Open Source Analytics Platform Grafana Gets Update

This week Grafana Labs announced the 6.2 release of its Grafana open source analytics platform, which allows for data from numerous sources and features a wide library of plug-ins and community-created dashboards. It can be hosted locally or in the cloud.

According to Grafana's blog post announcing the new version, the update includes a number of new features, including support for Elasticsearch 7, the latest version of the Lucene library-based search engine, and a brand new bar gauge panel for data visualizations.

This version also includes new support for environment variables, lazy loading of out-of-view panels, and improved alerts.

6.2 also features some security upgrades, including improved password encryption, and limitations on browser caching and embedding in order to prevent certain security risks.

A complete list of changes and the free download version can be found here.

Information on the enterprise version of Grafana can be found here.

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