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Andrii Sh., DevOps Engineer

Cherkasy, Ukraine
Last Updated: 4 Jul 2023

- 24 years of professional expertise in the IT industry; - 2+ years of work experience with Kubernetes; - 6+ years of experience with Docker; - Solid skills in working with AWS Cloud Platform; - Experience with blockchain projects on Ethereum and Polkadot; - Deep knowledge of building and supporting monitoring and alerting systems using Grafana and Prometheus; - Good understanding of work with Terraform. - Skilled in designing, building, and improvement of the IT infrastructure; - Experienced in the implementation of solutions on Microsoft\ Apple \ and Unix platforms - Deep understanding of building virtual and cloud environments; - Experience in building corporate backup systems;

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Andrey B, DevOps engineer/ System Administrator

Ukraine
Last Updated: 4 Jul 2023

Senior System Administrator with over 9+ years exp. Has experience with DevOps for over 7 years. Also has experience with Kubernetes, Grafana, Terraform. Experience in working with highly loaded projects, not afraid of complex tasks. Knowledge of Python programming languages for over 4 years.

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- Over 20 years in IT with a master's degree in Cybernetics - Proficient in Ansible: Extensive experience in deploying and managing Ansible-driven infrastructure, particularly highlighted in roles as SRE/Architect (Aug 2018 – Present) and Senior DevOps Engineer/Lead Sysadmin (Aug 2020 – May 2021), where Ansible was pivotal in scaling a learning platform from 1,000 to over 100,000 students and in key migration projects. - Expertise in Windows Environments: Demonstrated strong skills in managing Windows environments, especially as an SRE/Architect (Aug 2018 – Present) and CTO (2013 – Mar 2022), involving Windows AD+MSSQL backoffice management and ITIL Service Management framework implementation on Windows platforms. - Versatile IT Roles with Ansible and Windows: Across various roles including IT Service Manager, Senior DevOps Engineer, and CTO, consistently applied Ansible and Windows technologies in large-scale infrastructure projects and day-to-day operations, showing versatility and depth in these areas. - Managing the growth of the learning platform from 1,000+ to 100k+ active students - ITIL v3 Foundations Certificate - More than 5 years of experience in leading ITIL Service Management capability and implementing end-to-end ITIL Service Management framework - Strong experience in using ServiceNow and Jira Service Desk for ITSM - Experienced IT/Telecom Specialist - UNIX and UNIX-Like OS (FreeBSD, Linux, SunOS, MacOS X) background - Over 20 years of Windows/windows server family. From NT4.0 /win3.1 up to Server2019. As well as upgrading Up to 15 years with server HW, and 13 years with storage solutions - Infrastructure problem-solver with a strong view on reliability, performance, and disaster recovery - Fluent English

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Vladyslav K, Senior AWS DevOps Engineer

Vinnitsa, Ukraine
Last Updated: 4 Jul 2023

- 4 years in IT field as a DevOps Engineer. Strong scripting skills (Python, Bash, Groovy). - Good understanding of Software Development processes. Practical experience and professional competence in CI/CD (Jenkins, Azure DevOps), infrastructure as code (Terraform, CloudFormation), monitoring (ELK, Zabbix, Grafana), cluster management (Kubernetes, Kubespray, Helm), configuration management (Ansible) and computer network. Proficiency in Amazon Web Services. Extensive background in UNIX-like Operating Systems administration and maintenance. - Upper-Intermediate English

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Vladyslav M., Senior DevOps Engineer

Ukraine
Last Updated: 4 Jul 2023

- A highly skilled DevOps specialist with 15+ years of experience and with a track record of successfully designed CI/CD architectures. - 5+ years experience with AWS; - 5+ years experience with Kubernetes; - 7+ years experience with Docker; - Deep skills with Terraform; - Good understanding of work with databases; - Experience with migration; - Good knowledge of working with Prometheus and Grafana monitoring; - Experience of more than 6 years working with Jenkins; - Achieved great improvement in deployment efficiency via script automation and use of the latest deployment frameworks for client projects; - English: Upper-Intermediate;

