of some “pre-loved” stock as company is provided renewed some hardware for me. I’ll get more detailed specifications up here once back in office, but for now, this is advertised to make space.

Mac Pro (2008) (8-core) 3,1
32GB RAM (fully populated) DDR2 667MHz
ATI 5770 graphics card (original 2600XT also provided)
Non-wireless (but I have a wifi/BT card lying around, purchased off the “bay” but not plugged in or tested)
HDD for testing but not provided (you will prefer to add in a SSD plus modern drives of your own). All 4 bay brackets present.

Slightly dusty but well cared for. No box, etc. hence must be collected after shown working state.

Some people out there are able to convert it (with considerable effort) to run the recent OSes but YMMV.

Thanks for looking.

Price and currency: 100
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash
Location: Cambridge
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – HTCP / GAMING COMPUTER- i5 3570, 16GB RAM, RX560 4GB

IT’S TIME TO PART WITH MY HTPC/GAMING PC, IT’S JUST NOT GETTING USED

CONSISTS ON FOLLOWING PARTS:
CASE: LIAN LI PC-A01
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H
CPU: i5 3570 QUADCORE (3.8GHZ)
RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2 X 8GB) CORSAIR 1600MHZ
GPU: MSI AeroITX RX560 4GB
PSU: TAGAN TG480-U01 480W
STORAGE: 80GB INTEL SSD (CAN UPGRADE TO 240GB SSD FOR EXTRA £15)
HAS A BRU RAY DISC DRIVE, PLUS A MULTICARD READER


NOT THE LATEST, BUT VERY CAPABLE MACHINE, HAVE BEEN PLAYING WORLD WAR Z RECENTLY, RUNS IT FLAWLESSLY

I AM WANTING £240 COLLECTED, WILL THROW IN A TV CARD WITH REMOTE ALSO

NOT LOOKING TO SPLIT

Price and currency: 240
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: cash on collection
Location: DEWSBURY
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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MINECON Live co-hosts revealed

Got any plans on September 28th? Meeting friends? Getting married? Watching paint dry? Well, CANCEL THEM ALL (unless it’s the marriage one) because September 28th is the date of MINECON Live, our epic livestream celebration of all things Minecraft! It’ll be easy to stream  LIVE all over the world, including at that aforementioned wedding. Don’t forget to scowl at anyone who objects and to tell the bride and groom to keep the volume down with those vows — you’re trying to enjoy all the new Minecraft announcements.

This handy page has loads of info about MINECON Live, but the page you’re currently on is no MINECON Live dunce either. Because today, we’re revealing the co-hosts, for the very first time! (Unless you follow us on Twitter!). Let’s meet the fabulous foursome who’ll be co-hosting with Lydia Winters:

MASUO

Japanese Influencer and a strong contender for ‘smiliest man ever filmed’, Masuo will be co-hosting MINECON Live! But what’s his favourite skill in Minecraft? What block would he like to see added to the game? What’s the meaning of life? Watch Masuo answer two-thirds of those questions in the video below!

MARIELITAI

The clear winner of ‘Most Misspelt Co-Host Name In Early Drafts of This Article’, Marielitai is our next fantastic co-host! But what makes her angry when playing Minecraft? Her name being constantly misspelt by me, the most hopeless ‘writer’ the internet has ever seen? Hopefully not, let’s watch the video below and find out:

SHUBBLE

Pop Quiz: Who’s the MINECON Live co-host whose name rhymes with ‘bubble’? That’s right, it’s Lydia Winters, horribly mispronounced! I mean, Shubble! But what’s her proudest Minecraft moment? How is she preparing to co-host MINECON Live? By training with an Olympic athlete for 11 months, eating nothing but raw eggs and protein shakes, and putting their body through physical hell until it’s capable of doing 6000 press-ups a minute? Oh, wait, no, that’s how Jens is preparing.  

Let’s meet Shubble in the below video!

DANGTHATSALONGNAME

More like, dangthatsagreatcohostannouncement! Amirite? Yes. Unlike spellchecking software, we’re huge fans of Dangthasalongname, our fourth and final MINECON Live co-host! But what hidden talents does he possess? Let’s ask him in the video below!

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For Sale – HTCP / GAMING COMPUTER- i5 3570, 16GB RAM, RX560 4GB

IT’S TIME TO PART WITH MY HTPC/GAMING PC, IT’S JUST NOT GETTING USED

CONSISTS ON FOLLOWING PARTS:
CASE: LIAN LI PC-A01
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H
CPU: i5 3570 QUADCORE (3.8GHZ)
RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2 X 8GB) CORSAIR 1600MHZ
GPU: MSI AeroITX RX560 4GB
PSU: TAGAN TG480-U01 480W
STORAGE: 80GB INTEL SSD (CAN UPGRADE TO 240GB SSD FOR EXTRA £15)
HAS A BRU RAY DISC DRIVE, PLUS A MULTICARD READER


NOT THE LATEST, BUT VERY CAPABLE MACHINE, HAVE BEEN PLAYING WORLD WAR Z RECENTLY, RUNS IT FLAWLESSLY

I AM WANTING £240 COLLECTED, WILL THROW IN A TV CARD WITH REMOTE ALSO

NOT LOOKING TO SPLIT

Price and currency: 240
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: cash on collection
Location: DEWSBURY
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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How to Provide PaaS Services with Azure Stack

On this post, we’re going to be getting into some talk about PaaS with Azure Stack, but before we get into that, let’s see where we’ve been thus far!

