Among the advantages of moving from traditional monitoring and IT systems management to full-stack observability are the cost savings and operational efficiencies gained from a centralized dashboard view. Although monitoring tools have evolved over the years, at best, they still deliver a mostly myopic view of your world.
Why is this? Due to containerization, distributed architectures, microservices, and hybrid cloud infrastructures, monitoring primarily captures isolated data from individual applications, microservices, databases, networks, or other highly specific targets. In today’s fractured multi-cloud environments, this limited view simply isn’t enough.
It's time to pull together the disparate data points scattered across your environment into sharper focus, and observability is explicitly designed to serve this purpose. Leveraging automation and machine learning, it makes the abstract understandable, brings transparency to internal states, and synthesizes massive amounts of data into a holistic view from the metal up.
Once in play, observability ensures your team has total visibility of services and dependencies while automating the discovery of threats and anomalies. In doing so, it creates an ”observability culture,” which unites IT leadership and business stakeholders in the common purpose of achieving better cost efficiencies and maximizing the return on investment in infrastructure management solution expenditures.
In this article, we examine the operational efficiencies and cost benefits you can expect in a typical SolarWinds® Hybrid Cloud Observability deployment. Whether you’re considering a migration from the Orion® Platform or a fresh installation, the operational savings and time to value will be quantifiable and grow over time. To provide context, we include metrics achieved by a Hybrid Cloud Observability customer in the months following their recent deployment.
The foundational capabilities and underlying benefits of observability have been dissected and debated by tech analysts and solution vendors for some time now. As with any emerging enterprise software paradigm, the potential cost efficiencies and projected return on capital and resource outlay take time to assess. But they’re quantifiable using time-tested methodologies such as in the use case provided below.
As a centralized approach to end-to-end management of on-premises and hybrid cloud environments, observability simplifies the aggregation of monitoring data and extends oversight. By unifying visibility and performance through the correlation of data, teams are better equipped to identify and diagnose service issues, compliance problems, and edge/surface security risks. The competitive advantages gained from these capabilities are greater accuracy and efficacy in troubleshooting problems and faster issue resolution.
With the benefit of deep visibility possible through observability, IT personnel and management alike can finally share a single source of truth and benefit from closed-loop operational management.
As with any IT service management initiative, the upside is measured in time saved, performance level improvements, and exceptional customer experience. Having the benefit of automated and highly granular service- and component-level visualizations supports the ability to continually analyze and predict impactful state changes, issues, and threats. Reducing the time and effort it takes to identify and prioritize problems and anomalies frees up personnel and resources for other higher-value activities, driving innovation and agility in support of business objectives.
Businesses can gain further cost savings by consolidating monitoring tools and offloading unnecessary licensing and support overhead. Replacing multiple vendors with the per-node licensing of Hybrid Cloud Observability brings pay-for-what-you-need control and greater clarity and predictability to IT software budgeting. The result is a lower cost of ownership and better resource allocation and capacity planning.
In a customer use case, we documented the operational overhead savings following their migration from the Orion Platform to Hybrid Cloud Observability:
Because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to observability, it's both possible and recommended to customize its adoption to suit your specific operational and digital transformation goals. To accommodate a wide spectrum of deployment scenarios, Hybrid Cloud Observability is available on a node-based licensing model and on a monthly subscription basis. This flexibility provides opportunities to allocate license usage according to geographic locations, hosting platforms, and business units or across client-facing assets.
In the interest of minimizing engineering overhead, Hybrid Cloud Observability is engineered to integrate easily with virtually all existing network management and monitoring modules, applications, and hosting environments. Initial deployment is streamlined with a wizard-driven installation and typically completes in minutes.
Unlike other observability offerings, our solution doesn’t require time-intensive and expensive professional services and is ready to go with out-of-the-box capabilities.
Shifting from a reactive to a proactive stance is just one of the transformational outcomes to be expected from extending monitoring to full-sack observability. Accomplishing this transition becomes considerably easier with a solution designed to be rolled out according to customer needs, either incrementally or simultaneously across the entire environment.
Either way, the availability of Hybrid Cloud Observability as a migration option from the Orion Platform and for the consolidation of IT management and monitoring solutions provides a seamless, well-defined path forward in support of greater cost efficiencies and world-class time to value, regardless of the scope of deployment or size of infrastructure.