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Hard skills of a Grafana Developer

Hard skills of a Grafana Developer: Grafana is a powerful data visualization and monitoring tool widely used in the IT industry. To excel as a Grafana Developer, you need a strong set of hard skills at different proficiency levels. Here are the hard skills required for Grafana Developers based on their experience levels:

Junior

  • Dashboard Creation: Ability to create visually appealing and interactive dashboards using Grafana’s features and functionalities.
  • Data Source Integration: Proficiency in integrating various data sources, such as Prometheus, InfluxDB, Elasticsearch, or Graphite, with Grafana.
  • Querying and Filtering: Knowledge of querying and filtering data from different sources to extract meaningful insights and display them on dashboards.
  • Visualization Customization: Basic understanding of customizing visualizations using Grafana’s options for colors, themes, templates, and annotations.
  • Alerting and Notifications: Familiarity with setting up alerting rules and configuring notifications to receive real-time alerts based on defined thresholds.

Middle

  • Advanced Dashboard Design: Proficiency in designing complex and dynamic dashboards using advanced features like template variables, annotations, and drill-down functionality.
  • Performance Optimization: Ability to optimize the performance of Grafana dashboards by fine-tuning queries, data source configurations, and caching mechanisms.
  • SQL and NoSQL Databases: Experience in working with SQL and NoSQL databases, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, or Cassandra, to fetch and visualize data.
  • Dashboard Templating: Knowledge of using variables and templates to create dynamic dashboards that can be easily customized and reused.
  • Dashboard Versioning: Understanding of version control systems like Git to manage and track changes in Grafana dashboards across different environments.
  • API Integration: Familiarity with Grafana’s API and the ability to integrate Grafana with external systems for data retrieval and automation.
  • User Management and Permissions: Proficient in managing user roles, permissions, and access controls to ensure secure and controlled access to dashboards.

Senior

  • Advanced Querying and Transformations: Expertise in complex data querying, transformations, and aggregations using Grafana’s query language and functions.
  • High Availability and Scalability: Knowledge of deploying Grafana in high availability setups and scaling it to handle large volumes of data and user requests.
  • Custom Plugin Development: Ability to develop custom plugins and extensions to extend the functionality of Grafana and integrate with external systems.
  • Authentication and Single Sign-On (SSO): Experience in configuring authentication providers, implementing SSO, and integrating Grafana with identity management systems.
  • Advanced Alerting and Notifications: Proficiency in setting up advanced alerting rules, creating complex notification channels, and integrating with incident management systems.
  • Performance Monitoring and Optimization: Expertise in monitoring and optimizing the performance of Grafana instances, including database queries, caching, and resource utilization.
  • Dashboard API and Provisioning: Knowledge of using Grafana’s API for dashboard provisioning, automation, and dynamic generation of dashboards based on external data.
  • Team Leadership: Ability to lead a team of Grafana Developers, provide technical guidance, and drive the successful implementation of Grafana projects.

Expert/Team Lead

  • Architecture Design: Expertise in designing scalable and fault-tolerant Grafana architectures, including load balancing, clustering, and distributed setups.
  • Performance Tuning and Monitoring: In-depth knowledge of fine-tuning Grafana’s performance, monitoring system metrics, and optimizing resource utilization.
  • Security and Compliance: Understanding of security best practices, encryption, access controls, and compliance requirements in Grafana deployments.
  • Custom Visualization Development: Proficiency in developing custom visualizations using libraries like D3.js or building plugins to enhance Grafana’s visualization capabilities.
  • Integration with DevOps Tools: Experience in integrating Grafana with various DevOps tools like Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes, or Ansible for continuous monitoring and automation.
  • Advanced Troubleshooting: Ability to diagnose and resolve complex issues in Grafana deployments, including performance bottlenecks, data inconsistencies, or integration problems.
  • Project Management: Knowledge of agile methodologies, project planning, resource allocation, and ability to oversee multiple Grafana projects simultaneously.
  • Technical Documentation: Proficient in documenting Grafana configurations, deployment procedures, best practices, and creating comprehensive user guides or knowledge base articles.
  • Mentoring and Training: Experience in mentoring junior developers, conducting training sessions, and sharing knowledge to foster the growth of the Grafana development team.
  • Continuous Improvement: Proactive approach towards exploring new Grafana features, staying updated with industry trends, and driving continuous improvement within the team.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Strong collaboration and communication skills to effectively work with cross-functional teams, stakeholders, and clients.

