Observability: What’s In A Name?


“Is observability just monitoring with another name?”

“Observability: we changed the word because developers don’t like monitoring.”

There’s been a lot of hilarious snark about this lately. Which is great, who doesn’t love A+ snark? Figured I’d take the time to answer, at least once.

Yes, in practice, the tools and practices for monitoring vs observability will overlap a whole lot … for now. But philosophically there are some subtle distinctions, and these are only going to grow over time.*

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