Our Microsoft Azure Stack Series So Far

  1. An Introduction to the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Concept and Azure Stack
  2. How to Install the Azure Stack Development Toolkit (ASDK)
  3. The Ultimate Azure Stack Post-Installation Checklist
  4. How to Provide IaaS Images with Azure Stack

What is PaaS (Platform as a Service)

Now that we’re diving deeper into cloud technologies, we can easily recognize that Infrastructure as a Service is not the best use-case for getting the most out of Azure Stack. With what we’ve covered so far, Azure Stack can really be seen as just more VM technology behind Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). But Platform as a Service can really bring a more dynamic and elasticity capabilities to services running in your cloud. There is no need to manage the underlying infrastructure and is highly available by default in general.

What is PaaS

Azure Stack PaaS is a special flavor because as of today the currently existing resource providers rely upon linking to an existing environment that could either be part of Azure Stack (if we talk about virtual machines that are responsible for the PaaS service itself) or a physical environment that sits outside of Azure Stack.

If you create a database “as a service” in Azure Stack, it will be deployed on this environment and you should take care to manage and back up the PaaS associated VMs themselves. They are not auto-deployed and self-managed like in Azure Public. So while they ARE providing PaaS services to those people and workloads connecting to them, you still need to manage them.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the PaaS solutions are not part of the default Azure Stack setup that is being deployed from the Hardware vendor (Remember that a true Azure Stack deployment will be handled by the hardware vendor), it is optional and needs to be ordered via separate SKUs.

PaaS Solutions in Azure Stack

Azure Stack as of today comes with the following PaaS solutions:

  1. Microsoft SQL Server
  2. MySQL Server
  3. App Services

If you deploy them using the Script from Matt McSpirit, they are part of the deployment by default. Please have in mind that the MS SQL and the MySQL resource providers have completely different APIs than the Azure ones. This means that your automation scripts behave completely different and consistency may be an issue currently.

Microsoft SQL Server on Azure Stack

Resource provider for Microsoft SQL

As you can see, the underlying SQL Server infrastructure is a set of SQL Servers (up to release 2017) on Windows Server or even on Linux (if you’d like) for placement of you PaaS databases.

The deployment itself is being done using the DeploySqlProvider.ps1 script (from the resource provider link above), that performs the following tasks:

  • Certificate and artifact upload to the Azure Stack storage account
  • Publishing gallery items to be able to deploy SQL using the gallery
  • Deploying the SQL resource provider VM which is a Windows Server 2016 core based one
  • Registers a local DNS record that maps to your resource provider VM.
  • Registers your resource provider with the local Azure Resource Manager for the operator account.

NOTE: Please keep in mind, that the registration of the SQL Server resource provider may take up to 75 min on the Azure Stack environment.

To double check if the deployment finished properly you should check this in the .system..sqladapter resource group in your Azure Stack Amin Portal:

Microsoft SQL Server on Azure Stack

Finally, we will need to connect to the existing SQL Server environment (so-called hosting servers) to define the location for the created databases via this resource provider. Basically, we’ll be telling Azure Stack where to put new Databases when Azure Stack users request a new one!

Microsoft SQL Server on Azure Stack 2

You will find the entry for the SQL Hosting Servers under administrative resources and add new server environments:

Microsoft SQL Server on Azure Stack

Fill out the form as shown above.

After having created the corresponding SKUs, it may take up to 30 min to recognize and be able to use them in a proper manner in the environment.

You should now be able to create a first PaaS database using the wizard in the Azure Stack!

MySQL on Azure Stack

The resource provider for MySQL is available in its most recent version here:

If you have a look into the deployment guide, you will shortly recognize that the deployment steps are quite like what we went through above for the Microsoft SQL Server resource provider. The name of the script meanwhile changed a little bit to DeployMySqlProvider.ps1 and even the deployment steps are the same.

Most of you know MySQL as a database environment sitting on a Linux operating system. This is where the resource provider is somehow different as it relies on Windows Server-based MySQL resources.

After having deployed the resource provider you could simply add the MySQL hosting server, define the SKUs and deploy the first databases on your MySQL server environment just like we showed for Microsoft SQL above.

App Services on Azure Stack

The App Services resource provider is one which should be quite familiar with what you may already know from public Azure.

The options with the App Services resource provider are:

  1. Web Apps
  2. Mobile Apps
  3. Function Apps

Therefore, the use-cases are a bit broader compared to the SQL options mention thus far.

Looking into the deployment guide, the setup is more GUI based and quite simple. You can run the deployment using the appservice.exe installer that collects all requirements and lets you define the required parameters before starting the installation itself.

The requirements besides a few basic parameters are:

  • Microsoft SQL Database (e.g. via the MS SQL resource provider)
  • Windows File Server

After the installation has finished, the appropriate resources will show up in the portal.

App Services on Azure Stack

Having this done, the resource provider for App Services is up and running and can be used in your environment.

PaaS Use Cases on Azure Stack

After having installed all available resource providers for Azure Stack, you will be able to provide these services to your tenants using Plans and Offers. They are now able to deploy e.g. a WebApp as their services frontend with a SQL server-based backend.

Looking into hybrid cloud environments using Azure and Azure Stack, one part of the solution architecture may reside on Azure Stack (e.g. database) and the frontend on public Azure to be nearer to the customer itself or vice versa depending on the solution requirements. The only requirement would be again to have networking connectivity between both environments.

One other thing to note, regarding the Azure Stack Update cycles, you should have in mind that Azure Stack updates do not include updates for PaaS solutions. These need to be done manually and based on their availability. As the last months showed, the updates always included new features. So, I would say it is mandatory to follow the cycle. Regarding the update tasks, see the corresponding resource provider download as mentioned in this article. They should include a description and will show you how the update has to take place.

Wrap-Up

How are you liking Azure Stack so far? Have you found it easy to use? Difficult? Have you run into anything not covered yet in this series? We’d love to know in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading!

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Author: Markus Klein