“Observability”... is a superset of “monitoring”, providing certain benefits and insights that “monitoring” tools come a cropper at. Before examining what these gains might be and when they are even needed, let’s first understand what “monitoring” really is, what its shortcomings are and why “monitoring” alone isn’t sufficient for certain use cases.

These are the four pillars of the Observability Engineering team’s charter:

- Monitoring

- Alerting/visualization

- Distributed systems tracing infrastructure

- Log aggregation/analytics

Source: https://medium.com/@copyconstruct/monitoring-and-observability-8417d1952e1c

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