Observability Tools

Best Observability Tools include:

InfluxDB, Sumo Logic, and Amazon CloudWatch.

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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

(1-11 of 11) Sorted by Most Reviews

Dynatrace
157 ratings
343 reviews
Top Rated
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.
New Relic
109 ratings
48 reviews
Top Rated
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.
Amazon CloudWatch
67 ratings
33 reviews
Amazon CloudWatch is a native AWS monitoring tool for AWS programs. It provides data collection and resource monitoring capabilities.
Datadog
62 ratings
19 reviews
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
28 ratings
11 reviews
Sumo Logic is a log management offering from the San Francisco based company of the same name.
InfluxDB
8 ratings
3 reviews
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 subscription.
Retrace
4 ratings
3 reviews
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 top page request…
Instana
Instana headquartered in Chicago provides APM services for SOA, microservices, containerized applications and Kubernetes, and cloud native applications, as well as discovery and monitoring for IT assets.
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 log management. Se…
Lightstep
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.
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 in an IT environme…

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.