The More You Monitor – What is Observability?

The More You Monitor – What is Observability

Are you embracing the key tenets of Observability in your IT infrastructure management? In this episode of The More You Monitor we’ll unpack the foundational elements of Observability and how enacting this concept can ensure high availability and pre-empt business problems.

Video Transcription

Lately, there’s been a lot of interest from IT and dev operations teams in using artificial intelligence and machine learning to quickly identify and respond to events and outages. The faster you can mitigate issues, the faster you can decrease downtime, and increase availability.

Nowadays, it’s essential to build applications and systems that output performance metrics and logs that can then be easily observed and ingested by other tools, such as IT infrastructure monitoring, and log analytics platforms.

These platforms help you filter out the noise from the streams of data, and enable your team to investigate what caused specific events, and pinpoint the exact source of the problem, and its impact on your business. That end state is the overarching concept of observability. To achieve true observability, you first need visibility into your IT systems and applications, and to be able to monitor operational statuses and diagnostic data in real time.

Monitoring your IT stack when everything is up and running is fairly straightforward, but what happens when you receive an alert that a system is slowing down, or an application has experienced an outage?

Do you instinctively know where to start to get the system or application back up and running? Well, this is where AI and machine learning algorithms can help to provide context as to how events culminated into the larger incident, as well as the potential negative impact on your business.

Observability allows you to dig deeper to identify why a particular system or application is down. Observability is more than just visibility. Monitoring event logs and code level tracing all play key roles in the equation. There is no magic tool or easy button to achieve true observability. Observability requires a sophisticated and holistic approach to using a collection of tools to monitor, analyze, and trace events. But once you do achieve observability, your team will be able to keep crucial systems and business applications up and available, enabling your business to innovate and advance forward. To learn more about other industry topics, check out LogicMonitor’s resource page.