Observability Tools

Observability Tools Overview

An observability tool is a tool designed to monitor systems and applications via monitors, logs. Unlike individual monitoring tools, observability tools enable a business to have constant insight and receive continuous feedback from their systems. This approach to monitoring and logging provides actionable information to businesses faster than tools focusing on only monitoring or logging can.

Observability platforms help businesses understand system behavior and predict outages or problems before they occur. Businesses use observability tools to act proactively and prevent system problems.

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Observability Products

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Dynatrace

Dynatrace is an APM scaled for enterprises with cloud, on-premise, and hybrid application and SaaS monitoring. Dynatrace uses AI-supported algorithms to provide continual APM self-learning and predictive alerts for proactive issue resolution.

ScienceLogic SL1

ScienceLogic is a system and application monitoring and performance management platform. ScienceLogic collects and aggregates data across and IT ecosystems and contextualizes it for actionable insights with the SL1 product offering.

LogicMonitor
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LogicMonitor provides an agentless SaaS-based monitoring platform. LogicMonitor provides prebuilt integrations and an open API, and is designed to provide monitoring across networks, servers, applications, websites, and containers, including insights and reporting capabilities.

New Relic
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New Relic is a SaaS-based web and mobile application performance management provider for the cloud and the datacenter. They provide code-level diagnostics for dedicated infrastructures, the cloud, or hybrid environments and real time monitoring.

Auvik
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Auvik's cloud-based network management software gives users insight into the networks they manage, and automates complex and time-consuming network tasks. Real-time network mapping and inventory mean users know what's where, even as users move. Automated config backup and restore…

Key Features

  • Network monitoring (91)
    83%
    8.3
  • Automated network device discovery (91)
    82%
    8.2
  • Alerts (90)
    80%
    8.0
GitLab
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GitLab is a complete open-source DevOps platform, delivered as a single application, fundamentally changing the way Development, Security, and Ops teams collaborate and build software. From idea to production, GitLab helps teams improve cycle time from weeks to minutes, reduce development…

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch is a native AWS monitoring tool for AWS programs. It provides data collection and resource monitoring capabilities.

AppDynamics
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AppDynamics is an APM and Mobile APM program, with application mapping and predictive capabilities. These capacities enable automated remediation and code-level diagnostics in real time. It can be deployed on-premise or as a SaaS.

Key Features

  • Application monitoring (39)
    91%
    9.1
  • Threshold alerts (38)
    89%
    8.9
  • Database monitoring (39)
    80%
    8.0
SolarWinds AppOptics

SolarWinds AppOptics (formerly Librato) is an IT infrastructure monitoring service and APM, based on technology acquired by SolarWinds with Librato in 2015 to expand its cloud monitoring portfolio.

Key Features

  • Application monitoring (29)
    85%
    8.5
  • Database monitoring (27)
    79%
    7.9
  • Threshold alerts (25)
    69%
    6.9
Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI)

Splunk supports IT operations analytics with the Splunk IT Service Intelligence premium offering, a software application available to subscribers to Splunk Cloud or Splunk Enterprise log analytics and SIEM platforms.

Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring

SignalFX is Real-Time Cloud Monitoring and Observability for Infrastructure, Microservices and Applications. SignalFX was acquired by Splunk in August 2019. SignalFX Infrastructure Monitoring provides real-time cloud monitoring and observability platform for infrastructure, microservices…

Datadog

Datadog is a monitoring service for IT, Dev and Ops teams who write and run applications at scale, and want to turn the massive amounts of data produced by their apps, tools and services into actionable insight.

Sumo Logic

Sumo Logic is a log management offering from the San Francisco based company of the same name.

IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS
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IntelliMagic Vision's AI-driven analytics enables z/OS experts to proactively monitor and manage their end-to-end z/OS environment, prevent disruptions, optimize performance, improve support for new applications, reduce software costs, eliminate unnecessary hardware purchases, and…

Splunk Log Observer

Splunk's Log Observer reduce time troubleshooting. The live Tail allows SREs and developers to filter and watch critical logs without having to learn a query language.

Splunk Real User Monitoring (RUM)

Splunk Infrastructure Real User Monitoring (RUM) enables monitoring of any stack, on-prem, hybrid, and multiclou

Key Features

  • Application monitoring (8)
    85%
    8.5
  • Threshold alerts (8)
    78%
    7.8
  • Database monitoring (8)
    78%
    7.8
Splunk Application Performance Monitoring (APM)

Splunk APM is an application performance monitor that uses AI to drive troubleshooting of issues that arise within applications.

