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Grafana 7.0 is now generally available with enhancements to simplify the development of custom plugins and increase the power, speed and flexibility of visualization. This latest release helps organizations realize their monitoring, visualization and observability goals even faster, Grafana Labs said.

Grafana 7.0 is an accumulation of effort commencing after 6.0 spanning nearing 18,000 commits and 3,699 pull requests from 362 contributors around the world. Additionally, there are hundreds of company, commercial and community data-source plugins and thousands of sample dashboards.

The new Amazon CloudWatch Logs plugin joins the slate of plugins resulting from partnerships across Google (Google Cloud Monitoring (formally Stackdriver)), Microsoft (Azure Monitor), and Amazon (Amazon CloudWatch). The release includes new logs support with open source Loki and tracing inputs from Zipkin and Jaeger.

These augment Grafana’s existing community and enterprise commercial plugins ranging from the recently released ServiceNow enterprise plugin to popular open source projects (like Prometheus, Graphite and Elasticsearch) and proprietary sources (such as Splunk, Datadog, New Relic, Zabbix, Oracle), as well as users’ own custom data sources/API.

Transformations allow users to rename, summarize, combine, and perform calculations across queries and data sources. A shared set of common data operations that were previously duplicated as custom features in many panels or data sources are now an integral part of the Grafana data processing pipeline and something all data sources and panels can take advantage of. New data inspection feature lets users see, export (CSV), and drill into query execution details for faster troubleshooting.

A new tracing viewer to complement the existing support for metrics and logs enables users to trace the path of a single request through a distributed system.

A range of automatic and easy-to-use rendering options drastically simplifies effort and results in dashboard panels in a variety of formats including tables, non-time-series charts and more. This augments the library of existing panel plugins including maps, pie charts and gauges.

The release also helps you search, discover, and secure your dashboards with new enterprise features.

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