How Grafana made observability accessible

Observability has evolved from a specialized platform and site reliability engineering discipline to a massive market in the “you build it, you run it” era. Ten years into Grafana’s open source journey, the project has made observability accessible to a huge audience of developers.

Grafana couldn’t have come at a better time. When Grafana creator Torkel Ödegaard first introduced his open source project for visualizing service behavior and performance 10 years ago, enterprises were still in catch-up mode, trying to figure out scalable methods for troubleshooting the proliferation of moving parts that microservices-based architectures had spawned. It was the dawn of a new era when, as Amazon CTO Werner Vogels declared in 2006, “You build it, you run it.”

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