Observability vs. monitoring debate: An irreverent view

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In the past few years, the word “observability” has steadily gained traction in the discussions around monitoring, DevOps, and, especially, cloud-native computing. However, there is significant confusion about the overlap or difference between observability and monitoring. Instead of providing yet another definition of “What is observability” and “Is observability different from monitoring and why” (you can read what I think about it on the What is observability page), I thought I would have a look at what the rest of the Internet seems to think about it. In this post, I’ll provide a few data points around observability and monitoring based on search term trends, social media, and various blog posts, and argue that the debate around observability vs. monitoring is, at best, poorly understood.

The search engine angle

Poking about in Google Trends over the last decade, you can see that there is a clear spike in the interest in observability around 2019, and the interest keeps growing.

Google Trends result for the “observability” topic since 2010. Interest starts growing markedly around 2019.

It makes sense: 2019 was around the time open-source distributed tracing began to take hold in the collective consciousness of developers, especially thanks to OpenTracing (now defunct and replaced by OpenTelemetry). An interesting bit here is that distributed tracing has been at the heart of most commercial Application Performance Management tools of the 2010s, from the venerable Introscope to the newer crop of tools, but it took OSS to make distributed


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