New Years Resolution : Stop Self Hosting Graphite

Obvious fact alert: New Year’s Resolutions don’t work for anyone (this lifehack clickbait has five reasons why). They especially don’t work for companies because if the resolution was really that important you probably would have taken it on already. The January-specific orbital tilt of the earth won’t make you especially free to take new stuff…

New webhook sources

We’ve just launched some new webhooks available to Hosted Graphite. These services allow you to create new events in your Grafana Dashboard when something interesting (or worrying…) happens. Hosted Graphite webhook integrations are available under the “Data sources” tab. Continuous Integration services Create events when your builds run: flag successful or failed builds. CircleCI  Codeship  Website…

Multiple AWS accounts and Google Auth / AzureAD Login now supported!

AWS Cloudwatch Our AWS Cloudwatch metrics integration has been given a feature facelift – now you can add multiple AWS Cloudwatch accounts to your Hosted Graphite account and pull metrics from all of them! Once your accounts are added you can also describe what data you want to pull – you have the option to…

Grafana 2.1

We’re pleased to announce that we have upgraded to the latest version of Grafana (2.1).  Building upon the UI changes, new features and structural changes introduced in Grafana 2.0, Grafana 2.1 brings with it a number of small changes which will help you to get even more out of your dashboards. Features such as multi-valued…

Uptime monitoring with Pingdom and Hosted Graphite

When we ask our customers what they use to track the uptime (or more importantly downtime) of their sites, Pingdom is typically the answer. As part of an integrated monitoring philosophy, it’s essential that your internal monitoring process can also relate to external checks – combining multiple sources of information gives you a clear picture…

StatsD Noise reduction!

If you like metrics (and we do!) StatsD is a fantastic way to get a wide variety of statistical views of your data, as well as providing the very useful ability to sample your data instead of firing giant streams out over the intertubes. It’s also got wide language support and there are dozens of…

Annotations and Events

We’re pleased to announce our Annotations feature.  Annotations allow you to record intermittent happenings in your infrastructure – for example deploying a new build to your servers, marking when that long-running reporting task completes, or flagging that nasty outage you just fixed (I hope you don’t need to use that one). We’ll be following this…

Automated AWS Dashboards

We’ve had our AWS Cloudwatch integration running for quite a while, and during that time we’ve been talking with our customers to figure out exactly what information they want to see for each of the services they use. Based upon that research we’ve added our latest feature – automated AWS Dashboards for each of the…

Metrics on the big screen

One of the best ways to ensure your whole team knows what your technology is doing is to ensure that everyone has quick and easy access to your dashboards. One of the best ways to do that is to get your dashboards displayed on a giant screen right in the middle of your work area.  Sometimes…

New Feature – Grafana Sandbox and Tutorial

One element of friction that Hosted Graphite has had for a while is that in order play with a dashboard, you actually need to send data. While it might seem pretty obvious that you need to have data in a system before you can graph it, we thought that perhaps this was actually a pretty…

Nassim Taleb, Averages and Systems

Nassim Taleb is famous for a few things – as the author of the 2007 blockbuster “The Black Swan” he examined the impact of rare high-impact events and how they tend to be explained away in retrospect with pithy or simplistic narratives. He’s also renowned for his reluctance to give interviews, so it’s a pleasure to…

Graphite and Metric collisions

One of the really useful things about Graphite (and maybe the main one if you were going to pick one standout that has led to it’s wide adoption), is that you can just fire a new metric at the collector and Graphite will happily accept it and you get useful graphs.  Add some code to…