Observability won't replace monitoring
(because it shouldn't)

White paper


If observability won't replace monitoring, if "the three pillars" aren't really pillars, and a single shiny datastore will never be sufficient, how should we model observability?


Observability will not replace monitoring, it will augment monitoring.

In this guide, Lightstep CEO Ben Sigelman unpacks the concepts of monitoring and observability to provide a better framework for understanding the role—and limitations—of monitoring, the laws of nature governing observability datastores, and how changes should serve as the guideposts for most observability explorations.

You'll also learn:

  • The anatomy of observability
  • The role of SLOs in supporting thoughtful monitoring
  • Understanding change (both planned and unplanned)