Grafana vs Kibana vs Graphite: What are the differences?
When Graphite was released in 2006, it was the most flexible monitoring tool available, with the best and most user-friendly UI. It’s still considered by many to be the standard format for metrics-gatherers, and continues to be used as a data backend and storage tool. While Graphite also has its own data visualization capability, Graphite-web, this is where newer tools have often overtaken Graphite. Many developers use Graphite on the backend and then integrate it with another tool for frontend visualization. Grafana and Kibana are two such tools, used mainly to visualize and display data. Grafana can be used alongside Graphite (frontend visualization of Graphite’s data backend). Kibana also creates visual dashboards, but it supports only Elasticsearch (not Graphite) as a data backend.
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Why do developers choose Kibana vs Grafana vs Graphite?
- Grafana is a general purpose dashboard tool that integrates with many data sources, including Graphite, InfluxDB, and OpenTSDB. Fans of Grafana call it beautiful and easy to use, and love its many integrations.
- Kibana is loved by fans of Elasticsearch; as part of the Elastic Stack it integrates seamlessly with other Elastic products. Fans also cite its ease of setup, pie chart capability, and user-friendliness as pros.
- Fans of Graphite appreciate its storage functions, integrations (including Grafana), and ability to render any graph.
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