State of Observability 2022: Modernization Cannot Succeed without Observability

June 21, 2022 Colleen Marinelli

As organizations look to become cloud-first to meet the growing demands of the shifts in the ways we do business, we have seen the pace of digital transformation accelerate. As a result, organizations have evolved their cloud strategies to multi-cloud environments and are adopting more containers, microservices, and cloud native technologies. This is creating increasingly distributed systems, making it harder to gain a comprehensive view into how they’re performing. 

This year's State of Observability report shows that 89 percent of respondents agree that today’s applications are significantly more complex and 97 percent report challenges in their ability to monitor cloud application environments, with visibility and insight issues growing from last year. 

There is no doubt about the increase in complexity that goes along with modernizing your business. Organizations today have thousands of business-critical services and dependencies, but many lack a holistic view that can help them understand application workloads and infrastructure, as well as give them visibility into all the interconnections across the IT stack, including containers and microservices. This can negatively impact the end user, as there is no complete picture of availability, performance, or resource efficiency, to ensure applications and services are up and running. 

The State of Observability reports 98 percent of respondents feel that observability capabilities would benefit their organization. The use of observability is becoming mainstream, with organizations adopting observability solutions to provide an understanding of critical interdependencies across application workloads and infrastructure. This is critical for identifying the root cause of a problem as IT teams can see how everything is running and connected across the IT stack. 

Monitoring tools alone cannot do this. Monitoring only collects the data from the system and alerts you to something being wrong. Observability goes beyond monitoring to interpret the data, providing answers about why something is wrong and how to fix it, allowing teams to pinpoint the root cause, minimize downtime, and increase operational efficiency. 

VMware Tanzu Observability is the first pane of glass to visualize, monitor, and analyze metrics from the entire stack, eliminating blind spots. Tanzu Observability was recently named as a Visionary in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Application Performance Monitoring and Observability

Visionaries see the future of the market, and Tanzu Observability is built for modern apps and multi-cloud at scale. Tanzu Observability provides critical answers, not data, so you can more quickly get to the “why” about the performance of your applications, correlated with underlying cloud infrastructure and end user experience. 

Key features of Tanzu Observability include:

  • Distributed tracing: Microservice incident isolation to reduce MTTR (mean time to resolution)

  • Alerts: Guided workflows for accurate, actionable alerts

  • Dashboards: Interactive dashboards with anomaly detection

  • Architecture: Real-time performance for enterprise scale

  • API, analytics, Kubernetes observability, and more

Complexity as organizations transform their business will only continue to grow. Observability is quickly becoming recognized as a mission-critical component to reducing complexity, successfully transforming your business, and innovating faster. Tanzu Observability, a visionary in the market, is available to guide you through this journey, eliminating the need for siloed monitoring tools with a single solution providing full-stack visibility via metrics and traces into highly dynamic environments.

Read the full State of Observability report, or check out Tanzu Observability with a free trial.

About the Author

Colleen Marinelli

Colleen Marinelli is a senior product marketing manager for Tanzu Observability at VMware.

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