Observability Tools

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Observability Tools Overview

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 Products

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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.



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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.

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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.



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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.

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 (27)
  • Threshold alerts (23)
  • Database monitoring (25)

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.

Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring (formerly SignalFx)

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…

Sumo Logic

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


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


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…


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.


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…


Kentik Detect is a DDoS prevent platform that monitors incoming traffic, monitoring for anomalies and orchestrates a mitigation response using third-party solutions.

Sematext Cloud

The vendor presents Sematext Cloud is an all-in-one observability solution for modern-day software-based companies that provides key insights into front-end and back-end performance. Sematext encompasses infrastructure, real user & synthetic monitoring, transaction tracing and…


Lightstep's full-context observability platform is designed to provide visibility across microservices, monoliths, and everything in between. Lightstep states that their mission is to deliver confidence at scale for those who develop, operate, and rely upon today's software applications.…

Scalyr, from SentinelOne

The vendor states Scalyr helps engineering and ops teams solve more problems in less time with log searching and aggregation in seconds, boasting hundreds of engineers from companies like Zalando, Opendoor, and WorldPay as daily users of Scalyr. Built by the creator of Google Docs,…

Virtana Platform

The Virtana Platform, from Virtana (formerly Virtual Instruments) is presented as a unified observability platform, that enables users to migrate and optimize across hybrid, public, and private cloud environments. A modular hybrid-cloud infrastructure optimization platform, it collects…


Epsagon, headquartered in New York, enables teams to visualize, understand and optimize their microservice architectures, with what it presents as a comprehensive lightweight auto-instrumentation, they state gaps in data and manual work associated with other APM solutions are eliminated,…

Timber.io Vector, from Datadog

Vector, a log aggregation tool used to collect, transform, & route all observability data, was developed by Timber Technologies, and acquired by Datadog with Timber in February 2021. Vector supports logs, metrics, and events, in order to make it easy to collect and process all…

Acceldata Torch

Acceldata Torch is a data quality solution focused on serving enterprise-scale data teams. Torch is designed to ensure that data remains accurate and complete throughout the data pipeline, including surfacing issues for data teams and automatically resolving quality issues where…


LOGIQ enables users to harness the power of machine data analytics for applications and infrastructure by unifying data types like logs, metrics, databases, and APIs on a single platform. LOGIQ is the creator of the LOGIQ platform, a converged data analysis software that brings…


Full-stack infrastructure monitoring solution for software and hardware. InsightCat is a comprehensive SaaS platform covering infrastructure monitoring, synthetic monitoring, log management, APM, and related processes. The platform is supplied with an auto-discovery feature that…

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.