VMware report finds org modernization cannot succeed without observability

by | Jun 28, 2022 | Technology

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Enterprise IT is getting so complex in the third decade of the 21st century that data management staff are finding that they need more help than employees can provide. They need reliable tools that can observe apps and infrastructure on a 24/7 basis, record important metrics and offer various options for potential solutions when problems show up – and that tends to be frequently. 

VMware’s second annual State of Observability report, released last week, clearly points out these truths, among other key facts. One significant takeaway is that observability, which has been a background participant in enterprise IT for several years, has now gone mainstream. 

Another finding reveals that 89% of respondents agree that today’s applications are significantly more complex and 97% report experiencing challenges monitoring cloud application environments, with visibility and insight issues increasing from last year, VMware’s senior engineering director of Tazu Observability, Mayan Weiss, told VentureBeat.

“We see this change in the market because we see how applications are now being constructed and run,” Weiss said. “IT used to be a big monolith on premises in a very controlled environment. Somebody in the organization used to be able to take you to a room and point at the physical setup and say, ‘Hey, your application is running right there.’ That was observability then. It’s a little more complicated now. Those days weren’t that long ago.”

As organizations look to become cloud-first to meet the growing demands of the shifts in the ways enterprises do business, we have seen the pace of digital transformation accelerate, Weiss explained. Digital transformations cannot be complete without observability tools in place, he said.

Enterprises have evolved their cloud strategies to multicloud environments and are adopting more containers, microservices and cloud-native technologies. This is creating increasingly distributed systems, making it harder to gain a comprehensive view into how they’re performing, Weiss said. As a result, legacy monitoring tools are obsolete fo …

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