Lab 1 - Introduction to Perses

Lab Goal

To gain an understanding of the Perses project.

Introduction - Under the CoreDash umbrella

CoreDash is a centralized effort to define a standard for visualization and dashboards. It's designed as an umbrella project owned by the Linux Foundation to host sub-project efforts like Perses. For more information on the CoreDash project:

Introduction - What is the Perses project?

Perses is an exploration into finding an open source standard for visualization and dashboards for metrics monitoring. Also part of the Linux Foundation with plans to promote to Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Some links to explore:

Introduction - Perses project goals (1/2)

  1. Become an open standard dashboard visualization tool
    • Have well defined dashboard definition model
    • Statically validated dashboards with CLI and CUE schemas
    • GitOps compatible for dashboard-as-code workflows
    • Perses runs locally, edit dashboard JSON file in Git
  2. Provide embeddable charts and dashboards in any user interface
    • Provide different NPM packages
    • Example usage could be to improve graph display in Prometheus (or embed)

Introduction - Perses project goals (2/2)

  1. Target Kubernetes (k8s) native mode
    • dashboard defs deployed into & read from app namespaces (CRDs)
  2. Provide complete static validation for CI/CD pipelines
    • Provide command line client: percli
  3. Architecture supporting future plugins

Chat with Perses project team?

On Matrix channel: #perses-dev
matrix

Introduction - Perses CNCF project

In March 2024 Perses applied to become a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Sandbox project. Currently, the CNCF has no dashboard or visualization solution in the Observability area. Being part of the CNCF provides the project visibility and end users with an alternative to vendor visualization observability.
cncf

Introduction - Perses sandbox and docs

Perses has online documentation included with the project website and also provide a Perses demo sandbox instance to explore after logging in:
demo

Lab completed - Results

We gained a basic understanding of the Perses project.
demo

Next up, installing Perses project on your machine...
references

Contact - are there any questions?

Eric D. Schabell
Director Evangelism
Contact: @ericschabell {@fosstodon.org) or https://www.schabell.org

Up next in workshop...

Lab 2 - Installing Perses