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Logz.io Unveils Managed Open 360 Observability Platform

At the AWS re:Invent 2022 conference, Logz.io launched an Open 360 platform that combines multiple open source technologies to provide observability across both existing monolithic and emerging cloud-native application environments.

Existing Logz.io offerings included in the Open 360 platform are Logz.io Kubernetes 360, a managed observability platform based on open source tools such as OpenSearch analytics software, Prometheus monitoring tools and Jaeger distributed tracing agents.

In addition, Open 360 includes Logz.io Telemetry Collector agent software, Logz.io Data Optimization Hub dashboard, Logz.io LogMetrics Index for converting log data into metrics and the Logz.io Trace Sampling Wizard tool for configuring open source OpenTelemetry Collector agent software.

Logz.io CEO Tomer Levy said rather than requiring organizations to combine a set of disjointed open software tools to create an observability platform, instances of open source tools have been curated by Logz.io. The goal is to streamline the number of tools and platforms that DevOps teams will need to observe multiple classes of applications, he noted.

It’s still early days as far as the adoption of observability platforms is concerned, but it’s apparent that as application environments become more complex the monitoring tools DevOps teams rely on today will need to evolve. Observability platforms, in general, promise to unify logs, metrics and traces in a way that makes it simpler to launch queries to identify the root cause of an issue rather than simply tracking a set of pre-defined metrics.

The rate at which DevOps teams will embrace observability will naturally vary, but the choice many DevOps teams are trying to navigate is how much to rely on proprietary observability platforms rather than using open source software to construct their own. Logz.io is making a case for finding a middle ground between those two extremes by relying on a managed service based on open source tools.

Observability has always been a core DevOps tenet, but achieving and maintaining it is challenging. Most DevOps teams today aspire to maintain some level of continuous monitoring. However, as it becomes easier and less costly to instrument applications, interest is rising in observability platforms that simplify the investigation of anomalies indicative of an issue that could disrupt a distributed application environment.

More challenging still, DevOps teams are also now managing a much wider range of application types as cloud-native applications based on microservices deployed on Kubernetes clusters are deployed alongside legacy monolithic applications running in the cloud and on-premises IT environments. The Logz.io approach enables DevOps teams to manage those applications at a lower total cost, noted Levy.

Regardless of the approach to observability, the increasing complexity of application environments has become a major challenge for organizations that are increasingly sensitive to costs. Many of them can’t afford to hire additional DevOps engineers. Instead, the focus is on increasing the productivity of existing DevOps teams using a new generation of observability platforms that should cost less to acquire and deploy than to expand existing teams of DevOps engineers. That may not necessarily eliminate the need to hire additional DevOps engineers, but it should ensure organizations are getting the most out of the DevOps teams they already have.

Mike Vizard

Mike Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist with over 25 years of experience. He also contributed to IT Business Edge, Channel Insider, Baseline and a variety of other IT titles. Previously, Vizard was the editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise as well as Editor-in-Chief for CRN and InfoWorld.

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