Pros & cons of Grafana

7 Pros of Grafana

  • Grafana provides a user-friendly and visually appealing interface for data visualization, making it easy for users to understand and analyze complex data sets.
  • With its extensive library of plugins and integrations, Grafana allows users to connect to various data sources, including popular databases, cloud platforms, and monitoring tools.
  • Grafana supports real-time streaming and dynamic dashboards, enabling users to monitor and analyze data as it is being generated, providing valuable insights into system performance.
  • It offers a wide range of visualization options, including charts, graphs, tables, and heatmaps, allowing users to choose the most suitable representation for their data.
  • Grafana supports collaboration and sharing, allowing users to create and share dashboards, reports, and visualizations with team members, facilitating teamwork and knowledge sharing.
  • Its alerting system allows users to set up custom alerts based on defined thresholds, enabling proactive monitoring and timely notification of any anomalies or issues.
  • Grafana is an open-source tool with a large and active community, which means continuous development, regular updates, and access to a wealth of resources, including plugins, documentation, and community support.

7 Cons of Grafana

  • Grafana’s learning curve can be steep for beginners, as it requires some understanding of data sources, query languages, and visualization concepts.
  • While Grafana provides a wide range of visualization options, creating complex visualizations or customizing them to specific requirements may require advanced knowledge and expertise.
  • Configuring data sources and setting up integrations in Grafana can sometimes be challenging, especially when dealing with less popular or proprietary data sources.
  • Although Grafana offers collaboration features, the user management and access control capabilities may not be as robust as dedicated collaboration platforms.
  • Grafana’s alerting system, while useful, may lack some advanced features found in dedicated monitoring and alerting tools.
  • As an open-source tool, Grafana may have limited official support options, and users may need to rely on community forums or documentation for troubleshooting and assistance.
  • Grafana’s performance may be impacted when dealing with large volumes of data or complex queries, requiring proper optimization and hardware resources.

Soft skills of a Grafana Developer

Soft skills are crucial for a Grafana Developer as they contribute to their overall effectiveness and success in their role. Here are the soft skills required for Grafana Developers at different levels:

Junior

  • Communication: Ability to effectively communicate with team members and stakeholders to understand requirements and provide updates.
  • Problem-solving: Capacity to analyze and resolve issues in Grafana dashboards and troubleshoot data visualization problems.
  • Time management: Skill to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and manage workload efficiently.
  • Attention to detail: Ability to pay close attention to small details to ensure accuracy and precision in data representation.
  • Teamwork: Willingness to collaborate with colleagues and contribute to a positive and productive team environment.

Middle

  • Leadership: Capability to lead small teams and guide them in developing and maintaining Grafana dashboards.
  • Critical thinking: Aptitude to evaluate complex situations, identify potential issues, and propose innovative solutions.
  • Mentoring: Willingness to mentor junior developers, share knowledge, and help them grow in their roles.
  • Adaptability: Ability to adapt to changing requirements, technologies, and work environments.
  • Client management: Skill to effectively manage client expectations, provide regular updates, and address concerns.
  • Collaboration: Capacity to collaborate with cross-functional teams, such as data analysts and backend developers, to ensure seamless integration of Grafana dashboards.
  • Presentation skills: Ability to present data insights and visualizations to non-technical stakeholders in a clear and understandable manner.

