New preview brings native Grafana integration to Microsoft Azure

Grafana users are in for a treat.

What you need to know

In 2021, Microsoft and Grafana Labs announced plans to make Grafana natively compatible with Azure.
Azure Managed Grafana, the aforementioned native solution, is now available in preview.
Grafana is designed to provide convenient and easy visualization of telemetry data from a variety of sources.

Azure users with telemetry data in need of convenient, consolidated visualization need look no further than Grafana, a one-stop-shop interface designed to convey information from multiple sources in a concise, easy-to-read format. And now, Grafana has the benefit of native integration with Azure.

Grafana and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership back in 2021, stating a native solution would be on the way. And now, in April 2022, here we are, with the goods delivered via Azure Managed Grafana, which is available in preview.

Here’s how Microsoft describes Azure Managed Grafana in its blog post: “The Grafana application lets users easily visualize all their telemetry data in a single user interface. With Grafana’s extensible architecture, users can visualize and correlate multiple data sources across on-premises, Azure, and multi-cloud environments. Azure Managed Grafana particularly optimizes this experience for Azure-native data stores such as Azure Monitor and Data Explorer thus making it easy for customers to connect to any resource in their subscription and view all resulting telemetry in a familiar Grafana dashboard.”

Charts from the Azure portal can be easily migrated to the new service, and there will be a variety of built-in dashboards to help maximize the Azure Monitor information you can get at a glance.

This is one of many ways Microsoft is enhancing and supporting Azure. Between this, Azure’s various endeavors in space, and the ID@Azure program for small game developers, there’s a lot of cloud-based opportunity being shared around.

New preview brings native Grafana integration to Microsoft Azure