Why Observe?

After facing the “Here’s search bar, good luck!” approach to troubleshooting that most vendors provide, and becoming disillusioned with that approach, Observe was founded in 2017. Now, most businesses have implemented multiple tools specializing in niche areas such as Infrastructure Monitoring, Log Analytics, or Application Performance Management to collect data. The business then becomes dependent on experts to make sense of the data collected by the different tools.

Observe takes a very different approach because Observe fundamentally believes that Observability is a data problem. The essential telemetry data used for troubleshooting is not only extremely voluminous, and growing at 40% annually, it’s almost always fragmented making it really difficult to see how application and infrastructure components relate and impact each other.

Observe ingests all telemetry data including log events, trace events, a time series, or even a Zendesk ticket. Everything is ingested into a single, unified data store. And, you don’t have to think about the structure of the data as it is ingested because event data can be parsed on-the-fly later.

Then, Observe begins to curate the event data into datasets that are familiar to users. That could be AWS EC2 instances or AWS S3 buckets if the event data comes from AWS CloudTrails or it could be Pods and Container Logs if the event data comes from Kubernetes. Or, it could even be Customers, Sessions, and Transactions if the event data comes from a custom web application.

Because the datasets live in one database, it’s easy to link them together. For example, Jenkins Builds result in Images, which run inside Containers, which in turn run inside Pods. Well, you get the general idea. This is the secret sauce of Observe and critical to providing you with the all-important context you need to troubleshoot problems.

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Figure 1 - Observe Architecture

Why is context so important to Observability? Simply because modern applications are released weekly or even daily, which means that new code runs in production every day. This means, as a user, you could see brand new and unknown problems in production every day. When investigating unknown problems, it is critical that you quickly get your bearings and become oriented with the nature of the problem. Being a click away from more context, and without locating the company “expert” to do it, means that the root cause can be identified much more quickly.

Observe solves many use cases right out-of-the-box. If you’re observing AWS, GCP, Kubernetes, Linux or Windows Hosts, Jenkins, or Github, then you just hook up your telemetry data using Observe open source agents and everything lights up. That leaves you to focus on the thing you care about most - your application. There, Observe makes it simple for you to create custom datasets, relationships, monitors, and dashboards so you quickly become as savvy observing your application as you are at observing AWS.

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