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What is Observability?

Observability is a broad term that refers to the ability to see into an opaque system by inferring the internal state of that system based on its outputs.

Observability can help you understand your multi-layer applications in depth. What's slow, broken, or in need of maintenance? Observability allows your whole team to optimize bandwidth by easily seeing not only when a problem is occurring but why.

How does Monitoring differ from Observability?

Monitoring is used to monitor your systems performance and discover the particular areas that you need to pay attention to. Observability on the other hand comes from control theory - giving you the insight to see how each piece of your system fits together so you can determine what to look at when it matters most.

What is OpenTelemetry?

OpenTelemetry is an open source project that has been gaining traction in the past few years. It provides a unified standard for telemetry data, or metrics, traces, and logs.

OpenTelemetry is the future of the full-stack observability market because it allows companies to be vendor neutral. With the collection of data switching to open source and being widely available, the question now becomes where do you send your data and who do you trust to provide actionable insights on that data?

What does full-stack observability with OpenTelemetry do for you and your teams?

OpenTelemetry provides a standard method of collecting and transfering data to a target system, no longer constraining your team to a specific language . Your team will no longer have to choose tools based on your programming language or the way your application was built. With OpenTelemetry collecting and translating your data into a universal language, you can choose tools that will provide you real actionable insights.

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