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The 10 Coolest Open-Source Software Tools Of 2021

Rick Whiting

CRN’s list of the coolest open-source software in 2021 includes tools for developing next-generation applications, adapting applications to a SaaS model, sharing and analyzing data, managing Kubernetes systems and costs, and building and deploying machine learning models.

Grafana

Grafana is an open-source data observability platform for collecting and analyzing metric, log and trace data generated by IT infrastructure, networks, cybersecurity tools and other systems. The system’s data analytics, visualization, dashboarding and alerting capabilities are used by IT and AppDev managers to monitor IT system performance and track users and events.

The Grafana software is developed by New York-based Grafana Labs, which also markets commercial enterprise and cloud service editions of the software along with Grafana-related services. About 800,000 businesses and organizations already use Grafana, about 90 percent of them using the open-source version that’s available under the AGPLv3 open-source license.

In November Grafana Labs struck a strategic partnership with Microsoft to develop a Grafana managed service that runs on the Azure cloud platform. The deal is similar to a partnership the startup has with Amazon Web Services.

 
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Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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