Senior

  • Strategic thinking: Ability to align Grafana dashboard development with business objectives and long-term goals.
  • Project management: Skill to oversee multiple projects, allocate resources, and ensure timely delivery.
  • Influence: Capacity to influence decision-making processes and advocate for best practices in Grafana development.
  • Empathy: Ability to understand and empathize with users’ needs and create user-friendly dashboards.
  • Conflict resolution: Skill to resolve conflicts and handle disagreements within the team or with stakeholders.
  • Continuous learning: Willingness to stay updated with the latest trends and advancements in Grafana and data visualization.
  • Quality assurance: Commitment to ensuring the quality and reliability of Grafana dashboards through thorough testing and validation.
  • Strategic partnerships: Ability to establish and maintain strategic partnerships with external vendors or service providers.

Expert/Team Lead

  • Team management: Ability to lead and manage a team of Grafana developers, assigning tasks, providing guidance, and fostering professional growth.
  • Decision-making: Aptitude to make informed decisions based on data analysis, business requirements, and technical expertise.
  • Negotiation: Skill to negotiate contracts, timelines, and resources with clients or stakeholders.
  • Innovation: Capacity to drive innovation in Grafana development, exploring new techniques and technologies.
  • Business acumen: Understanding of the business domain, market trends, and customer needs to deliver impactful dashboards.
  • Risk management: Ability to identify and mitigate risks associated with Grafana development projects.
  • Thought leadership: Demonstrated expertise in Grafana development, contributing to industry forums, and sharing knowledge through publications or presentations.
  • Client engagement: Skill to engage with clients at a strategic level, understand their business goals, and provide valuable insights.
  • Performance optimization: Ability to optimize Grafana dashboards for improved performance and scalability.
  • Change management: Skill to manage and communicate changes effectively to stakeholders, ensuring smooth transitions.
  • Technical mentorship: Willingness to mentor and guide junior developers in technical skills and career development.

What are top Grafana instruments and tools?

  • Grafana: Grafana is an open-source analytics and monitoring platform that allows you to visualize and analyze data from various sources. It was first released in 2014 and has since become one of the most popular tools in the DevOps and IT operations space. Grafana supports a wide range of data sources, including time series databases, logs, and cloud platforms, making it a versatile solution for monitoring and analyzing data. With its intuitive and user-friendly interface, Grafana enables users to create customizable dashboards and visualizations to gain insights from their data.
  • Prometheus: Prometheus is a leading open-source monitoring and alerting toolkit that integrates seamlessly with Grafana. It was developed by SoundCloud in 2012 and later donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Prometheus is designed for monitoring highly dynamic containerized environments and provides a scalable and flexible solution for collecting and storing time series data. Grafana’s integration with Prometheus allows users to leverage the powerful querying and alerting capabilities of Prometheus and visualize the collected metrics in Grafana dashboards.
  • InfluxDB: InfluxDB is a time series database that is often used in combination with Grafana for storing and querying time-stamped data. It was first released in 2013 and has gained popularity for its high-performance and scalability. InfluxDB provides a purpose-built storage solution for time series data, making it an ideal choice for storing metrics, events, and other time-stamped data points. Grafana’s integration with InfluxDB allows users to leverage the querying and visualization capabilities of Grafana to analyze and monitor their time series data stored in InfluxDB.
  • Elasticsearch: Elasticsearch is a distributed search and analytics engine that can be integrated with Grafana to enable powerful full-text search and analysis capabilities. It was first released in 2010 and has become widely adopted for its scalability, speed, and versatility. Elasticsearch is designed to handle large volumes of data and provides real-time search, analytics, and visualization features. When combined with Grafana, Elasticsearch allows users to create rich visualizations and dashboards based on their indexed data, enabling advanced search and analysis of log data, metrics, and other structured or unstructured data sources.
  • MySQL: MySQL is one of the most popular open-source relational databases and is commonly used as a data source for Grafana. It was first released in 1995 and has since become a widely adopted database management system. MySQL provides a robust and scalable solution for storing structured data, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. Grafana’s integration with MySQL allows users to connect to their MySQL databases and visualize the data using the rich set of visualization options provided by Grafana.

How and where is Grafana used?

