Grafana is an open-source, general purpose dashboard and graph composer, which runs as a web application.
You can monitor Azure services and applications from Grafana using the Azure Monitor data source plugin. The plugin gathers application performance data collected by the Application Insights SDK as well as infrastructure data provided by Azure Monitor. You can then display this data on your Grafana dashboard.
Grafana uses an Azure Active Directory service principal to connect to Azure Monitor APIs and collect metrics data. You must create a service principal to manage access to your Azure resources.
Grafana provides more visualization options than the Azure Portal. It also supports multiple data sources. One can combine data from multiple sources in a single dashboard. Grafana is designed for analyzing and visualizing metrics such as system CPU, memory, disk and I/O utilization. Users can create comprehensive charts with smart axis formats (such as lines and points) as a result of Grafana’s fast, client-side rendering — even over long ranges of time.
Grafana dashboards are what made Grafana such a popular visualization tool. Visualizations in Grafana are called panels, and users can create a dashboard containing panels for different data sources. Grafana supports graph, singlestat, table, heatmap and freetext panel types. Grafana users can make use of a large ecosystem of ready-made dashboards for different data types and sources. Grafana has no time series storage support. Grafana is only a visualization solution. Time series storage is not part of its core functionality.
Some of the features of Grafana are as follows
Some of the requirements of Grafana are described below.
Azure Monitor is the platform service that provides a single source for monitoring Azure resources. The Azure Monitor Data Source plugin supports Azure Monitor, Azure Log Analytics and Application Insights metrics in Grafana.
Azure Monitor for VMs provides an in-depth view of VM health, performance trends, and dependencies. Azure Monitor for VMs includes a set of performance charts that target several key performance indicators (KPIs) to help you determine how well a virtual machine is performing. Azure Monitor for VMs is focused on the operating system as manifested through the processor, memory, network adapters, and disks.
Azure dashboards allow you to combine different kinds of data, including both metrics and logs, into a single pane in the Azure portal. You can optionally share the dashboard with other Azure users. Elements throughout Azure Monitor can be added to an Azure dashboard in addition to the output of any log query or metrics chart. Azure Monitor is single source for monitoring azure resources. Its Azure’s time series database for all azure metrics.
Some of the important aspects of Azure Dashboard
Some of the features of Azure Dashboard are as follows
Azure Dashboards (VM insights/ Container Insights)
Azure Dashboards – Metrics
Comparison between Grafana and Azure Dashboard is shown below.
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