A newbie question about Grafan and Influx

I am just playing around to monitor my proxmox server. And see some articles about Grafana with InfluxDb. But as influxdb web gui has lost of option and also alerting system, why would I still need Grafan (which I have not used yet.) Grafana has option for datasource for influxdb.

Hi @Ozgur_Erdogan

You are right, Influx Data Explorere does have options for visualizing, alerting, etc. which are sufficient for many users. Grafana can do all that and a lot more, including connecting different types of data sources and combining them, transforming, etc. The alerting options in Grafana are also very granular and give the user more options that Influx.

But one thing I noted, in grafana, I have to know Flux language and query data. Hopefully someone already this here
I think not every one can query data with flux just for monitoring some servers.

But with influx, it is simpe to choose data. So is it ok to monitor many proxmox servers with influx?
Can not I get some popular notification like telegram, pushover etc?
I am trying to decide one to go…

I thought the same when I started with InfluxDB and Grafana.

InfluxDB + Grafana Is a powerful combo, you can use chained variables and generate links to other dashboards, have different types of plugins and visualization, literally you imagination is the limit.

you can query using either Flux Script or Flux Query language, also if you are used to use the query builder in InfluxDB you can change to script editor and see the code. however not all the functions of InfluxDB are in the query builder, and once you understand hot to use all those prebuilt functions, you can do some clever data manipulation.

for notifications, I found easier to manage Grafana alert manager.

I tried copying and pasting from Influx script editor to grafan and it seems to kind of working. But some values are rendered as raw I guess. Is there a better way to use copy and paste flux queries to grafana?
Thank you guys for your answers…

No, It is pretty much it. once you have the query the data is the same it depends on you how to group it, transform it, display it.