What is Full-Stack Observability?

By Michael Kedik, Xigent VP Offering Management

Xigent’s Full-Stack Observability Blog Series (Part 2 of 6)

In the first entry for our Full-Stack Observability series, we introduced you to Ed Ferron, Xigent’s FSO expert, and shared practical uses for FSO in today’s digital landscape. In this second entry of our 6-part series, Ed will dive into what Full-Stack Observability is. By the end of the post, you will understand what FSO does, what sets it apart from other monitoring services, and why senior executives are praising its ability.

Through the years, we have seen different fads in the IT industry that are a flash in the pan, like services and solutions claiming to improve your business. Efficiency this, streamline that, we’ve heard it all! Yet, there are specific solutions that evolve the digital landscape and provide such ease of use that, once purchased, we couldn’t fathom a time without them.

Full-Stack Observability has proven its worth for companies with business-critical technologies, software, and applications that run to keep their business functioning and their customers happy. If any single component is compromised, that could mean costly downtime. With FSO in place, businesses can pinpoint the exact area that is causing an issue. This ability improves staff efficiencies as it saves countless hours of troubleshooting and finger-pointing from fixing the issue(s) as they arise.

As defined by Ed Ferron, “Full-Stack Observability includes the ability to provide code-level visibility, measure and monitor network performance, database performance, the infrastructure running your application, whether it’s in your data center or in a cloud infrastructure, and the code that’s executing the activities of that application.”

FSO works as the eye in the sky when it comes to monitoring your company’s performance, applications, and end-user experiences. Yet, what sets it apart from Application Performance Monitoring (APM)?

Ed tackles that question by saying, “APM came out first to help us understand the application in its entirety, Full-Stack Observability encompasses APM, but it really helps us understand all the other things that surround the application. This includes network performance in our data centers, across the cloud, security vulnerabilities that may be impacting our application, as well as the resources that our application takes. This helps us understand the cost and the resource utilization, so we can align that back to IT budgets and measurements that really matter to the CIO and those senior executives.”

Where traditional monitoring falls short by only viewing individual silos, FSO surveys the entire digital landscape to unite the business leadership and IT teams on every level. This way, when issues arise, they can be detected quicker and minimize downtime altogether.

“We often see customers deploy Application Performance Monitoring and Full-Stack Observability solutions in their mobile applications, eCommerce applications, and applications that solve real business problems.” Ferron also mentions, “In addition to those (applications) that are customer impacting like SAP… and the large-scale enterprise resource planning systems.”

End-users have become accustomed to having high-performance applications readily available at their fingertips. Full-Stack Observability allows organizations to track users throughout the digital experience delivery from database and infrastructure to network and application, to ensure a seamless experience. Should a problem occur, FSO helps your team identify the problem quickly to remedy it before it impacts the end-use

With the understanding of what FSO is, how it is different from other monitoring solutions, and where companies are utilizing it, we can’t wait to share its primary benefits with you in our upcoming release. Be sure to follow along on our website and social media pages for the third part of the series, where we cover the benefits of FSO.

Want to Learn More About Full-Stack Observability?

Be sure to check out Xigent’s FSO web pages, follow us on social media, and stay tuned to read parts 3-6 of Xigent’s Full-Stack Observability blog series to stay up to date on FSO as we release content discussing Full-Stack Observability:

Part 1Meet Xigent’s Full-Stack Observability Expert: Ed Ferron
Part 2 – What is Full-Stack Observability?
Part 3Benefits of Full-Stack Observability
Part 4 – Components of Full-Stack Observability
Part 5 – Journey to Full-Stack Observability
Part 6 – Xigent’s Approach to Full-Stack Observability