Full Stack Observability: Subtle Yet Effective


We tell you the reasons why full-stack observability is gaining popularity

For delivering seamless digital experiences, technologists know that they can’t afford any slip-ups, or the company takes the hit. The ability to monitor and optimise IT performance and application experience is an essential aspect of modern technological architecture. Delivering such experiences requires structuring an increasingly complex, interdependent nexus of cloud environments and applications.

Application monitoring tools and techniques that provide a unified view of platforms and visibility into legacy on-premise architecture alongside cloud-native environments, including the increasing deployment of microservices and container solutions, are gaining more importance. Therefore, full-stack observability, or the ability to monitor an IT ecosystem across the entire stack, is now a top priority for organisations worldwide.

The essence of observability in 2022

Full-stack observability enables IT, application operations, development, and networking teams to rapidly identify anomalies, explore root causes through dependency analysis and help resolve issues before impacting customers and employees. When such performance data is connected to business outcomes, technologists can assess problems based on their potential impact on the business and prioritise their actions accordingly.

According to Cisco AppDynamics’ latest report, The Journey to Observability, support for full-stack observability is growing, and adoption is gaining traction. About 88 per cent of the 1,200 worldwide IT experts polled stated their companies’ appetite for full-stack observability has evolved in the last year. More than half of respondents are increasing their usage of full-stack observability, with 36 per cent aiming to do so in the next 12 months. Almost 85 per cent of respondents feel that 2022 will be a watershed moment in their organisation’s journey to full-stack observability and that the move will be transformative.

More than traditional monitoring

Many organisations are already seeing the benefits of full-stack observability initiatives, reporting improved productivity and a reduced operational cost across IT and Application Operations Units. It enables teams to spend less time identifying interdependencies across complex application stacks and understanding issues’ root causes. IT availability and performance issues can be predicted earlier and with precise and prescriptive measures. Teams using full-stack criteria can focus on more strategic activities than on maintenance.

The ability to monitor all technical areas across the IT stack also directly links to crucial business outcomes, with lower turnaround times than traditional and siloed monitoring tools. Tools are now being optimised especially for IT-centric users, providing various analytics, triggers, and actions. It can dig up the root cause of application and infrastructure issues, but it also presents an end-to-end context of a potential problem before the customer experience is ever at risk, a giant leap ahead of traditional monitoring.

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The observability advantage

Apart from improving both IT and business performance by providing a single picture of availability and performance, for cloud-native environments, including microservices and container solutions, a 360-degree view of their cloud-native environments can be easily accessed. Full-stack observability is a proactive, real-time solution powered by AI and machine learning. Improved user experience, cost and performance optimisation, and revenue growth are the early evident effects.

From the customer-facing application to the back end, complete visibility into computing, storage, and network performance may perform analytical miracles. Digital transformation requires end-to-end visibility on the backend. Companies that don’t take the leap now risk falling behind the competition, leaving them vulnerable to a major app outage that shuts them from the opportunities and money that help digital businesses flourish.

IT workers are well aware of the dangers, with 80 per cent agreeing that failing to make significant progress toward full-stack observability by 2022 will result in a loss of competitive advantage. If they don’t follow through on their plans, say 95 per cent, there will be consequences for the company, with 96 per cent expecting bad outcomes if they don’t.

Technology skills will be crucial in achieving full-stack observability goals. Organisations will benefit from tapping a trusted partner that can deliver best-in-class solutions and help them implement the operational changes necessary to maximise the benefits of full-stack observability. There’s no doubt that full-stack observability will prove to be mission-critical for technologists in 2022.

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