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Observability: Taking monitoring to the next level

Part of the On Cloud Podcast series

Cloud complexity makes traditional monitoring techniques almost obsolete. That's where Observability comes in by going beyond monitoring to provide insight into what's happening, why, and how to improve operations.

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Observability: What it is, how it works, and why you need it—now

As cloud adoption increases and multi and hybrid clouds become the norm, operations become more complex and monitoring performance becomes more difficult. In this Knowledge Short podcast, David Linthicum talks about how the concept and practice of Observability goes beyond traditional systems monitoring to help IT teams observe, gain insight into, and maybe even predict what’s happening in their cloud ecosystem to better manage increasing complexity.


Observability leverages the ability to gain an understanding, proactively, providing insights that not only see where you've been but where you're going.

As the chief cloud strategy officer for Deloitte Consulting LLP, David Linthicum  is responsible for building innovative technologies that help clients operate more efficiently while delivering strategies that enable them to disrupt their markets.



Utilize observability for more effective DevOps

Cloud applications are complex, and old monitoring methods don't catch all potential design flaws. Instead, it's critical to use observability, with its focus on collaboration and shared responsibility, to look for "unknown unknowns" and catch problems, and solve them, before they impact the user.

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Chaos engineering: Stress-testing the cloud

Cloud architectures are incredibly complex and, often, it's all but impossible to predict and prevent failure scenarios. Enter the ascendant discipline of chaos engineering, which aims to discover cloud failure points, in in-production systems, before they become disasters.

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Cloud, in context

Cloud is more than technology. It’s about making cloud work for your business. Our hosts, David Linthicum and Mike Kavis, deliver their unique perspectives around the technology, business, and culture of cloud to help you achieve your cloud goals. Topics range from an enterprise-level, strategic look at cloud to practical information on the people, processes, and technology that can make cloud work better for your organization.

David is a top cloud influencer and author of 13 books plus thousands of articles on cloud. Mike is the author of two books, including the recently published Accelerating Cloud Adoption, and won the 2010 AWS Global Startup Challenge. They know cloud. Listen to the Deloitte On Cloud podcast to get the information you need to achieve your possible with cloud.

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