Splunk’s new Observability Cloud has launched this month, at a time when observability has become one of the hot/darling/killer (choose your own hype label) terms circulating across the technology landscape.
Observability (stemming from control theory as it does) expresses a level of insight into the workings of a given IT system based upon its outputs.
In practice (and certainly in the Splunk world) that means bringing together logs, traces, metrics and other application data source information trails to form visualation opportunities to help monitor, manage (and occasionally manhandle) applications and data services towards a stare where they can continue to function effectively.
With the Splunk Observability Cloud, software application development engineers and wider DevOps teams are promised a chance to get all their answers in a unified interface with metrics, traces and logs – all data collected in real-time, without sampling and at any scale.
“With the shift to cloud, IT and DevOps teams are now wrestling with more operational complexity that is compounded by too many existing monitoring tools that have blind spots, siloed data and disjointed workflows,” said Sendur Sellakumar, chief product officer, Splunk.
The Splunk Observability Cloud brings together software tooling for infrastructure monitoring, application performance management, real user monitoring, synthetic monitoring, log investigation and incident response. Splunk Log Observer, Splunk Real User Monitoring (RUM) and the new Splunk Synthetic Monitoring are all products designed to give IT and DevOps teams the kinds of visibility needed to gain observability.
The full Splunk Observability Cloud includes Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring, Splunk APM, Splunk RUM, Splunk Synthetic Monitoring, Splunk Log Observer and Splunk On-Call.
Built for DevOps users and use cases, Splunk Log Observer brings the Splunk logging to SREs, DevOps engineers and developers that need a troubleshooting-oriented logging experience.
Splunk RUM provides the fastest troubleshooting and most comprehensive view of web browser performance. Together, Splunk APM and Splunk RUM provide the industry’s only end-to-end full-fidelity visibility across the entire user transaction. Splunk Synthetic Monitoring is a new solution powered by the technology from the acquisition of Rigor and is now integrated across most Splunk products. This best-in-class synthetic monitoring solution improves uptime and performance of APIs, service endpoints, business transactions and user flows.
“Until now, the tools that IT and DevOps teams rely on to monitor and manage applications and infrastructure have been disconnected, often separated into two or three different platforms,” said Spiros Xanthos, VP of product management, observability and IT operations, Splunk.
The Splunk Observability Cloud is optimised and designed to consume and manage OpenTelemetry data at scale enabling customers to unlock their data through open source standards. Splunk Observability Cloud is OpenTelemetry-native allowing customers to unify data ingestion without vendor lock-in and reduce resource consumption with the lightweight, open-source OpenTelemetry instrumentation.