Case NameCase Description
Monitoring IT InfrastructureGrafana enables real-time monitoring of IT infrastructure by collecting and visualizing data from various sources such as servers, databases, network devices, and applications. It provides customizable dashboards that display metrics such as CPU usage, memory utilization, network traffic, and response times, allowing system administrators to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues.
Application Performance MonitoringGrafana integrates with popular monitoring tools like Prometheus and Graphite to provide detailed insights into application performance. It allows developers and DevOps teams to monitor key metrics such as response times, error rates, and resource consumption. By visualizing this data, they can identify performance bottlenecks, optimize application code, and enhance user experience.
Business Analytics and Data VisualizationGrafana’s powerful visualization capabilities make it an ideal tool for analyzing and visualizing business data. By connecting to data sources like SQL databases, Elasticsearch, or cloud-based services, organizations can create dynamic and interactive dashboards to track key performance indicators (KPIs), generate reports, and gain actionable insights.
Internet of Things (IoT) MonitoringGrafana can be used to monitor and visualize data from IoT devices and sensors. Whether it’s tracking temperature, humidity, energy consumption, or any other sensor data, Grafana allows users to build custom dashboards to monitor real-time data and historical trends. This enables businesses to optimize operations, detect anomalies, and make data-driven decisions.
Log Analysis and VisualizationBy integrating with log management tools like Elasticsearch or Loki, Grafana provides a centralized platform for log analysis and visualization. It allows users to search, filter, and analyze log data in real-time, enabling faster troubleshooting and proactive monitoring of system logs.
Infrastructure Capacity PlanningGrafana’s capacity planning features help organizations optimize resource allocation and plan for future growth. By monitoring resource utilization metrics over time, system administrators can identify trends, forecast capacity requirements, and make informed decisions about infrastructure scaling.
Network MonitoringGrafana integrates with network monitoring tools like Prometheus and InfluxDB to provide comprehensive network monitoring capabilities. It allows network administrators to visualize network traffic, latency, packet loss, and other network metrics. This helps in identifying network bottlenecks, optimizing network performance, and ensuring reliable connectivity.
Cloud Infrastructure MonitoringGrafana supports integration with popular cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, enabling users to monitor and visualize cloud infrastructure metrics. It provides insights into resource utilization, cost optimization, and performance monitoring, helping organizations maximize the efficiency and reliability of their cloud deployments.

TOP 15 Tech facts and history of creation and versions about Grafana Development

  • Grafana was created in 2013 by Torkel Ödegaard, a software engineer at Orbitz. He aimed to develop a tool for visualizing time series data in a more efficient and user-friendly manner.
  • Initially, Grafana was built as a side project to address the limitations of existing graphing tools. It quickly gained popularity within the open-source community and became a standalone project.
  • The name “Grafana” is derived from the Swedish word “graf,” meaning “graph.” It reflects the primary purpose of the tool, which is to create visually appealing and interactive graphs.
  • Grafana follows a plugin-based architecture, allowing users to extend its functionality through various data sources, panels, and even authentication methods. This flexibility has contributed to its widespread adoption.
  • In 2014, Grafana introduced support for Elasticsearch as a data source, opening up new possibilities for users to visualize their Elasticsearch data.
  • The release of Grafana 2.0 in 2015 brought significant improvements, including a new user interface, dashboard templating, and the ability to create annotations, making it easier to collaborate and share insights.
  • Grafana 3.0, released in 2016, introduced alerting capabilities, enabling users to set up notifications based on defined thresholds, ensuring timely response to critical events.
  • Grafana 4.0, released in 2017, introduced the concept of plugins, making it easier for developers to create and share custom visualizations and data sources.
  • Grafana Labs, the company behind Grafana, was founded in 2014 to provide commercial support, training, and consulting services for Grafana users and organizations.
  • Grafana has a vibrant and active community, with over 600 contributors and thousands of plugins available in its official plugin repository, expanding its capabilities beyond time series data.
  • In 2019, Grafana 6.0 introduced Loki, a log aggregation system that integrates seamlessly with Grafana, allowing users to visualize logs alongside their metrics data.
  • Grafana 7.0, released in 2020, introduced significant improvements to the user interface, including a new visualization editor, improved panel editing experience, and enhanced plugin management.
  • Grafana has seen widespread adoption across various industries, including technology, finance, healthcare, and more. It is trusted by numerous organizations, both large and small, for monitoring and observability.
  • Grafana has a strong presence in the cloud-native ecosystem and is extensively used alongside popular projects like Prometheus, Kubernetes, and InfluxDB.
  • The Grafana community organizes an annual conference called “GrafanaCON,” bringing together users, contributors, and enthusiasts to share knowledge and experiences related to Grafana usage and development.

