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Grafana, for the uninitiated, is an open source platform that helps enables some of the world’s biggest companies to unify, query, and visualize disparate telemetry data in a single dashboard. Grafana Labs, the open source project’s core maintainer and developer, offers a bunch of enterprise and “hosted” cloud services, support, and features on top of Grafana.
Up until now, Microsoft’s Azure customers wishing to deploy Grafana would generally use the open source product, which is a resource-intensive endeavor given that companies were responsible for managing everything themselves. While there was also Grafana Labs’ own fully-managed cloud service available via the Azure Marketplace, the new Azure Managed Grafana service includes a bunch of native integrations with Microsoft’s various cloud services, such as Azure Monitor, and ships with prebuilt dashboards for Azure services.
Today’s launch follows Amazon’s Managed Service for AWS which hit general availability last September after nine months in preview. Judging by that launch timeline, we can perhaps expect the native Azure incarnation to officially launch by early 2023.
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