Key Features

  • Application monitoring (7)
    92%
    9.2
  • Application performance management console (7)
    90%
    9.0
  • Database monitoring (7)
    86%
    8.6
StackState

StackState is an observability solution that helps enterprises decrease downtime and prevent outages by breaking down the silos between existing monitoring tools and tracking changes in dependencies, relationships, and configuration over time. The system relates these changes to…

Logz.io

Logz.io in Boston offers their enterprise-grade log analytics application, oriented towards providing data security and eliminating the need for capacity management.

Elastic Observability

Elastic Observability, from Elastic, the makers of Elasticsearch, is a solution that aims to bring logs, metrics, and APM based on the former Opbeat (acquired by Elastic in 2017) traces together at scale in a single stack so users can monitor and react to events happening anywhere…

InfluxDB

The InfluxDB is a time series database from InfluxData headquartered in San Francisco. As an observability solution, it is designed to provide real-time visibility into stacks, sensors and systems. It is available open source, via the Cloud as a DBaaS option, or through an Enterprise…

Retrace

Retrace (formerly APM+) is a lightweight Application Performance Management solution. Retrace gives developers continuous, real-time analysis through a combination of code-level visibility with in-line log and error data. Retrace helps identify top performance offenders by analyzing…

Moogsoft

Moogsoft is an IT alert management platform from the San Francisco-headquartered company of the same name with an office in the UK... also comprising the original developers of IBM's acquired Netcool technology.

Grafana

Grafana is a data visualization tool developed by Grafana Labs in New York. It is available open source, managed (Grafana Cloud), or via an enterprise edition with enhanced features. Grafana has pluggable data source model and comes bundled with support for popular time series databases…

Azure Monitor

Microsoft's Azure Monitor is designed to analyze and optimize the performance of web applications and infrastructure, including virtual machines (VMs), Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Storage, and databases. Monitor Linux and Windows VMs and their health and dependencies—all…

Learn More About Observability Tools

What is an Observability Tool?

An observability tool is a tool designed to monitor systems and applications via monitors, logs. Unlike individual monitoring tools, observability tools enable a business to have constant insight and receive continuous feedback from their systems. This approach to monitoring and logging provides actionable information to businesses faster than tools focusing on only monitoring or logging can.

Observability platforms help businesses understand system behavior and predict outages or problems before they occur. Businesses use observability tools to act proactively and prevent system problems.

Features and Capabilities

Many observability tools specialize in monitoring or logging, which can impact what features they offer, but below are some of the most common features offered across the board.

  • Application monitoring
  • Event logging
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Event Analytics
  • Database Monitoring
  • Predictive Capabilities0

Observability Platform Comparison

When considering an observability platform, you should consider the following before making a purchasing decision.

  1. Existing Tools: Many businesses already have a logging tool or an application monitoring tool. Consider what tools your business is already using, and what each observability tool specializes in. If you already have a monitoring tool, it may be a good choice to purchase an observability tool with strong support for logging.
  2. Feature Needs: Many observability tools offer advanced features, including predictive analytics, while others provide data collection and leave the bulk of the analysis to the users. This can factor into pricing, so consider what your analytics needs are when selecting an observability tool.
  3. Supported Users: Observability tool pricing is often dependent on how many users will be using the platform. Consider how many users in your organization will make use of the platform so you can choose one that makes sense for you financially.

Pricing Information

Pricing for observability platforms is highly dependent on the features provided by the platform and the number of users supported by the tool. With that in mind, businesses should expect to pay at least $75 per month for an observability tool.

Observability Tools Best Of Awards

The following Observability Tools offer award-winning customer relationships, feature sets, and value for price. Learn more about our Summer Best Of Awards methodology here.

Best Of Summer 2022 Awards Winners for the Observability category. For Best Relationship, first place is New Relic. For Best Feature Set, first place is New Relic. For Best Value for Price, first place is New Relic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an observability tool if I already have an application monitoring tool?

Observability tools typically include application monitoring features, but they also provide logging and other data collection and analytics tools. Even if you have an application monitoring tool, an observability tool can still be a good addition to your business if you want the best possible visibility into your infrastructure. That said, an application monitoring tool may be sufficient for some businesses that don’t need additional visibility into their infrastructure.

Do all observability tools include logging and application monitoring features?

All observability tools include some logging features and some application monitoring features. That said, many observability tools used to be individualized logging or application monitoring tools, so they tend to specialize in one or the other.

What businesses benefit most from observability tools?

The more a business relies on its IT infrastructure and smooth application performance, the more important an observability platform is. These tools will help reduce downtime proactively. Businesses that aren’t as reliant on constant application uptime and proactive issues prevention may not find an observability tool to be essential.