# Grafana#

Grafana is a multi-platform open source analytics and interactive visualization tool. It allows you to query, create dashboards, explore, and alert on metrics when connected to supported data sources.

We use Grafana to visualize the metrics that we source from our [User Workload Monitoring][../uwm]. These monitoring dashboards are useful for visualizing the metrics (such as Prometheus metrics) collected from the applications to track and analyze the system’s overall health.

The dashboards can be altered, saved and reused as per your specific monitoring needs.

Dashboards can be represented by the GrafanaDashboard custom resource or by their raw JSON files. You can find example monitoring dashboards defined in separate JSON files for each of the Operate First managed applications in our apps repo. For more information on how the Grafana dashboards are defined, please refer to this documentation.

Grafana can be accessed at: https://grafana.operate-first.cloud/

To add your dashboards to Grafana, you will need to create a GrafanaDashboard custom resource. To do this, you can follow the instructions available here.