Traditional monitoring aggregates and displays data. When problems occur, traditional monitoring generates alerts. And there can be a lot of them. Some alerts are essential, but others just distract from important information. Filtering out these unimportant alerts is therefore essential. Time for Observability!
Complex IT infrastructures leverage microservice architectures, and it’s critical that tech professionals efficiently observe, monitor, and analyze their organizations’ cloud environments. They need alerts without the “noise” of irrelevant information that leads to alert fatigue. Without noise, they manage to focus on the important signals.
This is easily accomplished with Observability. That’s because it plays a critical role in monitoring modern and complex IT systems, understanding their behavior, and effectively improving the overall performance of those systems. It provides technical experts with detailed insight into system performance, errors, vulnerabilities, and failures. With this information, problems can be quickly identified, monitored, and remediated. In short, Observability enables analysis in seconds that would otherwise take hours.
Traditional monitoring uses dashboards based on metrics and compares telemetry data to manual or statistically relevant thresholds. Typically, it focuses on a specific network, cloud, infrastructure, or application element, allowing tech experts to spot anomalies, investigate problems and find solutions.
But monitoring has its limitations. It doesn’t provide cross-domain correlation, insights into service delivery and operational dependencies, or predictability. In addition, over time, monitoring creates silos. This is where observability solutions come into play.
Information is critical
Observability will not replace traditional monitoring. Instead, it will use the information collected through monitoring as critical elements. Observability analyzes the data collected and compares it to expected outcomes and goals. With this data, tech professionals can better oversee the health of their infrastructure and applications.
AIOps and ML make it possible to deliver Observability solutions with predictive analytics capabilities, taking it a step further. Observability platforms thus detect potential problems before they occur and respond to them automatically and independently.
When tech experts need to intervene, they are notified. The embedded AIOps and ML provide the necessary insights, automated analytics, and actionable intelligence on cross-domain data correlation. They also provide comprehensive real-time and historical metrics and trace data. This makes the signal clear and the final solution to the problem easier to find.
Identify problems proactively
This enables tech professionals, including DevOps and security teams, to more proactively identify issues and anomalies. Teams can then automate tasks and make operations management, reporting, and capacity planning cohesive and efficient across different IT domains. Thanks to AIOps and ML, observability solutions can:
- Strengthen business agility
- Help business professionals identify problems and vulnerabilities
- Characterize and predict effective changes to business services, components, and activity states
- Reduce administrative overhead
Integrated observability solutions optimize IT efficiency, eliminate redundant tools and help reduce costs. For IT teams, being able to move from a reactive approach to a proactive one makes a big difference. With Observability, they can visualize and continuously analyze the relationships between business services and components, as well as variances and dependencies. As a result, this also improves performance, compliance, and resilience.
Observability takes traditional monitoring to a new level
Hybrid and remote work will continue to be part of everyday life, just like SaaS applications and ubiquitous connected devices. AIOps and ML-powered Observability solutions provide dynamic protection against disconnects that make workplace communications impossible and cause downtime and disruption to production operations.
However, Observability should not be viewed as just another technology to add to the stack. Rather, it is an integrated solution for next-generation IT infrastructure, application, and database performance management.
Observability, including AIOps and ML, enables organizations of all sizes to more easily and holistically oversee and manage IT service delivery. It delivers cost savings through continuously improved performance and reliability. This improves the customer experience in complex, diverse, and distributed hybrid and cloud-based environments. Observability and the integration of AIOps and ML take traditional monitoring practices to a whole new level.