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Grafana vs Prometheus: What are the differences?

What is Grafana? 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.

What is Prometheus? An open-source service monitoring system and time series database, developed by SoundCloud. 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.

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

Some of the features offered by Grafana are:

  • Create, edit, save & search dashboards
  • Change column spans and row heights
  • Drag and drop panels to rearrange

On the other hand, Prometheus provides the following key features:

  • a multi-dimensional data model (timeseries defined by metric name and set of key/value dimensions)
  • a flexible query language to leverage this dimensionality
  • no dependency on distributed storage

"Beautiful" is the top reason why over 65 developers like Grafana, while over 32 developers mention "Powerful easy to use monitoring" as the leading cause for choosing Prometheus.

Grafana and Prometheus are both open source tools. Grafana with 29.7K GitHub stars and 5.63K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Prometheus with 25K GitHub stars and 3.55K GitHub forks.

Uber Technologies, 9GAG, and Harvest are some of the popular companies that use Grafana, whereas Prometheus is used by Uber Technologies, Soundcloud, and DigitalOcean. Grafana has a broader approval, being mentioned in 577 company stacks & 325 developers stacks; compared to Prometheus, which is listed in 243 company stacks and 85 developer stacks.

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.

What is 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.

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    What are some alternatives to Grafana and Prometheus?
    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.
    Graphite
    Graphite does two things: 1) Store numeric time-series data and 2) Render graphs of this data on demand
    Splunk
    Splunk Inc. provides the leading platform for Operational Intelligence. Customers use Splunk to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine data.
    NetData
    Netdata is distributed, real-time, performance and health monitoring for systems and applications. It is a highly optimized monitoring agent you install on all your systems and containers.
    New Relic
    New Relic is the all-in-one web application performance tool that lets you see performance from the end user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code.
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    How developers use Grafana and Prometheus
    Avatar of ShadowICT
    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.

    Avatar of Andrew Gatenby
    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.

    Avatar of Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses PrometheusPrometheus

    We primarily use Prometheus to gather metrics and statistics to display them in Grafana. Aside from that we poll Prometheus for our orchestration-solution "JCOverseer" to determine, which host is least occupied at the moment.

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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.

    Avatar of sapslaj
    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)

    Avatar of Bùi Thanh
    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
    Avatar of Tom Staijen
    Tom Staijen uses PrometheusPrometheus

    Gather metrics from systems and applications. Evaluate alerting rules. Alerts are pushed to OpsGenie and Slack.

    Avatar of HyVive
    HyVive uses PrometheusPrometheus

    We primarily use Prometheus to gather metrics and statistics to display them in Grafana.

    Avatar of Bùi Thanh
    Bùi Thanh uses PrometheusPrometheus
    • Simple operation and easy to deploy.
    Avatar of Roy Olsen
    Roy Olsen uses PrometheusPrometheus

    Predictive monitoring.

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