Monitoring vs. Visibility vs. Observability vs. Telemetry


Do words like visibility, observability, and telemetry add anything valuable to discussions about monitoring? To a degree, they certainly do.

The application performance and reliability management corner of the IT industry is abuzz with buzzwords. Whereas monitoring was once the main focus, engineers now talk about visibility, observability, and telemetry, too.

What do all these terms have to do with each other? And are they just buzzwords, or do they refer to reliability management practices that are actually novel? Let’s answer these questions by taking a look at the new lexicon of monitoring.

Chris Tozzi

About Chris Tozzi

Chris Tozzi is a freelance technical writer and editor, specializing in topics such as DevOps, security, open source, and cloud computing. His most recent book, “For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution,” was published by MIT Press in 2017. He is also Senior Lecturer in IT and Society at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

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