100 Top Observability Tools (+ Server Monitoring and APM solutions)

Looking for application monitoring and observability solutions? On this page, I’ve listed the top application performance monitoring (APM), infrastructure monitoring, and observability solutions to date. The listings are updated periodically as APM and observability solutions continue a rapid evolution. While I haven’t tested all of these solutions, I’ve used more than a third of them. […]

Checkout these 100% Free tools by Solarwinds

SolarWinds believes observability is about understanding the complete state of your application and infrastructure environment. Developers and support personnel must have comprehensive and consistent infrastructure and application performance metrics, visibility into application performance down to the line of code, the ability to trace service relationships, and a comprehensive view into related logs. With their integrated […]

Observability, Getting Started – 50 Free Access and Open-Source Solutions

This article examines APM and observability solutions and tools. I’ve also included several quotes collected from observability companies who offer easy access to their platforms and composed a list below of noteworthy observability solutions. I encourage observability providers to extend free and open access to their platforms and software, beyond free trials and without requiring […]

Top Serverless Monitoring Tools + Serverless Resources

Technology continues to evolve, and solutions for hosting applications continue to expand. One such method of application hosting that has been growing in popularity is serverless computing and, as a result, the increased demand for serverless monitoring. What is Serverless Computing? Serverless Computing is a cloud-computing execution model managed by cloud providers who run the […]

MySQL 8 sample config (my.cnf example) and tuning.

A while back, I wrote the article Tuning MySQL my.cnf? Avoid this common pitfall! With the release of MySQL 8 I wanted to paste some of a my.cnf config file for discussion, suggestions and questions. With the launch of the blog’s tech forums, I’m hoping that the performance tuning tips that emerge will be from […]

How to forecast metrics with Checkmk

In case you are responsible for any kind of server, you probably are aware of bad surprises that sometimes crash your plans after work or for the weekend. Suddenly, a server goes down, and you have to react to an incident because other people and systems depend on it. In this tutorial, I want to […]

Observability: 15 Industry-Leading Companies Discuss its Evolution

In this article, you’ll find recent commentary from executives and decision-makers of industry-leading observability providers on two key questions regarding the evolution of observability. Published: May 17th, 2021 | Updated: May 6th, 2022 The observability cloud continues to expand and evolve rapidly. Over the past year, millions of workers left their offices to work from […]

Free Linux Server Monitoring and APM solutions for SysAdmins

Today’s software applications require developers, testers, and SysAdmins to work together (DevSecOps) more seamlessly than ever before. A single line of code or poorly configured service can negatively impact your application’s performance, causing crippling slowdowns for end-users. This is where infrastructure and application monitoring comes in. Regarding Linux server monitoring, monitoring critical performance metrics of […]

50 Top Observability and Monitoring Solutions – 2022

Back in 2014, I compiled a list of top server and application performance monitoring solutions. Sharing that list publicly was a great way to gain feedback and recommendations on other tools available. Over time that list grew from 20 to over 100 server monitoring and APM solutions! Because of its growing size, I’ve created a smaller, more […]

30+ Log4j vulnerability solutions, tools and resources

In August 2021, the article “Observability in 5 minutes” said: “Cybersecurity, as we discussed last time, will dominate news headlines in the coming months. As such, along with adding context to collected telemetry data, security will emerge as an instrumental component of observability.” Over the past year, some of those listed observability software vendors have […]