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Data Observability: Is It Data Quality Monitoring or More?

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Database Trends & Applications – by Petr Travkin

Data Observability: Is It Data Quality Monitoring or More?

What Is Observability?

Observability by definition is a measure of how well internal states of a system can be inferred from knowledge of its external outputs. In other words, a system’s behavior is determined from its outputs—information obtained by certain measures.

Though observability as a term has been used for many years, the modern understanding originates in software observability, which is the ability to collect data about program execution, internal states of modules, and communication between components.

When used in the broader IT context, the term observability usually describes the ability to understand and manage the performance of all the systems, servers, and applications. The overall objective of observability here is to ensure that all resources are available and performing as expected.

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