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Grafana has become the de facto standard Open Source graphing and visualisation tool for systems monitoring and is used by many of our teams. It is a highly versatile tool, and while it is commonly used with Prometheus, it can also be used to visualise metrics from cloud platform monitoring systems such as Azure Monitor and AWS CloudWatch. Grafana also has a rich plugin system for panel components to help you represent your metrics the way you want.


Over recent years, Prometheus has become established across our teams as a firm favourite for capturing metrics, usually used with Grafana for visualisation. It is our default choice for monitoring on premise systems and to supplement cloud platform metrics systems such Azure Monitor and Application Insights or AWS CloudWatch Metrics. It has a highly versatile model, which has led to a rich ecosystem of exporters_ which provide a way for Prometheus to collect metrics from almost any source, including infrastructure, databases and message queues, and application/business metrics. Prometheus also supports alerting via the alert manager component using a built-in query syntax and rules engine.