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Flapjack vs Grafana: What are the differences?

Developers describe Flapjack as "Monitoring notification routing + event processing system". Flapjack is a flexible monitoring notification routing system that handles: alert routing, alert summarisation, your standard operational tasks. On the other hand, Grafana is detailed as "Open source Graphite & InfluxDB Dashboard and Graph Editor". Grafana is a general purpose dashboard and graph composer. It's focused on providing rich ways to visualize time series metrics, mainly though graphs but supports other ways to visualize data through a pluggable panel architecture. It currently has rich support for for Graphite, InfluxDB and OpenTSDB. But supports other data sources via plugins.

Flapjack and Grafana can be primarily classified as "Monitoring" tools.

Flapjack and Grafana are both open source tools. Grafana with 29.3K GitHub stars and 5.55K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Flapjack with 656 GitHub stars and 90 GitHub forks.

What is Flapjack?

Flapjack is a flexible monitoring notification routing system that handles: alert routing, alert summarisation, your standard operational tasks.

What is Grafana?

Grafana is a general purpose dashboard and graph composer. It's focused on providing rich ways to visualize time series metrics, mainly though graphs but supports other ways to visualize data through a pluggable panel architecture. It currently has rich support for for Graphite, InfluxDB and OpenTSDB. But supports other data sources via plugins.
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          What are some alternatives to Flapjack and Grafana?
          Kibana
          Kibana is an open source (Apache Licensed), browser based analytics and search dashboard for Elasticsearch. Kibana is a snap to setup and start using. Kibana strives to be easy to get started with, while also being flexible and powerful, just like Elasticsearch.
          Prometheus
          Prometheus is a systems and service monitoring system. It collects metrics from configured targets at given intervals, evaluates rule expressions, displays the results, and can trigger alerts if some condition is observed to be true.
          Nagios
          Nagios is a host/service/network monitoring program written in C and released under the GNU General Public License.
          Graphite
          Graphite does two things: 1) Store numeric time-series data and 2) Render graphs of this data on demand
          Zabbix
          Zabbix is a mature and effortless enterprise-class open source monitoring solution for network monitoring and application monitoring of millions of metrics.
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          Kibana
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          Grafana
          Elasticsearch
          Elasticsearch
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          Logstash
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          Graphite
          Icinga
          Icinga

          One size definitely doesn’t fit all when it comes to open source monitoring solutions, and executing generally understood best practices in the context of unique distributed systems presents all sorts of problems. Megan Anctil, a senior engineer on the Technical Operations team at Slack gave a talk at an O’Reilly Velocity Conference sharing pain points and lessons learned at wrangling known technologies such as Icinga, Graphite, Grafana, and the Elastic Stack to best fit the company’s use cases.

          At the time, Slack used a few well-known monitoring tools since it’s Technical Operations team wasn’t large enough to build an in-house solution for all of these. Nor did the team think it’s sustainable to throw money at the problem, given the volume of information processed and the not-insignificant price and rigidity of many vendor solutions. With thousands of servers across multiple regions and millions of metrics and documents being processed and indexed per second, the team had to figure out how to scale these technologies to fit Slack’s needs.

          On the backend, they experimented with multiple clusters in both Graphite and ELK, distributed Icinga nodes, and more. At the same time, they’ve tried to build usability into Grafana that reflects the team’s mental models of the system and have found ways to make alerts from Icinga more insightful and actionable.

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          Conor Myhrvold
          Tech Brand Mgr, Office of CTO at Uber · | 10 upvotes · 671.1K views
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          Prometheus
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          Graphite
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          Grafana
          Nagios
          Nagios

          Why we spent several years building an open source, large-scale metrics alerting system, M3, built for Prometheus:

          By late 2014, all services, infrastructure, and servers at Uber emitted metrics to a Graphite stack that stored them using the Whisper file format in a sharded Carbon cluster. We used Grafana for dashboarding and Nagios for alerting, issuing Graphite threshold checks via source-controlled scripts. While this worked for a while, expanding the Carbon cluster required a manual resharding process and, due to lack of replication, any single node’s disk failure caused permanent loss of its associated metrics. In short, this solution was not able to meet our needs as the company continued to grow.

