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Hosted Monitoring: Evaluating InfluxDB Cloud and Grafana Cloud

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At this point we gave up, after having spent more than 1 week trying to get things to work.One thing to keep in mind is that InfluxDB Cloud’s free tier only includes 2 alerts (so we would have definitely needed to upgrade to the paid tier if we had decided to stay with InfluxDB Cloud).Another bug we ran into was that at one point a team member tried resetting their password, which instead created a brand new organization and was no longer able to re-join the original organization without creating a new account using a new email address…Let’s try Grafana Cloud instead.Even though we were previously using Grafana for visualizations we were a little hesitant to try Grafana Cloud. The main reason was that we would need to switch from InfluxDB for our storage to either Graphite or Prometheus, which are offered on Grafana Cloud.Since we are primarily monitoring basic application metrics we ideally just wanted a simple endpoint that we could push our data to (no need for fancy buffering, redundancy or error checking). It is best to make sure you push your metrics slightly more frequently then the interval to make sure you don’t miss any time slots, which would result in gaps (null values) in your data.Since we’ve only been using InfluxDB as a data source in Grafana previously, there was a bit of a learning curve with Graphite. The biggest drawback with InfluxDB Cloud is that they only offer 2 alerts on the free-tier, which feels very low in my opinion.The biggest difference between the two is clearly the maturity and rich feature-set offered by Grafana, whereas the solution InfluxDB Cloud offers feels lacking and buggy.

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