Call Us: US - +1 845 478 5244 | UK - +44 20 7193 7850 | AUS - +61 2 8005 4826

Use of DBMS in System Software

This nod of approval from the popular visualization software could help spur adoption of the new open source query language in a world long dominated by SQL. In his own keynote at InfluxDays, InfluxData CEO Evan Kaplan noted that time-series databases are the fastest growing category of databases (followed by graph databases). Yet SQL itself has difficulty in describing time-series data, which is where Flux — which is not strongly tied to InfluxDB — could help.

When Grafana is installed on a server, some packages are installed by default. These support connections to third-party software such as the Graphite and Prometheus monitoring tools. The Flux plug-in will be an extension of the first InfluxDB plugin already available. Without this native support, users would have to manually install the plugin from the plugin catalog.

Grafana can be handy for admins because it is one of the few monitoring programs that can easily support multiple backends, such as traditional databases alongside time-series databases such as InfluxDB. This can be great for aggregating operational data from a variety of sources.

Already Grafana users have been installing Flux. In a follow-up interview, Lisi noted that a large percentage of Grafana users are also deploying InfluxDB, though most still use that database system’s original query language. In fact, InfluxDB originally gained popularity in part because of its SQL-like querying, which as easy for database admins and programmers to quickly learn. Flux has more of a learning curve, Lisi admitted, but it offers far more in return.

InfluxDB created Flux as a way to decouple the database querying process with the backend storage holding the data, InfluxData cofounder Paul Dix explained last year. In this way, developers don’t have to write the same query repeatedly for different data sources. It is actually a fully-formed Turing Completefunctional programming language, one that more resembles a scripting language than a set of query commands.