TOP 10 Grafana Related Technologies

  • JavaScript

    JavaScript is the most fundamental programming language for Grafana software development. It is a versatile and widely adopted language that allows developers to create interactive and dynamic web applications.

  • Python

    Python is another popular language for Grafana software development. It is known for its simplicity and readability, making it a great choice for beginners. Python also offers a wide range of libraries and frameworks that can be utilized for data analysis and visualization.

  • React

    React is a JavaScript library that is commonly used for building user interfaces in Grafana software development. It provides a component-based architecture, allowing developers to create reusable UI components and efficiently manage state and data flow.

  • Vue.js

    Vue.js is a progressive JavaScript framework that is gaining popularity in the Grafana community. It offers a simple and intuitive syntax, making it easy to build scalable and performant web applications. Vue.js also provides excellent documentation and a vibrant ecosystem of plugins and extensions.

  • Go

    Go, also known as Golang, is a statically typed programming language that is well-suited for building high-performance applications. It offers built-in concurrency support, making it suitable for handling large-scale data processing and real-time analytics in Grafana software development.

  • InfluxDB

    InfluxDB is a time series database that is commonly used in Grafana software development for storing and querying time-stamped data. It is optimized for high write and query performance, making it ideal for monitoring and analyzing time-series data.

  • Prometheus

    Prometheus is an open-source monitoring and alerting toolkit that is frequently integrated with Grafana. It provides a flexible data model and powerful query language, allowing developers to collect, store, and analyze metrics from various sources.

Cases when Grafana does not work

  1. Grafana does not work when the system requirements are not met. To ensure optimal performance, Grafana requires a minimum of 2 CPU cores, 4 GB of RAM, and 10 GB of storage space. If these requirements are not met, Grafana may fail to function properly.
  2. Grafana may not work if there are network connectivity issues. Since Grafana relies on network communication with data sources and other services, any network interruptions or misconfigurations can prevent Grafana from working as expected.
  3. If the Grafana server is not running or has crashed, Grafana will not be accessible. It is crucial to ensure that the Grafana server is running and any necessary services are up and running properly.
  4. Inadequate permissions or misconfigured access controls can also cause Grafana to fail. If the user does not have the required permissions to access certain dashboards, data sources, or perform specific actions, Grafana may not work as intended.
  5. When the data sources are not correctly configured, Grafana may not be able to retrieve the necessary data. It is important to ensure that the data sources are properly connected and configured to provide the required data for visualization.
  6. If the storage space allocated for Grafana’s database is full or nearing its capacity, Grafana may stop functioning. Regular maintenance and monitoring of the database storage space are necessary to prevent such issues.
  7. When there are plugin conflicts or incompatible plugin versions, Grafana may encounter errors or fail to load certain functionalities. It is important to verify the compatibility of plugins and keep them updated to avoid potential conflicts.
  8. Outdated Grafana versions may also lead to issues and prevent the software from working correctly. It is recommended to keep Grafana up to date with the latest stable releases to benefit from bug fixes, security patches, and new features.
  9. In some cases, misconfiguration or issues with the underlying infrastructure, such as Docker containers, Kubernetes clusters, or server configurations, can impact Grafana’s performance and functionality.
  10. Lastly, if there are bugs or software issues within Grafana itself, it may result in unexpected behavior or failures. It is advisable to consult the Grafana documentation, community forums, or bug trackers to identify any known issues or seek assistance from the Grafana support team.

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