          To ensure the scalability of Uber’s metrics backend, we decided to build out a system that provided fault tolerant metrics ingestion, storage, and querying as a managed platform...

          https://eng.uber.com/m3/

          (GitHub : https://github.com/m3db/m3)

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          Grafana
          StatsD
          StatsD
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          Flask

          Data science and engineering teams at Lyft maintain several big data pipelines that serve as the foundation for various types of analysis throughout the business.

          Apache Airflow sits at the center of this big data infrastructure, allowing users to “programmatically author, schedule, and monitor data pipelines.” Airflow is an open source tool, and “Lyft is the very first Airflow adopter in production since the project was open sourced around three years ago.”

          There are several key components of the architecture. A web UI allows users to view the status of their queries, along with an audit trail of any modifications the query. A metadata database stores things like job status and task instance status. A multi-process scheduler handles job requests, and triggers the executor to execute those tasks.

          Airflow supports several executors, though Lyft uses CeleryExecutor to scale task execution in production. Airflow is deployed to three Amazon Auto Scaling Groups, with each associated with a celery queue.

          Audit logs supplied to the web UI are powered by the existing Airflow audit logs as well as Flask signal.

          Datadog, Statsd, Grafana, and PagerDuty are all used to monitor the Airflow system.

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          Grafana

          I use Kibana because it ships with the ELK stack. I don't find it as powerful as Splunk however it is light years above grepping through log files. We previously used Grafana but found it to be annoying to maintain a separate tool outside of the ELK stack. We were able to get everything we needed from Kibana.

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          Kibana
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          Grafana
          Elasticsearch
          Elasticsearch

          I use both Kibana and Grafana on my workplace: Kibana for logging and Grafana for monitoring. Since you already work with Elasticsearch, I think Kibana is the safest choice in terms of ease of use and variety of messages it can manage, while Grafana has still (in my opinion) a strong link to metrics

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          Kibana

          For our Predictive Analytics platform, we have used both Grafana and Kibana

          Kibana has predictions and ML algorithms support, so if you need them, you may be better off with Kibana . The multi-variate analysis features it provide are very unique (not available in Grafana).

          For everything else, definitely Grafana . Especially the number of supported data sources, and plugins clearly makes Grafana a winner (in just visualization and reporting sense). Creating your own plugin is also very easy. The top pros of Grafana (which it does better than Kibana ) are:

          • Creating and organizing visualization panels
          • Templating the panels on dashboards for repetetive tasks
          • Realtime monitoring, filtering of charts based on conditions and variables
          • Export / Import in JSON format (that allows you to version and save your dashboard as part of git)
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          Amazon CloudWatch
          Amazon CloudWatch

          A huge part of our continuous deployment practices is to have granular alerting and monitoring across the platform. To do this, we run Sentry on-premise, inside our VPCs, for our event alerting, and we run an awesome observability and monitoring system consisting of StatsD, Graphite and Grafana. We have dashboards using this system to monitor our core subsystems so that we can know the health of any given subsystem at any moment. This system ties into our PagerDuty rotation, as well as alerts from some of our Amazon CloudWatch alarms (we’re looking to migrate all of these to our internal monitoring system soon).

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          How developers use Flapjack and Grafana
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          ShadowICT uses GrafanaGrafana

          We use Grafana to view live stats relating to our servers such as memory and CPU usage. We also use Grafana to monitor our gaming servers for data such as latency and player counts. This allows us to generate effective analytics and see when problems arise.

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          Andrew Gatenby uses GrafanaGrafana

          Everyone likes graphs, right?! This isn't a tool we actively use right now, but paired with Prometheus we want to use it to have visual monitors on things like API cluster health, status, queue stats, DB/redis query and cache stats etc.

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          Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses GrafanaGrafana

          Grafana is used in combination with Prometheus to display the gathered stats and to monitor our physical servers aswell as their virtual applications. We also use Grafana to get notifications about irregularities.

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          sapslaj uses GrafanaGrafana

          Grafana takes the data from InfluxDB and presents it in a nice flexible format. Bonus points for built-in alerts and playlists (cycles through different dashboards automatically)

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          Bùi Thanh uses GrafanaGrafana
          • Graph report with many panels and Dashboard.
          • Easy to deploy, and view performance of system.
          • Intergrating with many datasource: Prometheus, CloudWatch
          • Alerts
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